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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute A couple of years ago I was sharing the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus with a Ministry Formation class when someone asked me: “What is the most difficult thing about helping people to become Jesus-like Leaders?” My brain told me I needed a moment to think about that. But my mouth blurted out an answer. “Getting people to realize and appreciate that God really does love them unconditionally.” And there it was. Out in front of God and everybody – or at least the 25 or so people in the room. I didn’t so much answer t...

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The Yeshua Institute is offering a free webinar that lay ministers and volunteers won’t want to miss. Called “You Are the Face of the Church: Ten Guidelines for Effective Ministry,” it will be webcast live Wednesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. CT. It will be presented by Ken Ogorek, a well-known speaker who also serves as Director of Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and is a consultant at Evangelium Consulting Group. Ken also served as recent president of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). He will provide participants with 10 guidelines for effective ministry and t...

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A Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter is scheduled Saturday, April 27, in Hendersonville, NC. “Everyone is a leader some of the time,” says Dr. Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Institute. “S³ Leadership Encounters are exciting opportunities to grow as a leader at home, at work, in your parish and in your communities while integrating your faith with your everyday life. The workshops have drawn praise from Catholic leaders and members around the world. In an Encounter, participants are introduced to the S³ Leading Like Jesus approach with a compelling mix of dramatic vide...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute At this point in Lent, with Easter coming quickly, it’s a good time to consider the challenge of letting go. It could be any number of things: Giving your children a little more independence and/or responsibility; Delegating some things to others at work who could be ready … or maybe not; Moving from your own home into a condo or assisted living arrangements because chores are getting to be too much. Whatever the circumstances, letting go is nearly always a challenge. So imagine what Jesus was feeling as his time to leave his disciple...

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One of our principles in The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is “all of us are smarter than any of us.” And just to prove our principle, we have to tell you that it isn’t original with us. We borrowed it from Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager and co-founder of the Lead Like Jesus Movement. Thanks, Ken. Now we’d like to apply that principle to pastoral leadership – but we need your help to do it. Specifically, we need you to contribute best practices from your parish that we can share with the rest of our readership. If there is something that you or someone els...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Every once in a while there appears a book that pastoral leaders just have to have to both read and then keep handy on their bookshelves. Dr. Dan Ebener’s new book certainly qualifies. The fourth book he has written on leadership, Pastoral Leadership: Best Practices for Church Leaders is a book that anyone in pastoral leadership – from pastors to active volunteers – will want to read at least once, discuss with other people on the parish leadership team, and then go back and consult time and time again. It’s that good and it’s tha...

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A Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter will be held Saturday, April 27, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 208 7th Ave. W., in Hendersonville, NC. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s keystone program for developing Jesus-like leaders at home, at work, in our communities and in our parishes. Dave Coe, a member of Immaculate Conception parish and a Certified Facilitator, will lead the day’s journey into the heart of being an S3 Leader – Servant, Steward and Shepherd – as Jesus led and taught his disciples to lead. The day-long program costs just $30, including lunch, sn...

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The Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute will offer a free webinar for ministry professionals called “You Are the Face of the Church.” The webinar will be presented Wednesday, April 10, at 1 p.m. CT by Ken Ogorek, Director of Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and a consultant at Evangelium Consulting Group. Ken also served as recent president of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), and is a well-known speaker on issues related to lay ministry, catechetics and organizational health. He will provide participants with 10 guidelines for effective ministry a...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute In sharing the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, we introduce people to S3 Leadership: Servant, Steward and Shepherd. It’s the way Jesus led and taught his disciples to lead. It’s the way he wants all of us to lead – at home, at work, in our communities and in our parishes. Wherever we are, all of us are called to be leaders some of the time. So learning how to Lead Like Jesus is a critical skill for every follower of Christ. When we explain Servant Leadership, we note that the essence of this approach is behaving with the heartfelt con...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute It started out as an idea for how my wife, Jane, and I might do something together during Lent that would help us get to know the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles better – and also to better develop the heart and mind of Jesus, which is the real purpose of Lent. Then, the more I thought about it, the more I came to think that we ought to share our idea with you. Maybe its something you want to do with your spouse or a friend or even a small group that you’re in contact with on a daily basis. Here’s the idea: Through Lent we’re going to rea...

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