Giving Day – 2022

One of my favorite parts about my job as executive director of the Max De Pree Center is that people regularly invite me into…

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Addressing Our Collective Crisis of Calling: A Reflection on CityGate’s Spring Labs

Addressing Our Collective Crisis of Calling: A Reflection on CityGate’s Spring Labs Michaela O’Donnell and Lisa Slayton In January of 2022, Lisa Slayton called…

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Overcoming Our Fear of Mentoring

You could come alongside someone who’s trying to make sense of what’s going on in their life.

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Street art of Mother Teresa

The Compassionate Leader

It’s more in my nature to want to run from suffering than toward it. So, I know I need God to transform my heart so that I’m someone who’s not afraid of suffering, pain, and weakness.

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Balance is Great, but Not Work-Life Balance

These days, it’s pretty common to hear people mention “work-life balance.” They may not be practicing it, but they are talking about. Often the…

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An Evening with Andy Crouch

Have you ever felt God calling you to something unexpected and outside your comfort zone?

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The Christian Practice of Vocation

I need to figure out what my people’s needs are and then cultivate the strengths to address those needs—whether or not those strengths come naturally to me.

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Women Can Have It All, Just Not All at the Same Time

It is almost 60 years since Betty Friedan first started encouraging women to make choices about their lives. Her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique…

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Women and Men Leading Together: A Biblical Study

I have been working full-time for almost four decades. During this time, I have had a variety of close working relationships with women, in…

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We’re Not Having A Work Crisis;
We’re Facing An Identity Crisis

God doesn’t intend for work to be our identity.

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Leading Better with Bigger Questions

We’re searching. We’re puzzling. We’re looking for connections and patterns and significance. Whether we know it or not, deep down some part of us is always asking questions.

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What Did God Birth in You This Year?

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the…

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Women Leaders are Meeting this Moment

Women Leaders are Meeting this Moment. Let’s Hope it’s Not Costing Too Much. Pre-pandemic, as part of my work, I would travel around to…

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Gratitude and Third Third Flourishing:
New Studies and Striking Implications

Introduction In March 2020 I wrote an article called “Gratitude and Lifelong Flourishing.” You can find it in the Third Third Journal of the…

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Lasso Leadership Lessons: Recap

Remembering What We’ve Learned On behalf of all of us at the De Pree Center for leadership and the Church Leadership Institute, I want…

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