How to have a mind like water

This post contains outdated info on the tools I’m using. For the most up-to-date info, see this page. In David Allen’s classic book on personal productivity, Getting Things Done he describes an ideal state of mind: Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to […]

How to have a life-changing mentoring conversation

I’ve spent the last three or so years mentoring college-age men in both one-on-one and group settings. One of my initial challenges was figuring out what I should be talking about and how to effectively lead the conversation. It doesn’t that help that the goals of many mentoring relationships are somewhat vague (learn from the mentor’s mistakes, become a better Christian, etc.)

After my first year four essential conversation categories emerged for me. These make up a focused, productive, and ultimately **life-changing mentoring conversation.** Each of your mentoring sessions should generally include all of these elements (though not always in identical proportions).

My top 3 spiritual struggles

If there’s one thing I’m not a fan of, it’s the goes-without-saying assumption that Christian leaders should basically pretend like they never struggle with anything, at least not in the present. If it was a long time ago, *that’s* okay, because it’s in the past. *But we really can’t have our leaders admitting weakness in the here and now, right?* Wrong!