September 20, 2014

Strategy for Success

Learning and implementing the key principles of Emotionally Healthy Leadership can be one of the most strategic steps you can take as a leader. Not too sure if this conference is for you?

Listen to Scott Cochrane, Executive Director of The Leadership Centre Willow Creek Canada speak about how this training affected him as a leader.

He remarked, “Bill Hybels talks about the need for leaders to move people or organizations ‘from here to there’; but every leader will, at some point, feel ‘stuck’ along the way. Pete Scazzero’s Emotionally  Healthy Leadership Conference gives leaders the tools to help figure out how to get things ‘unstuck’.”


NEW! Emotionally Healthy Skills 2.0

NEW!  Emotionally Healthy Skills 2.0 provides the necessary practical skills for your spiritual formation journey so that you can grow into an emotionally and spiritually mature follower of Christ.


DVD:  $34.99

Each session is designed to teach you new skills that enable you to put Scripture into practice. Integrating these skills into your friendships, small group, family, workplace,
neighbourhood, and church will transform both you and those around you.

The DVD includes eight 20-25 minute presentations by Pete and Geri Scazzero.


The eight sessions include:

  • Introduction and Community Temperature Reading
  • Stop Mind Reading and Clarify Expectations
  • Genogram Your Family
  • Explore the Iceberg
  • Incarnational Listening
  • Climb the Ladder of Integrity
  • Clean Fighting
  • Develop a Rule of Life to Implement Emotionally Healthy Skills


Workbook: $11.99  (Bulk pricing available)

Designed for use with the DVD, this workbook provides the necessary practical skills for your spiritual formation journey so that you can grow into an emotionally and spiritually mature believer. A leader’s guide is also included.

Bulk pricing available on workbooks






Click here to order product from our e-store or call 800.804.0777 to order.

First Things First

Here’s a great post from Pete Scazzero’s about starting your day out right. It’s called:

The First Thing To Do Each Day

Seth Godin wrote a great blog called, “The First Thing You Do When You Sit Down at the Computer” each day. He says, “If you’re an artist, a leader or someone seeking to make a difference, the first thing you do should be to lay tracks to accomplish your goals.” I think he is right – for artists and leaders at least.

If you are a Christ follower, however, the first thing you are to do is “to get up and go” to the place of grace like the younger son in Luke 15:11-24.  Soak in the unconditional love that God bestows on you. Let Him heal your shame and celebrate over you “with music and dancing.” Dare to believe that you are His beloved.

Adam and Eve lost this sense of their blessed identity and listened instead to the voice of temptation. In their hiding God sought them, asking “Where are you?”  God asks you and I the same question. Spend a few minutes in prayer and respond: “Here I am.” Listen for His response.

More Emotionally Healthy Leadership Events for 2013!

We are excited to announce that  we will be offering 2 more Emotionally Healthy Leadership Events in Canada on April 9th and 11th, 2013! As the demands of culture and ministry life become busier and more complex – the message and key skills of Emotionally Healthy Leadership  are becoming even more relevant.

Hundreds of leaders attended the events in 2012. 98% of the guests said that they would highly recommend it to a friend and other leaders.

Here’s some of the amazing feedback:

  • Learning about and creating my own genogram had an impact. It helped me to realize how much transformation has taken place in me, but also see areas where I still need to grow. It was also interesting as I began to think of it in relation to the leadership team of the church where I serve and some of the challenges that we need to overcome by the power of God.
  • I would highly recommend the conference – very thought provoking and instructive.
  • This training day provides a tool kit among many for producing healthier people, leaders and churches.
  • You can’t change what you are unaware of.  An event like this is a great place to get perspective on any hidden areas.
  • I wish our whole Ministry Team and Elders were there!
Join Pete Scazzero live for this  day of learning, training and skills development.
Don’t miss your chance to invest in your own leadership  as well as those of your ministry team. You will learn and implement skills that can transform the way you do ministry.

