Dr. Michaela O’Donnell is the Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership where she oversees the center’s vision, strategy, program, and team, all with the goal of helping leaders like you respond faithfully to God in all seasons of your life and leadership.
Michaela is the author of Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World. It’s gotten rave reviews from folks such as Dave Evans, Mark Labberton, Missy Wallace, Luke Bobo, Dee Ann Tuner, Kara Powell, and more. This book is a reflection of Michaela’s heart as both an entrepreneur and a practical theologian. Drawn to the real life working out of big issues, it is a how to for anyone walking the road of calling in a changing world.
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Wayne Park is Our New Program Specialist
I am excited to announce that Wayne Park (DMin 21’) will be joining the De Pree Center in the role of Program Specialist. In…Read Post
Webinar: Finding Joy at Work
Webinar with Angela Gorrell, hosted by Michaela O’Donnell Long.
Research tells us that seasons of challenge often holds extraordinary opportunity for joy.Read Post
Investing, Not Exploiting
Every choice we make to spend money is a way of investing in systems and goods and communities.Read Post
Investing in People
In life, we have people whom God trusts us with and people whom God trusts with us. Our investment in each other truly can pay dividends in God’s Kingdom.Read Post
Pilgrimage with God this Year
What if God is inviting you on a holy journey in 2021?Read Post
Dwell With God This Year
As you step into 2021, consider what it would look like to truly dwell in the house of the Lord in 2021.Read Post
What is God Birthing in You?
If you’re anything like me, this particular holiday season has felt both quieter and also somehow louder. Quieter because there’s not as much to…Read Post
Hearing & Seeing in the Wilderness
Advent is an invitation to settle in and to wait with hope in the wilderness, growing in attunement to the sights and sounds that help us know that the Lord is on the way.Read Post
Hoping for an Intervention
In this season of Advent, we can be as honest as we need to be with God.Read Post
Webinar: Inner Life of a Leader
Webinar with Tracy Matthews, Lisa Slayton, Inés Velásquez-McBryde, and Michaela O’Donnell Long.
This webinar will be a year-end conversation and a guided spiritual practice meant to help you attune to all that God is doing in and around you.Read Post
Practices for Growth, Part Two: Lean In and Let Go
This is part two in a series on Practices for Growth, find the first part here. It’s been a year of waiting. Waiting for…Read Post
Walking in the Way of God
Life is a series of choices. Along the way, we can either be people who are trying to get our own way in the world’s way, or we can be people who are trying to work on behalf of God’s way.Read Post
Invite God to Drop By Unannounced
It is tempting to spend our energy on the flaws of others instead of on our own growth. But the fullness of the work that God calls us to won’t flourish without our own willingness to grow.Read Post
Be Still and Know that God is God
When the earth shakes, we can never put it back together just as it was before. We can never quite replace the moments we missed or the things we hoped for that didn’t pan out. God invites us to take any hopelessness or discouragement and be still.Read Post
When the Earth Shakes Beneath You
Sometimes change feels like the ground is shifting beneath us. Right in the middle of those moments of chaos, God promises to be near—a very present help in trouble.Read Post