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Spent time this week with a great group of young church leaders in Colorado. Love these guys and their commitment to doing whatever it takes to start churches that care for children.

11009369_1006498749369489_4698327938290963478_oWhile together, we toured Compassion International offices and got to hear from Compassion leaders. These Leadership Principles are prominently displayed at the Compassion HQ:

Compassion Leadership PrinciplesDemonstrate godly character Cherish family Commit to a local church Live with integrity Exemplify servant leadership Humbly listen Lead with courage Ignite passion for ministry Master communications Equip staff Strive for excellence Practice personal disciplines

This kind of leadership is what makes Compassion such a high impact organization. […]

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d4f040ce71f85a72a689c780352bff60I read the book, Unbroken, nearly three years ago. And it broke me up. Definitely one of my favorite reads of the past several years. Unbroken chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini was an Olympic track star who was later shot down and captured by the Japanese during WWII. His survival story is nothing short of astonishing, heart-rending, on the edge of your seat intensity.

If I want to give a book to a man to move him on the continuum of becoming a follower of Jesus, Unbroken is the book. This is not a “Christian” book in the traditional sense but rather a book about a man who, against all odds, becomes a Christian. […]

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For many people, summer is a time to catch up on some good reading.  I enjoy reading books that keep me sharp, books that feed my soul and books that are simply great fun.  Here are a few you might want to grab to take with you to the beach, to the office or to your favorite chair.

Strengthening The Soul Of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton.  This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time about caring for your soul.  Ruth rightly observes, “If Jesus were speaking to us today, he might also point out that when leaders lose their souls, so do the churches and organizations they lead.”



All Is Grace by Brennan Manning.   […]

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Top 5 Leadership Reads of 2012



1.  Movements That Change The World by Steve Addisson.









2.  Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker.











3.  The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.











4.  7 by Jen Hatmaker.










5.  The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni. […]

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We’re winding down with only a few shopping days left before Christmas.  In my opinion, one of the best gifts we can give to someone is a great book to read.  Just this week I gave each of RiverTree’s Elders three of my favorite reads of the year:  Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker, 7 by Jen Hatmaker and The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.

So, if you’re still searching for that perfect gift or simply want to pick up a great read for yourself . . . here are a few I recommend.

Calico Joe by John Grisham.  Grisham remains one of my favorite authors–I read everything he puts out.   […]

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