Insights from Bill Hybels – Global Leadership Summit

Below is a blog post by Pete Scazzero on what he learned from Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit this year:

As I sat in the front row listening to Bill Hybel’s first talk at the Leadership Summit a few weeks ago, I was richly blessed. The following are five themes I brought to a time of stillness before God when it was over.  I pray you will consider doing the same.

1. We lead from a God-centered perspective, but we do it imperfectly. (In other words, give yourself grace for mistakes you will inevitably make).

2. You are the most difficult person you will ever lead.

3. A leader’s most valuable asset is not his/her time but their energy.

4. Six by Six (6 by6). What are six things you can do in the next six weeks to offer your best contribution to your organization? Order your life as a leader to stay focused and make the maximum impact you can for God’s kingdom.

5. Thank God for the great privilege to lead.  Only a small percentage of people get to do so in this life. As an 80+ year-old, retired, ex-CEO reminded him: “Enjoy every day you get to lead, it will be over in a blink.”  Amen!

If you were at the Summit, what might you add to this list?

Fall Kick Off

Fall is a busy season for everyone who is involved in serving at a local church.

Unlike any other season, fall brings it a sense of order, planning and anticipation.

Establishing rhythms is essential to survive the fall “kick off season”.

Volunteers and staff alike are in high planning and implementation mode, from September… all the way through until at least July.

How can we be effective, organized and yet not in a state of “overload”?

Rhythms and Rules

One of the core elements of the teaching and training of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is understanding and implementing a rule of life and rhythms.

Planning for these 2 things will in the long run, will decrease stress, increase fulfilment and cause you to feel more centred on God and the purposes He has for your life.

Emotionally healthy spirituality requires quitting unhealthy behaviors in order to model and to enjoy a healthier life. You will want to learn new skills, and begin to do things differently as a leader, both personally and at home. Slow down to spend more time to rest, to be with God, to be with your spouse. Begin exploring and experimenting with Sabbath-keeping and the Daily Office in order to create rhythms and space in your life so that you can abide in Christ more consistently.

Want to know more?

Click here to read an article by Pete Scazzero about The Place of a Rule of Life.

Establishing your own personal rule of life will be worth every effort.

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.” -  Peter F. Drucker

Going Deeper

We’re excited to report that over 250 people who attended the  Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference in Mississauga and Calgary, signed up to a part of an exclusive online ongoing learning and conversation about this event.

It will give you access to exclusive videos and audio, polls, special resources and an opportunity to create conversation with others on this journey.

We’re calling it Going Deeper, and if you’d like to be a part, email us, and we will send you an invite.

Guest Post – Cheryl Molenaar: From Awareness to Impact

The following is a guest post from Willow Creek Canada staffer, Cheryl Molenaar. She recently attended the Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference. This is her remarkable story of moving from awareness to impact:

My name is Cheryl Molenaar, and I’ve been on staff at the Leadership Center Willow Creek Canada for 5 years. As well, I’ve been privileged to be a staff member of a church plant and serve in various areas of leadership. I’ve also recently been certified as a professional coach.

As a coach, I am always excited about learning that inspires action, and my focus is always about finding ways to build and grow, rather than focusing on what is not working.

As a leader, wife, and mother, the topic of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is very exciting for me, as I have seen how following these steps can radically strengthen me.  Emotional health is not only about us and our relationships; it positively impacts our image of God and our hearing of God and discerning his will. These simple principles are strategic in keeping leaders strong for the long haul.

Recently I had the privilege of visiting New Life Church in Queens New York and participating in the Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference.  I was able to represent Willow Creek Canada and to take in some advanced learning in preparation for our Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conferences being hosted at Mississauga and Calgary.

It was an honor to gather with hundreds of leaders representing 10 different nations. Many of these leaders have been implementing the skills of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) for years.

After 3 days of training and one-one coaching, I walked away with skills that I know will create a significant impact in my life, my relationships and my leadership. Now the choice was mine –  to move it from awareness  to impact.

