STANRUSSELL.ORG – Leadership2017-05-03T11:44:13-07:00

Continual Improvement is Better Than Excellence

Okay, I got some of you fired up with that statement, didn’t I? Let me tell you why I think this is true. Excellence means something different to everyone. Whether large church or large company, finances, staff, facility and reputation are easier, and thus excellence, than with a small church or company. If you have more resources, you certainly have [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|

Women Rise Up and Take your Place in Ministry!

If you think women are weak, read Judges, chapters 4 and 5. Deborah is the nation of Israel’s wise and godly leader. All the men are following her leadership. Jael, also a woman, is the one who shows the warrior heart and defeats the evil king with courage and action. In the Old Testament of the Bible we see other [...]

By |May 10th, 2017|

5 Ways to Keep Good Relationship With People Who Have Opposing Political Views

We are currently in one of the most toxic post-election cycles I have ever seen. It is a political minefield with friends and family. More than one family asked me to pray with them this weekend at our services as feelings were hurt because of political discussions that had taken place around the table at Thanksgiving. It reminds me of [...]

By |November 30th, 2016|

Back to Back

A person is lucky in life to have a few really good friends. The kind who will stand beside you in good times and bad. Who never waiver in their loyalty. Who know your strengths and your weaknesses and love you and believe in you anyway. Okay, I usually don’t do what I am about to do, because I don’t [...]

By |December 1st, 2015|

The Best Leaders

1.    The best leaders love God with all of their hearts and put Him first. It all starts here. If Jesus isn’t first, then everything else on the list below is skewed. The best leader is in God’s Word daily and has a prayer life to stay connected with the One who will lead him/her to become a blessing to [...]

By |November 6th, 2015|


  The following scripture has been on my mind the last few weeks. In Luke 11:36, Jesus said: “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (NLT) The definition of the word floodlight in the Greek language is: Like a portable lamp [...]

By |October 27th, 2015|

Aloha From the Hawaii Pastor’s Practicum

I am in Honolulu right now at the New Hope Pastor’s Practicum. What can I say? It really is about the conference, but it sure is beautiful here. My purpose for coming here is to learn. The bible says in Proverbs 4:7: Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom. If it costs everything you have, get understanding. (NCV) [...]

By |September 11th, 2015|

Horizon Has Added a New High School/College Age Youth Pastor

I am thrilled to let the Horizon Community Church family know that we have added a new youth pastor to the current team at our Tualatin campus. Elliot Otteson has great experience, having worked as an intern with Solid Rock Church and most recently at Sonrise Church in Hillsboro where he led a dynamic youth group. He is a graduate [...]

By |July 30th, 2015|