Drop Your Stick

Kayla Crawford Leadership, Personal Experiences & Stories

Do you ever have a message just ‘stick’ with you? (You’ll soon laugh at that play on words!) You randomly find yourself thinking about a particular saying, inspiring verse, or a message that has drawn you in? Yeah, me too. Most recently, it was at my worship dance fitness class. After our hour of fun and dance, the teacher talked …

Honoring your Team

Ashley Haschemeyer Leadership, Volunteers

Hope Gate wouldn’t exist without volunteers. There is not a piece of our system and network that wasn’t constructed without the assistance of volunteers and people who genuinely believe in our mission. I am thankful for their contribution and especially for their example in my life! Honoring your volunteers, or your whole team for that matter, has a multitude of …

Afraid of Change

Ashley Haschemeyer Leadership

We’ve all heard it before… that one phrase that makes us cringe like nails on a chalkboard… This phrase is painful, simply because it isn’t uttered to protect the organization from repeating a mistake (then it would be “We tried that and _______ happened.”), but instead the phrase generally represents a stick-in-the-mud. The idea to change is brought about because …

Defining Potential

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

This morning I saw one of those “demotivational” posters that people post on Facebook. It showed a box of French fries with the caption, “POTENTIAL—Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up!” I chuckled for a moment, and then I began thinking about what does potential really mean. I’m not referring to the official definition of the …

Family Traditions… Start One!

Tim Norris Personal Experiences & Stories

With the fall season in full swing for most of the United States, it brings a lot of excitement to those of us who are ‘celebrators’. This feeling and participation in parties, food, gifts, bonfires, lights, decorations and family gatherings are widely observed by most. What I find most interesting are the unique ‘rituals’ that families honor – often started …

The effects of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti

Tim Norris Disaster Relief, Projects

If you don’t know who Andy Roemer is you are missing out. How many people do you know that when they finally got to that good point in life, where you can retire comfortably, be living on a beautiful piece of Kentucky soil, with bass fishing in your front yard and deer hunting all around, time for the rocking chair …