After hearing many incredible stories of impact from leaders all over the world, my husband and I decided that we wanted to implement the Community Temperature Reading Skills into our lives immediately. Based on our one-on-one interviews with various EHS experts, we knew that this would be a worthwhile investment.

The purpose of a Community Temperature Reading is to increase awareness within yourself of your God-given value and to build healthy relationships with others. It’s a simple 5 step process that if used daily, creates a structure for healthy communication.

Unhealthy communication can create the following unwanted results:

  • Criticism
  • Contempt
  • Defensiveness
  • Stone wall

How often do you face these unwanted results?

What if you could learn the skills to create a different outcome?

How much time could you save in “conflict resolution” type meetings if you invested just 10 minutes a day to an emotionally healthy communication skill?

Every day, leaders are required to communicate important information. How we present it, can make or break the outcome. Leaders are learners and skills transform us. They keep us sharp, bring new insights, ideas and help move us forward. We are attracted to growth.

Join The Leadership Centre Willow Creek Canada for a fantastic opportunity to invest in your leadership skills. Register for the Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference in Calgary and Mississauga – with Peter Scazzero LIVE.


Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is a Leadership Strategy?

Recently, Scott Cochrane, Executive Director of The Leadership Centre Willow Creek Canada, attended the Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference in England.

He was pleasantly surprised by his learnings. He remarked, “Bill Hybels talks about the need for leaders to move people or organizations ‘from here to there’; but every leader will, at some point, feel ‘stuck’ along the way. Pete Scazzero’s Emotionally  Healthy Leadership Conference gives leaders the tools to help figure out how to get things ‘unstuck’.”

The Way to the Future is through the Past

Here’s a great post from Pete Scazzero’s blog:

I spent a lot of time reading of about the impact of social media/technology on our formation in Christ along with the importance of learning from other spiritual traditions outside of contemporary evangelicalism to root us deeply in Christ.

What are the lessons I learned?

1. We need to learn from Roman Catholics, Orthodox churches and church history. Remember, Luther was anti-Semite. Calvin drowned an Anabaptist for believing in baptism by immersion. Jonathan Edwards had slaves. Azusa Street, in 1906, split on racism.  While my church historian friend, Dr. Scott Sunquist, reminds me that the roots of evangelicalism in the 18th and 19th century was marked by a generous spirit towards other traditions, that is not the case today.  We are often deeply judgmental and narrow. Our church family genogram since Pentecost has many riches and warts. By studying this history, we can see better what to resist and what to embrace.

2. The Desert Fathers (3rd to 5th century) and monasticism, in particular, have much to teach us today. Their commitment to fashion a desert in order to hear God and cleanse themselves from the idols that filled both the world and the church model for us the kind of leadership we need for the 21st century.  The Celtic missionary movement of the 5th -9th centuries was inspired by the desert hermits of Egypt. St Patrick’s memoirs reveal that his mission to Ireland was preceded by monastic training in what is now France. We too need to listen to these desert fathers today.

3. Business people with resources through history have played strategic roles in expanding Christ’s kingdom. When wealthy people have seen themselves as missionaries, it has been very significant. Our first evidence of a sustained Christian church in India (after Thomas) was a wealthy Persian business person who purchased land for a church, and sponsored a bishop and priests to come from the national Persian church.

4. Christian unity is not an option. It is at the heart of the Gospel we share and live. One of the major reasons Islam became so powerful was the church was divided and divisive in spirit at that time.

5. Ideas matter. We sometimes think we should not get caught up in theological disputes, but some ideas matter a lot. History shows us what ideas are important and which are not. This was especially true of Arius. He thought Jesus was very special, only not God (5th century). That turned out to matter a lot.

6. Conversion of individuals must lead to conversion of cultures. Christians in Ethiopia developed their own music and architecture. The same was true for Christians in Nubia. Every level of society, every expression of culture (media, education, etc) must be permeated by the gospel.

What might you add to this list?