All posts from “Ambition”

Leading for Someone Else

December 12, 2013 7:00 AM

Here in Chicago we have a quarterback controversy on our hands. Let me get you up to speed. Several weeks ago, the Bears’ starting quarterback (Jay Cutler) went down with a groin injury. It spelled doom for our playoff...

Authority or Influence

July 15, 2011 12:00 AM

As a pastor, I have authority in my community. But authority is not really what I want. What I really want is influence. Authority is the ability to get people to do what I think they should do. Influence, however,...

Skye Jethani: The Perpetuity Problem

March 29, 2011 12:00 AM

How do you define success? It goes without saying that those committed to Jesus Christ and his purposes in the world ought to define success differently than other people. After all, Jesus himself refused his culture’s narrow view of success;...

What Drives You?

January 3, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest issue of Catalyst Leadership has been released. This time we are focused on "The Drive." What fuels your ministry? What keeps you going? And what does a godly ambition really look like? As we being a new year,...

The Ambition Engine

October 28, 2010 12:00 AM

When I entered seminary 12 years ago, I was humbled by many of my classmates. While we all suffered through "suicide Greek" (an intense six-week summer course that only a gifted linguist with a penchant for self-flagellation would enjoy), I...

Three Dramas that Drive Us

January 30, 2009 12:00 AM

by Skye Jethani At any given moment we are each engaged in three dramas, but only one of them ultimately matters. First, there is the drama of the practical. These are the events and measurable conditions that surround us every...

The Top 10 Posts of 2006

December 29, 2006 12:00 AM

These ten blog posts were not chosen by Leadership's editors, but by the thousands of visitors to Out of Ur every month. Thanks for contributing to the conversation this year. In order of popularity, here's a look back at the...

Pastoral Ambition: Does success chip away at our souls?

October 3, 2006 12:00 AM

In the summer issue of Leadership we told the story of Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California. Over six years Oak Hills jettisoned its consumer-driven methods to focus more on spiritual formation and deeper community. Today, the leaders of the...


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