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Danger or Adventure

During a recent family ski trip to Winter Park, Colorado, I stumbled upon a fascinating feature of the Mary Jane ski area: The 40 Gate.

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Navigating Failure: Lessons from My Life

Twenty-five years ago, I was in charge of Young Life in Central Florida. At the time, Young Life was only present in one part of Orlando, so after working with my board to write a strategic plan, we embarked on a journey to start Young Life across seven areas in Central Florida.

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You are NOT the Hero!

I recently had the privilege of connecting with Donald Miller, best known for being the author of Blue Like Jazz, and most recently, the mastermind behind the StoryBrand framework. This framework highlights the roles of hero, villain, victim, and guide in every narrative. An opportunity for me to attend an event at his house in Nashville and engage in private discussions …

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New Year, New Opportunities: A Fresh Start for Growth and Impact in 2024

Happy New Year, friends!  Seeing so many of you at the Symposium this year was such a joy. As some of you know, this year’s theme was “Come Lord Jesus.” I left the Symposium filled with a sense of purpose and anticipation for all that this new year has to hold for each of us. I do not see 2024 …

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Rethinking Year-End Fundraising: Blending Innovation with Wisdom

In the world of fundraising, there’s much to be learned from both innovative leaders and timeless wisdom. Consider Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple, who once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” His philosophy of breaking the mold aligns surprisingly well with the biblical wisdom of King Solomon, who reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there …

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Bill Hautt

On Friday of last week, the world lost a remarkable individual, my friend and mentor, Bill Hautt. As many of you know, Bill was the visionary founder of The FOCUS Group, a man whose profound legacy in philanthropy has had a Kingdom impact on countless lives and ministries. Bill began his career in the realm of education, where his passion …

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Using AI to Transform Your Major Donor Fundraising

My favorite ride at Disney World is the Carousel of Progress. If you’ve ever ridden this ride, which happens to be the #1 most-ridden ride in the world, you have witnessed the story of one family as they travel through the 20th century. It starts with the turn of the century, goes to the 1920s and the 1940s… and then …

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Checklists 

Brad flying his son to camp! This summer I am doing something new: learning how to fly. I have logged about 25 hours so far, and hopefully I will have earned my pilot’s license by December.  A huge part of flying is going through checklists so that you don’t forget to do the important things that keep you safe. The …