• Missions,  Spiritual Formation,  Team dynamics

    Leading When You’re Not in Charge: 3 Key Steps

    Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?  “I could do that better if I were leading”; “I know exactly what this agency/church/group/team needs, if they would just listen to me”; or “if only I were in charge…”  I’m certainly guilty of these thoughts at various points in my life and my guess is you are too.  Unfortunately, they are typically misleading and unhelpful thoughts.  You can find entire books written on this topic (and I hope you’ll find them and read them), but for today let’s look at three simple steps we can take toward being better “behind the scenes” leaders.   Be Positive Being positive doesn’t mean you have…

  • Missionary Kids/TCK's,  Missions

    Once an MK, Always an MK

    It’s not my purpose to use this blog as an outlet for my own story and experiences, but from time to time things take up too much space in my mind and heart until they are freed on paper. Up until last week it had been quite a while since I remember having that distinct “MK feeling”.  It comes much less frequently than it used to.  It’s a difficult feeling to put into words but for me it resembles a surreal mix of melancholy, sadness, wonder, grief, and joy.  It’s an acute awareness that I am small in the world; that belonging, life, and home are relative; that in fact…