"the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men"
--The Apostle Paul
"The captain of the ship determines direction by the responses he makes to waves he cannot control."
--Adapted from a Chinese Dictator
"When a man attacks you he gives you a gift but the way you receive it can turn it into a curse."
--Adapted from Jigaro Kuno
"If you have no agenda you are not a leader. If you do not respect others agendas you're not a servant. A servant leader does not fear the conversation between agendas."
"A godly leader risks his agenda because he has no fear of accountability."
"The bottom line of church leadership is a relational objective."
"A godly leader follows so that others must adapt."
"Leadership with low outcome control and high self-control is a key difference between influence and manipulation."
What are Courageous Conversations?
Courageous Conversations are high value conversational engagements that surface, articulate, and act upon loving truth. We mix compassion and courage in a blend that simultaneously comforts and challenges ourselves and others.
Why Engage in a Courageous Conversation?
Faith based Integrity . . . the truth demands it. We trust the truth, risk trusting each other, and, most of all, we trust God to do what we cannot
Spiritual Growth . . . speaking the "truth in love" has been tied to spiritual growth for over 2000 years (Ephesians 4:7-17)
Love . . . "love" without truth creates illegitimate and dishonest harmony; "truth" without love is cruel arrogance (Ephesians 4:15, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, 1 Timothy 1:3-7, 1 Corinthians 13:6)
Experience God . . . God promises his presence among us when we engage each other openly and honestly (Matthew 18:15-21)
Courageous Conversations take us to a place of constructive tension. Would you benefit from facilitated conversations with the following characteristics?
Disciplined focus yet deeply open to discovering new direction
Gentle in kindness yet just as brutal in honesty
Deliberate about outcomes yet trusting God for surprising results
We seek God in our midst to reverse hopelessness, defeat cynicism, out-believe the impossible, and escape ourselves. Courageous Conversations are NOT about conflict but they do not fear conflict. They are about discovery, love, trust, purposeful relationships, and genuine partnership.
Welcome to our journey if you believe truth and love expressed in gentle boldness would upgrade your personal Christian walk or church experience. However, you would not find us to be easy traveling companions if you do not believe more truth and more love would be a spiritual upgrade in your spiritual relationships.