New Beginnings

discipleship leadership Jan 21, 2020

January 20, 2020

This is a new day for our family.

We announced yesterday that this will be our last year leading Launch, the young adult leadership program at our church. 

Here is the announcement we read in those services:

"This is a big day for us.

If you don’t know us, we are Shawn and Keri Harvey, we serve here as pastors and elders.

 Shawn asked if I would share and represent both of us to maximize our time. He and I have been step for step in this journey and I am so grateful for him.

When I was 23, God put a deep burden on my heart to disciple and equip young adults. My life had been transformed in a program called Master’s Commission in Spokane, Washington. The mandate was from Malachi 4:5 “His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers.”

The focus then was on joining the generations, where the young and old would join forces, marrying the zeal of the young to the wisdom of the...

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Brave Leadership

courage leadership Nov 26, 2019
”Here is an important truth for you to make your own in this arena. Second to expressing kindness and care for their team, leaders are most admired for their courage.” - Stephen Mansfield Read More
Courage. It is the distinguishing factor of those who are willing to step up, speak out and take some hits for what they believe. 
I would never encourage people to take on silly arguments over petty issues, but some things are worth fighting for. 
Take a look at the landscape of your life - where are the friction points? What relationships cause stormy thoughts as soon as your mind drifts to them? What passion are you sure you should pursue but you keep talking yourself out of? What conversation are you avoiding? I would suggest that maybe what you don’t need is more time to figure it out, most likely what you need is the courage to tackle it. 
Friend, I know. I overthink EVERY LITTLE THING: “If I say this...this...
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The Not So With You Leader

Our church is in a historic week. We are celebrating our lead pastors retirement and the transition of the church to the new lead pastors.
This has me thinking about leadership for sure, but I must have this topic on my mind in general because I posted last week about leadership too, you can read it here.
This week I want to talk about what I call the "not so with you" leader: 
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” - Matthew 20:25-28
I have thought long and hard about this verse. If there was one, defining mandate about leadership, I...
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Top 3 books for 2018

harveyreads leadership Apr 24, 2018
I guess it is time to admit I might have a problem. I may be taking bibliophile (person who reads a lot) to biblio’hollic (someone who reads a lot, a lot). Since the year has started I have found the time to read or listen to 19 books and one of those I have gone through twice already. In fact I have taken up so much time reading books that I have had no time to write their reviews. So, here is a quick review of the three books I keep recommending to people in the last three months. Each one of them is a life changer and will be included in my Vade Mecum (books I refer to often) 

Crucial Conversations by Patterson • Grenny • McMillan • Switzler - 

Everyone finds themselves in crucial conversations at some time in their life. Most of us are in them weekly. Critical Conversations happen when emotions are strong, the stakes are high or views are opposing and the tension rises. If handled improperly these discussions become potential...
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