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Lent: Why bother?

Posted on February 09, 2016 in: Articles

If you’re wondering why you should even bother with Lent this year, consider this: the point of the season is to help us come closer to adopting the heart and mind of Jesus. That would seem pretty elementary if you aspire to be Jesus-like leader. And if that is your aspiration, it’s time to see Lent as an opportunity – not another hoop you have to jump through. The traditions of Lent are designed to help prepare us to celebrate Jesus’ defeat of death for us at Easter and his Great Commission to us at his Ascension to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). The Chur...

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It’s encouraging to see so many people show up in churches on Ash Wednesday, the fact remains that it’s difficult for busy people to find the time to use the Lenten season well to grow spiritually. We mean well. But as Jesus tells us, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Mt. 26:41). That said, there are plenty of quick, easy and free online opportunities to help us grow in our faith during Lent – and many of them remain available to us all through the year. We can’t possibly list them all. In fact, a Google search for “online opportunities to grow in Lent” ...

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Our new free Study Guide for Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel is now available for download on the Yeshua Institute’s website. “It’s being published just ahead of Lent so that parish-based and other small groups can make use of it during that season,” said Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Institute. “With six sessions, it’s ideal for those who want to explore Pope Francis’ vision for the Church and for each of its individual members during Lent." Lent begins next Wednesday, Feb. 10, with Ash Wednesday. There are two ways to download the...

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  The Church’s observance of National Marriage Week Feb. 7-13, culminating in World Marriage Day Feb. 14, reminds us that the most important leadership role most persons will ever have is in their home with their spouse and any children they have. That’s true even if you’re the CEO of a vast international conglomerate. No matter what your job, your home life is more important. It’s also true that the very best leadership performance occurs in homes, not on the job. And that’s because good parents love their children more than bosses love their employees -- and love is what fuels ...

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Encounters scheduled in Illinois, Iowa

Posted on February 02, 2016 in: Articles

A Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter  is scheduled in Rockford, IL, on Friday, March 18, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. It joins a list of four Encounters scheduled in the Dubuque (IA) Archdiocese in the next three months. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training experience to teach people how to be S3 Jesus-like Leaders at home, at work, in their parishes and in their communities. “Leadership is an influence process,” says Yeshua Institute Director Owen Phelps. “Anytime we try to influence anyone else, they are acting as a leader. So...

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We’ve launched a new Video Gallery that makes browsing our catalog of Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus videos much easier. We hope you check it out and find it helpful in your own efforts to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader. We’ve also added a new video about the ecumenical jail ministry supported by the Yeshua Institute and led by Yeshua Institute board member Dick Kunnert and Lead Like Jesus facilitator Ruth Fairchild. It’s a moving 3-minute portrait of Dick and Ruth’s commitment to serve prisoners. Click here to see all the titles in our video library. Click here to see the short vid...

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