071: What Is Christian Leaders Coaching? [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

New year!  New direction.  This is the first episode of my rebranded podcast.  Today, we’ll talk about why I made the switch and what the Christian Leaders Coaching podcast is all about.    Coaching is fast becoming one of the key ways the people in and out of the workplace find personal and corporate excellence.  Over … Continue reading 071: What Is Christian Leaders Coaching? [Podcast] – Todd Stocker.com

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069: Christmas – What We Can Learn About Servant Leadership – Todd Stocker.com

If you’re a Christian or not, Christmas teaches us all about Servant Leadership. Today we learn from a great model who was the best servant leader ever! On This Episode: Today's Quote:  "You'll do more GOOD if you aim to SERVE more than you aim to PLEASE". - Chris Edmonds Most people recognize Christmas as … Continue reading 069: Christmas – What We Can Learn About Servant Leadership – Todd Stocker.com

053: 3 Tips To Enjoy Your Vacation – Todd Stocker.com

Chances are, you have just returned from or are planning to go on a vacation before the new school year begins.  How do you enjoy your vacation and make the most of your time away?  Here are 3 tips. ON THIS EPISODE: Statistics show that late July and early August are the highest times for … Continue reading 053: 3 Tips To Enjoy Your Vacation – Todd Stocker.com

Seven Years Afloat: Makenzie Home-going Anniversary – Todd Stocker.com

Seven years ago, I thought my anchor gave way.  My life’s-boat was set a drift in a storm called “the death of a child” when my oldest daughter, Makenzie, was killed in traffic accident. Yet what I found was my anchor was more secure than ever.  The pain, the grief, the emptiness and the heartbreak were … Continue reading Seven Years Afloat: Makenzie Home-going Anniversary – Todd Stocker.com

Memorial Day – The Unfathomable Sacrifice – Todd Stocker.com

"The atrocities of war are only overshadowed by the heroism of their dead." (Tweet that) As we lean into the Memorial Day weekend, our thoughts are on the time off, the friends gathering, the grilling, boating, and lounging.  Many are speeding to the cabin or to family a state away.  All of us look forward to … Continue reading Memorial Day – The Unfathomable Sacrifice – Todd Stocker.com

Do You Disconnect To Reconnect? – Todd Stocker.com

I recently started a closed Facebook group for my ‘Take Back Your Life’ community (click below).  These folks are new ‘voices’ that I already love. Yesterday, I asked the group what a weekend looks like for them and one of the ‘Lifers’ — that’s what I call us — said that weekends were her time … Continue reading Do You Disconnect To Reconnect? – Todd Stocker.com

Grace: The Athletes Key To Greatness – Todd Stocker.com

I was teaching 8th + 9th grade boys about the concept of Grace.  (I know — I’m one of the nutty ones).  Many of these guys are athletes and good ones at that.  Trying to find an analogy that would hit home, I harkened back to my days of sports.  Mr. Wesslin and Coach Hatch … Continue reading Grace: The Athletes Key To Greatness – Todd Stocker.com

My Holiday Hangover – Todd Stocker.com

No, it's not what you think.  I didn’t imbibe beyond limit and I don't have a headache.  I’m not calling in sick to work and I’m not sipping milk and eating crackers.  The hangover I’m referencing occurs these first few January weeks after the holidays and is always a bit of a let down for … Continue reading My Holiday Hangover – Todd Stocker.com

Christmas Light Has Come – Todd Stocker.com

I came home late last night (Christmas Eve), exhausted and exhilarated from my work at the church.  Snuggled on the couch, I found it funny to see my wife and two twenty-ish year-old children in fetal positions, waiting for me like 5 years olds waiting for Santa. I saw it in their eyes.  They wanted to … Continue reading Christmas Light Has Come – Todd Stocker.com

5 Feelings Your Pastor Feels Every Week – Todd Stocker.com

I’ve been a pastor for many years.  I’ve been able to serve wonderful congregations and ministries and have had the privilege of being part of a team to plant a fantastic church in a Phoenix suburb. Every year of my shepherding journey, this awkward month rolls around called 'October' which has been deemed “Pastor Appreciation … Continue reading 5 Feelings Your Pastor Feels Every Week – Todd Stocker.com

When Attempted Suicide Meets Hope – Todd Stocker.com

The police vehicles blew past us and into the neighborhood that we were driving.  Pulled to the curb, we were behind another car and another was parked in the exit lane of a parking lot.  Our three cars formed an ‘L’ shape.  This was yesterday. Immediately, I noticed a body lying at the crux of … Continue reading When Attempted Suicide Meets Hope – Todd Stocker.com

When Evil Goes On Live TV – Todd Stocker.com

Just a normal live broadcast for reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.  They loved what they did and this past week, they died doing it.  A former employee and co-worker raised slinked onto the shot and murdered the two of them and injured a third. I couldn't believe the evil.  It was meticulous and … Continue reading When Evil Goes On Live TV – Todd Stocker.com

How To Know Your Future – Todd Stocker.com

I’ve always been a future thinker.  Some would say too much so.  Now, I don’t dwell on the past and I enjoying living the experiences of the present.   The future, however, fascinates me.  It is 'coming up' which in and of itself tempts me with mysteries yet to be experienced.   Some have said you … Continue reading How To Know Your Future – Todd Stocker.com

The Sower: Good Soil is Synchronized

The story of the sower and the seed is rich with truth and application.  (You can read it here).  But of all the ‘soils’ that Jesus mentions, the one that hits me today is the good soil - not because it’s who I’m striving to be and not because it’s the Christian thing to say.  It … Continue reading The Sower: Good Soil is Synchronized

What A Dumb Thing To Ask!

“Good Teacher - what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Mark 10:17 What a dumb thing to ask!  "Doing" and "Inheriting" don't fit together!  Think about it.  If you inherit something, is there anything you have to do to inherit it?  When I die, isn’t it up to me to assign my possessions to … Continue reading What A Dumb Thing To Ask!