“Who we are is how we coach.”

Recently a friend asked me to explain my understanding of leadership. I reflected on a variety of definitions that I’ve heard over the years. At its essence, I understand that leadership is influence. Most leaders would agree – and yet there is more to leading than just influencing.

“The couriers went out impelled by the king’s command while the decree was issued in Susa the capital; and while the King and Haman sat down to drink, the city of Susa was in confusion.”

As 2011 begins, I’ve reflected on some of the highlights of this past year. Hear are 12 months of praise to my God!

Born in Ohio and transplanted to Texas as a child, Jared earned a BS in Domestic Missions from Abilene Christian University. While still in school God ignited a passion in him for urban ministry, and he spent summer vacations working with various ministries such as Houston Impact Ministries, Memphis Urban Ministry, and Camp Shiloh in New York.

My little sister was born on January 1, 1969. Today she would have turned 42! I’m sure the angels are celebrating with her today in heaven.