We Wish You an AWE-full Christmas!

By Bill Mowry December 14, 2023

The promise of being filled with awe is present every Christmas. This holiday surrounds us with beauty —  festive lights, up-lifting music, and the art of the Christmas card. Even in an increasingly faith-less culture, Jesus is still present. But is the Christmas experience always AWE-full? I must be honest. Sometimes it’s not for me. If I polled everyone reading this blog, we would probably all agree: “We’re too rushed to enjoy the awe!” How do we slow down while checking off the gift lists,…

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The Disciplemaking Bee

By Bill Mowry November 17, 2023

We’ve all seen the headlines: bees are dying!  Bees and other pollinators are vital to life. Bees pollinate 80% of flowering plants. They account for $15 billion in agricultural products; bees shape our food chains. The good news is that commercial bee keeping has stabilized over the past decade. The bad news is that “wild” or natural bees continue to decline. Why are bees dying? The reasons are many but the bottom line is that when the environment around bees (the ecosystem) is changed then…

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Why write another book on leadership?

By Bill Mowry October 27, 2023

The Ways of the Leader: Four Practices to Bring People Together and Break New Ground is now available to order on or “There’s no shortage of leadership books today. So, why are you writing another one, Bill?” If leaders are honest, they realize that most books on leadership do not address their local challenges. Too often leadership authors reframe the same subjects — how to create and cast vision, build teams, lead with a strategy, or demonstrate godliness.  If they’re not repeating familiar material, many writers…

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Wanted: Ministry Innovators

By Bill Mowry October 12, 2023

It’s coming! October 17 is the release date for my newest book: The Ways of the Leader: Four Practices to Bring People Together and Break New Ground Wanted: Ministry Innovators Navigators’ founder Dawson Trotman, was a master ministry innovator. When someone mentions “The Navigators,” one image often comes to mind. “You’re the people who memorize the Bible.” Scripture memory is part of our culture, the DNA of our movement. How did it get started? Early in his Christian life, Trotman’s life was transformed by memorizing…

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Live Like a Culture Detective

By Bill Mowry September 28, 2023

Dinner at the Mowry home is a time for Peggy and me to catch up on our days. It was during a dinner conversation that Peggy jolted me with these words: “I’m going to resign my teaching position and find a job in a corporate setting. I want to live as a light among unbelievers rather than stay in the safety of a Christian school.” I was surprised. I knew how much Peggy enjoyed teaching in a Christian school. She loved the relationships with her…

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Here I Come to Save the Day! 

By Bill Mowry September 14, 2023

(Mighty Mouse and Leadership) Interviewing prospective staff for our regional Navigators team was always a collaborative process. As was our custom, the team met prior to the interview to discuss the questions we would ask the applicant. We identified the usual ones: “What are your strengths?” “Tell us about your past ministries,” and “What is your ideal working situation?” One question, though, jumped out from all the rest. “If you could describe yourself as a cartoon character, which character would you choose and why?” was…

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Class is Always in Session (even in a hair salon)

By Bill Mowry August 31, 2023

After years of receiving bad haircuts, I decided to entrust my hair to a hair stylist. Nicky was my wife’s stylist so I made an appointment with her. We soon hit it off. It turned out that she was launching a second career as a life coach. While cutting my hair, we talked about coaching and learning. During one of our conversations, I had a sudden flash of inspiration. “You know Nicki, this ten-foot-square solon is your classroom.” “I never thought of it this way,…

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Behind Every Ministry Stands This Woman

By Bill Mowry August 10, 2023

Who is this woman? I want you to meet my life and ministry partner. You will enjoy her. She’s peaceable, gentle, open to reason, and full of mercy and good fruits. Without her partnership, my life and ministry would have taken some very different turns. If you guessed my wife Peggy, you’re partly right. Who is this other partner? Her name is Wisdom and she’s stood behind my ministry for nearly fifty years. What distinguishes this woman? Wisdom in the Bible is personified as a…

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Who Wants to Live Like a Palm Tree?

By Bill Mowry July 20, 2023

3 Principles to Age Well This isn’t a promotion for a time-share in Florida; the place where palm trees grow. A palm tree is a biblical picture for successful aging. The Psalmist describes how the godly in old age “will flourish like a palm tree . . . still bearing fruit in old age” (Psalm 92:12, 14).  No matter our age we should be preparing for the palm tree life. Three simple principles can help us age well — principles not only for us seniors…

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Choose a New Playing Field of Faith

By Bill Mowry July 6, 2023

Choosing the right playing field for a sport is a no-brainer. We don’t play basketball on a baseball diamond. However, when it comes to the playing field of faith, I think there are two fields we can play on but one field tends to dominate our playing time. In my normal prayer gatherings, I find that nearly 100% of the prayer concerns that I and others express are what I call “prayers of circumstance.” This is the playing field of everyday life. We’re immersed in…

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