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Author archives: Mark

Free Online Training Event: "Helping Others Without Harming Yourself"

Date: 09.28.17 Time: 7:00 pm (central) –If you are seeking to do important work in the world, but feel overwhelmed by it, this is for you. –If you are challenged by anxiety and stress, and struggle to balance your service with the rest of your life, this is for you. –If you are wanting to deepen the impact that your life makes, but need help doing so in a way […]

Does God want you to do something you hate doing?

I don’t normally respond to people who comment on my writing. I used to be diligent about this, but now I don’t have enough time. However, I’m making an exception here, because the following comment from a reader of my email newsletter raises a helpful and important distinction. The reader’s comment was about a quote from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. First, here’s the quote: “It is very important that you only do […]

Who is your "spiritual teacher"? Do you even need one?

“The missing element in many spiritual quests is the spiritual guide. … When a person finds out that all his efforts at self-improvement are movements around a circle, that the ego does not really intend to give itself up in surrender to the Spirit and therefore only pretends to do so, he realizes that left to himself he cannot succeed in really changing his inner center of gravity. Help is […]

Free Teleseminar: Changing the World Without Wrecking Your Life: a blueprint for overcoming stress and anxiety

If you are seeking to do important work in the world, but feel overwhelmed by it, this is for you. If you are challenged by anxiety and stress, and struggle to balance your service with the rest of your life, this is for you. If you want to lower your stress level without lowering your performance level, this is for you. What: Free Teleseminar / Webinar  (you can access audio only by […]

Are you 'losing your faith' or is your faith being refined?

Just over a decade ago I began a journey, disillusioned by my experiences with “church” and the type of Christian faith and practice it advocated. I was a pastor, and thus a spokesperson for this brand: through teaching, preaching, and counseling. The crisis for me came in having to admit that what I had been taught — and was teaching — wasn’t really working in my own life. The faith […]

Thomas Merton on loving others: loving Christ in them

One of the hardest things for us to do is to love. It’s hard sometimes as leaders to love the people we are leading, because we inevitably encounter struggles with them, backlash against our leadership, anxiety and vacillation, criticism, and so on. It’s hard for people in organizations to love their leaders, because they inevitably experience disappointment and disillusionment with us, because they come to see our weaknesses, character flaws, and the mistakes we […]

More spiritual doesn't always mean more peaceful

In writing the book “Not so Overwhelmed: changing the world without wrecking your life” I’ve been struck by the presence of paradox in so many aspects of the spiritual life. As a Christian leader I’m focusing the book on spiritually minded people who want to do good in the world. But here’s the question: Do you want to not be overwhelmed, or do you want to do good in the world? […]

 
 
 
 

Leaders Don't Have to be Martyrs

Leadership is hard, but we make it harder by our own missteps. Leadership is challenging, but we make things worse when we don’t honor the limits of our bodies and souls. Leadership involves making hard choices, and dealing with conflict, but we make things worse if we don’t practice self-care. Instead we wind up fatigued, reactive, short-tempered, and feeling victimized by our role. Just because we are leaders doesn’t mean we have […]

RENEW Retreat for Christian Leaders ... coming January 2017

What: Retreat experience for Christian leaders When: January 15-20, 2017 (you have access to the condo from Jan 14-21) Where: Arroyo Roble Restort, Sedona, AZ Cost: $800 early bird (includes retreat and condo reservation), spouse attends FREE We’re very excited to announce the first RENEW Retreat, which will be held in sunny Sedona, AZ! This is a retreat for pastors, church staff, and leaders in other Christian contexts. Led by Mark Brouwer […]

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