“LINKS Leader Forum for Youth” this Sunday! #ReachHigher

The fall season is among us. Many youth have already received their quarterly grades, or have been on fall break from school. The weather is changing and leaves are turning colors all around. Some mothers and grandmothers are planning for the holiday season with more frequent visits to their favorite home goods stores; or exploring Pinterest, magazines, and books for new family traditions or recipes to implement during the upcoming holiday season. With all the excitement and hustle, it is easy for all of us to lose sight of future investments and long-term plans.

I normally don’t invest much time with holiday preparations, but I am always making future investments. This fall, Leadership LINKS, a 501(c)3 organization that I have the pleasure of leading, is focusing our attention on the upcoming “LINKS Leader Forum for Youth” College-Bound and Mentoring event at the University of Maryland College Park.

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The event is being held on this Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the University of Maryland – College Park. This event is open to the general public and will be beneficial for middle and high school students, and all those who have the privilege of loving and influencing them.

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Mentoring Monday: Availability

I’m not always available. That’s the truth of my life these days. Ministry and family commitments which often includes quiet and uninterrupted times of preparation or travel, means that I can’t always be available to mentees exactly when they think they need me.

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Leadership: A Work of Heart

Reflections on 

A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders

Author: Reggie McNeal

What is spiritual leadership?

“The first order of responsibility for spiritual leaders: to reflect the heart of God to the people around them (XIV).”

I’ve come to understand that the first person that I must lead is myself. Self-leadership includes everything from the way I focus my mind, nurture my body, and care for my soul and spiritual well-being, to the discipline in which I pursue my purpose.

When it comes to leadership, you must put your heart in it. The lesson from this book is: “When a leader loses heart, he [or she] loses (xix).” Life is difficult and challenging for every one of us. While some challenges and days are more difficult than others, it is certain that all of us will struggle in this world. When confronting their grief at the reality of his own death, Jesus words to his disciples was this: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33 NIV).” I love that in our English translations, there is the coordinating conjunction “but” in this sentence. In this sentence the word “but” connects and contrasts the trouble of this world with the proper response to take heart. Taking heart is an intentional act and it affirms the hope we have in Jesus. Jesus has overcome this world! In him, we are victorious and can therefore, live as champions in spite of the world’s troubles.

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