Author: Neil Schultz

I help church leaders and their spouses become resilient and healthy in their lives, families and ministries.

Campfire Benefits

Campfire Benefits

Campfire hiking backpackingSitting around a campfire with friends or family often makes me marvel at what an amazing experience it is and why I don’t do it more often. I wonder if it’s because I busy myself with too much. Maybe it’s because scheduling a gathering around the fire is too much of a chore, or because I can’t stand the mosquitoes. Even though our reasons for not getting to the campfire might be a mix of all of those things, we still need to realize the value of the experience. When we start up a campfire, God starts some very interesting soul

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Baptism

Baptism

“Baptism is coming out of the closet for Christ.” – Rick Warren

I just experienced an incredible scene of genuine missional life. A young woman who works for Exponential, whose mother was baptized by Rick Warren many years ago, trusted in Christ as her Lord and Savior a week ago and requested that Rick baptize her. He did that here at Exponential Conference 2011.

4,000 of us sang “Jesus Paid it All” as a result… wow. Powerful.

Safe Christianity?

Safe Christianity?

Thank you Francis Chan!

This reminds me of a question Lucy Pevensie asks in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe regarding Aslan: “Is he safe?”

The Beaver then retorts… “Is he SAFE?!?!? No, but He is GOOD!”

That’s our Jesus. Not necessarily safe in that He allows trials and obstacles to come at us (sometimes with an unrelenting fury), but they do so always with a purpose and an opportunity to develop or display our character. Safe Christianity? Francis Chan and Lucy Pevensie Say “NO!”

Leadership and Followership

Leadership and Followership

Here’s just about everything you need to know about leadership and followership. Although “followership” is not really a word in the English Dictionary, it IS a concept we are all too aware of.
Consider the words of Jesus Christ when He said, “if anyone comes after me” or “Follow me.” Also take heed about leadership and followership the value of genuine love. When Jesus said “if anyone loves me He will obey my command” (John 14:21), He was talking about following His leadership by obedience. To love is to obey. To follow is to love. To lead others is to follow someone else.
Watch this video. Although comical, it’s all you need to know about leadership and followership.