Creating Trust Through Transparent Conversations

A leader within CRISTA Ministries said to me recently, “Transparency is almost always your best friend.” I have been thinking a lot about the concept of transparency, and what the Bible has to say about it. In a day and age when everyone seems to calculate their statements and responses in order to project the […]

Every Little Thing Means A Lot

You’ve probably heard of the New York Times bestseller Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s All Small Stuff by Dr. Richard Carlson. I copied this snippet from the book’s Amazon listing: “Are the little things in life driving you crazy? Isn’t it time you put these small annoyances into perspective once and for all?” […]

“Jesus” Leader are Powerful

The closer you get to Jesus, the more powerful you become as a leader. The value in our own walk with Christ is not only to make us into all that He desires for us to become, but to be the light of the world. We are called to make a difference in this life, […]

A Community of Service

The employee and customer service experience is what defines CRISTA’s culture. Our mission to love God by serving people comes to life through our staff and volunteers. Our employees are professionals who are passionate about growing in their personal relationship with Jesus both personally and in relationship with their colleagues. Every division meets weekly for […]

CRISTA Prayer Week 2013

2013 should be a banner year at CRISTA Ministries. We are beginning the new year with CRISTA Prayer Week, January 3-9, 2013. We are working hard to include our entire world-wide ministries. We will start this week with a special devotion at Schirmer Auditorium on Thursday morning and conclude on the following Wednesday, January 9 […]

Let’s Re-Brand Christianity Together

I believe we have a significant challenge with the “brand” we call Christianity.  What is a brand? If you look it up in the dictionary, “brand” is described as a physical logo—the “stamp” that captures the unique picture of the organization, business, product, etc. Scott Bedbury, in his book The New Brand World, takes a different and much more powerful look at […]

Nothing but the best from SUA, CRISTA and followers of Christ

It’s Wednesday morning, May 9. I just arrived at the office to write this blog after our annual Seattle Urban Academy (SUA) fundraising banquet at Benaroya Hall. Over 245 people heard the stories of three students who have had life transforming experiences through their involvement with SUA. This is a high school for youth at-risk with a […]

Leadership of Transparency and Compassion

Last week we gathered 93 of our leaders for our annual three-day training session. Every year, this is one of our most important events. We invited Bill Robinson, President Emeritus of Whitworth University, to speak to us about leadership. This topic selection came out of a critical look at feedback received from our staff. Our […]