Millennial (n):

An abbreviation for the millennial generation; a term used by demographers to describe a segment of the population born between 1980 and 2000. History's most educated, diverse, and determined generation.

3 Keys To Take You Further

I watched Diana Nyad recently tell the story of her historical swim from Cuba to Florida. It was an inspiring story and she shared a few of the reasons that allowed her to accomplish a feat many tried before her, but all met with failure. Here are a few of the “strategies” she mentioned. Thanks […]

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Next Up Podcast: 4 Ways to Leverage Social Media In Leadership (Episode 7)

Having trouble gaining traction in the world of social media? Want to learn how to make the most of social media? Join Jonathan Pearson, Dustin Bates, and special guest Jeremy Chandler for a discussion on leveraging social media as a leader, a church, or an organization. They’ll explain what it takes to gain influence and how use it appropriately.  […]


3 Things That Kill Communication

We all have something important to say. I really do believe that. For those of us in church work, our message is not only important, but life changing. It’s the message that we want everyone to know and no one to miss. Working with people and being around people, we can often find ourselves in […]

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3 Prerequisites to Leading Well

Being loud doesn’t make you a leader. Neither does being popular. Leadership is influence, and influence means taking people in a direction they wouldn’t otherwise be going – hopefully forward. Ambition isn’t enough to qualify you to lead. There is more to the equation.

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Next Up Podcast: 3 Ways to Live & Lead in The Moment (Episode 6)

Anyone’s life can be busy and chaotic. For leaders, life can be flat out crazy. It’s tempting to run from one thing to another and miss what’s right in front of us. In this episode, Jonathan Pearson, Dustin Bates, and David Pearson talk about how we can enjoy the present time to the fullest. Links […]


3 Ways Leaders Can Ovoid Over Committing

Ever felt like you just don’t have enough time to give to the things and people in your life who demand it? I find myself at this place of tension often. Being an extrovert, I love spending face-to-face time with people. Nothing brings more joy to my life than just being with the people. Because […]


Questions Great Young Leaders Ask

“You’ll never know if you don’t ask.” How many times have we heard that or even said that statement? A bunch. There’s a good reason for that, though. That statement is true. We never know what we’re unwilling to ask or find an answer to. As young leaders, one of the greatest practices we can […]


4 Ways to Build Confidence

Confidence is an essential leadership characteristic. I have found having and building confidence is an inward job while the results are primarily outwardly shown. This is because confidence is defined as “belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.” It starts with self-leadership and the ability to consider ourselves winners, valuable, honorable, and worthy. To […]

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The Next Up Podcast: 4 Things Leadership Is Not (Episode 5)

Leadership is hard to define. It’s hard to boil it down to a solid definition. While leadership may be a lot of different things, there are certainly some things that leadership is not. In this episode, Jonathan Pearson and Dustin Bates talk about 4 things that leadership is not. Leadership is not manipulating, dictating, easy […]