Meet Pastor Birhanu M.

Meet Pastor Birhanu M –Sutton Turner This is a series celebrating Jesus’ fruit-bearing through church planters in Ethiopia. In this series I will be featuring church planters in Ethiopia sent by New Covenant Foundation.

You Will Be My Witnesses by Dr. Eyasu

(Pictured above) The first to receive Dr. Eyasu’s book were the members of the Executive Committee of the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC), representing over 8,000 churches and 8 million people. You Will Be My Witnesses Well, it’s now August. … Read More

Meet Pastor Fulaa

Meet Pastor Fulaa –Sutton Turner This is a series celebrating Jesus’ fruit-bearing through church planters in Ethiopia. In this series I will be featuring church planters in Ethiopia sent by New Covenant Foundation.

Meet Pastor Gezahegn

Meet Pastor Gezahegn –Sutton Turner This is a series celebrating Jesus’ fruit-bearing through church planters in Ethiopia. In this series I will be featuring church planters in Ethiopia sent by New Covenant Foundation.

What Does It Take To Be #2?

Who’s best suited to serve the #1? Someone who has been in that spot before. What makes a great executive pastor? This is a question I have been asked often by church pastors looking for help finding an executive pastor. … Read More

Opposites Impact: Lead & Executive Pastors

Opposites Impact: Lead & Executive Pastors Lead pastors often have a tough time finding an executive pastor because they tend to look for a version of themselves, but the second-in-charge should never be a clone. Instead, the lead and executive … Read More

Leadership the Lady’s Way

Leadership the Lady’s Way As women in the workplace, we can display our calling to nurture life through professional development. WOMAN’S WORLD DAILY In 1966, James Brown sang the lyrics, “This is a man’s, man’s, man’s world.” Two generations later, … Read More

Your Worth is Not in Your To-do List

Your Worth is Not in Your To-do List Who doesn’t have a to-do list?  For some, it’s on a scrap of paper. For others, it’s an app on your phone. If you’re old school, it might be a day planner. … Read More

Meet Pastor Belay M.

Meet Pastor Belay M. –Sutton Turner This is a series celebrating Jesus’ fruit-bearing through church planters in Ethiopia. In this series I will be featuring church planters in Ethiopia sent by New Covenant Foundation.

The Second-in-Charge: Are you a Haman or a Joseph?

The Second-in-Charge: Are you a Haman or a Joseph?   Whether you are a COO, a vice president, or an executive pastor, a second-in- charge by definition serves the leader of an organization. More than an executive assistant, the second-in-charge … Read More

Wielding God’s Sword in Prayer

Wielding God’s Sword in Prayer God’s word is a sharp two-edged sword that discerns thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12; Eph. 6:17). But how do we wield it? While the study of Scripture renews our minds (Rom. 12:1–2), … Read More

Women Leading Up

Women Leading Up Influence doesn’t require a position at the top of the organizational chart. No matter your title, you can lead, if you master the art of leading up.  Although I’ve managed corporate finances at the CFO level for … Read More

A Helpful Guide to Cultural Unity (Leadership Culture Part 3)

A Helpful Guide to Cultural Unity Leadership Culture Part 3 (see part 1, part 2) A theology of forgiveness and repentance is put to the test when we have been sinned against. (Prior posts in this series covered the biblical … Read More

9 Practical Lessons on Repentance & Forgiveness (Leadership Culture Part 2)

9 Practical Lessons on Repentance & Forgiveness Leadership Culture Part 2 (see part 1) I am sure that most of you reading yesterday’s blog on repentance and forgiveness already knew much of what I wrote and explained. You have likely … Read More

Repentance & Forgiveness of the Leader (Leadership Culture Part 1)

Repentance & Forgiveness of the Leader Leadership Culture Part 1 (see part 2) As I look back at my experience at Mars Hill, one of my largest areas of personal sanctification and theological growth occurred in the area of repentance … Read More

Should My Child Get Baptized?

Should My Child Get Baptized? One of my greatest gifts the Lord has given me as a dad was baptizing our eight-year-old daughter a couple years ago. Many have approached me asking questions regarding how to know when is the … Read More

Your Problems or Your Purpose: Where is your Focus?

Your Problems or Your Purpose: Where is your Focus? In 1997, I started a company that grew from 3 to 380 employees in just a few years. In 2008, I founded another company that grew from 4 people to 500 … Read More

Unequally Yoked

Unequally Yoked When I married my husband 18 years ago, I thought I was marrying a saved man. Two years in, I realized if he was a Christian, he sure wasn’t living like one. Paul writes to the Corinthians, “Do … Read More

Kids’ Church, Abu Dhabi

Kids’ Church, Abu Dhabi During our time living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Marci and I felt led by the Lord to host “Kids’ Church” in our clubhouse compound. We first started “Kids’ Church” for our own daughters, Grace … Read More

Hearing the Voice of the Spirit

Hearing the Voice of the Spirit The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force, but a real person who guides and speaks to us.  In the past, I have written about the advantage of Jesus departing the earth for heaven and leaving … Read More

Easter, A Look Back

Easter, A Look Back Celebrating and remembering Passion Week culminating with Easter Sunday is my favorite time of the year. I love it because so many non-christians and de-churched people go to a Christian church service and hear the simple … Read More

The Sin of My Discontent

The Sin of My Discontent “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus … Read More

An Executive Pastor Calling

An Executive Pastor Calling Sutton Turner spent his first 35 years accumulating everything a man could want: a successful business, a beautiful wife and kids, a golf swing, lots of money, and plenty of free time to enjoy the finer … Read More

Almost Two Decades and $32M Ago in Columbus, Ohio…

Almost Two Decades and $32M Ago in Columbus, Ohio… When I was growing up, my family lived on a street named “Wentwood” in Dallas, Texas. Then early in my career, I had the privilege of starting a company with my brother and … Read More

Jesus Wants Business Leaders

Jesus Wants Business Leaders Many of us assume that leaders in the church must have some sort of professional credentials, like formal ordination or a seminary degree. That’s what I thought, anyway. But what does the Bible say? We have … Read More

Get “Invest” For Free

Get “Invest” For Free In 2013, I had the privilege of writing a book called “Invest: Your Gifts for His Mission.” In it, I share the knowledge that the Lord has graciously given me over the years in business and … Read More