Earlier this year, we gathered several Halftime couples who give strategically and significantly and encouraged them to share with each other their best practices, challenges, etc. As is usual when I gather with folks of this caliber I learned WAY more than I expected. Each of these five topics yielded enough for a chapter in a book on philanthropy, but here are the highlights: 1) KNOW YOUR PHILANTHROPIC MISSION -- A mission statement is as important to philanthropic success as it is to business or personal success. Whether your annual giving
What’s the difference between Bigfoot, unicorns, and discovering your calling? Two of them are myths and one is for real. If you are a follower of Jesus, you do, in fact, have a calling and it will always be consistent with advancing God’s plan for humanity. The Bible talks about calling this way: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do the good works planned in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10). And what are those good works? Jesus gave us a clear agenda that
One spring break, my wife, Michelle, and I took the kids to Disney World. My mom and dad were with us, and we ran into a guy who had played football for my dad. My dad was a high school football coach in Massachusetts for more than thirty years. This former player, ten to twelve years older than I, was with his extended family on vacation too. So there we were, a gaggle of New Englanders all from the same small town unexpectedly bumping into each other and reminiscing.
“But why do you want to know your second half calling?” It’s a question I’ve been asking – in so many words-- the past 4-5 years as I help men and women figure out their next season of life, their second half calling. The impetus for asking it came from an ongoing conversation I was having with Paul McGinnis, who is currently a certified Halftime coach and the COO of the Halftime Institute. At the time, he was enrolled at the Halftime Institute and I was coaching him. You
Dean Niewolny shares about a new book by Halftime Director of Global Coaching, Jeff Spadafora. Have you ever wondered why you’re not experiencing the joy and peace God promises? I was staring face to face with this question in 2006. I remember looking out of the window of my corner office in downtown Chicago. I was a leader in the financial services sector, overseeing a thriving business of over $100M. I remember thinking, “I should be the happiest person in the world. By society’s standpoint, I have made it.