Start Here

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Thank you for coming to my blog site. I am grateful that you would take time to view it.

I am a committed husband, pleased father, and “totally-excited-to-be-in-this-new-stage-of-life” grandfather. I get to serve as the Executive Pastor of a Gospel-centered church.

I help those who desire to follow Jesus to more authentically execute leadership principles so that their influence is consistent with their life message.

I don’t know about you, but I struggle at times in my walk of faith in the Gospel of Jesus.

Especially as a leader.

I read about the Gospel and what it does for me every day, but I have difficulty living it out naturally and authentically through my various roles of leadership. It is like my life is easily compartmentalized. There is my faith and who I am and then there is my work and what I do. And many times it feels as if there is a dichotomy between the two.

But as I grow in my walk of faith, I am beginning to realize that the Gospel is not meant to just be some outside influence. It’s message is transforming who I am and how I view who I am in light of how I lead. The Gospel does not merely inform my leadership; it transforms my leadership. Leadership is a great gift and if I am not careful, I can de-value the Gospel’s power by having my “leadership principles” and my “Gospel-living principles.”

As if they are meant to be separate.

And so this blog is not about applying Gospel principles to leadership; rather, it is about seeing the Gospel as a lens through which all of leadership is to be viewed.

My tagline is “Leveraging Your Leadership Through the Lens of the Gospel.” To leverage means to use something to maximum advantage.

I do not want to just be a leader. I want every leadership decision or provision to be radically transformed so that my influence is changing lives and not just executing tasks. It is His story and not mine. Anyone can complete a task; only the Gospel can transform a life. I desire my leadership to accomplish the former but be remembered for the latter.

I hope this resonates with where you are in your own journey of leadership. Leading and influencing are great gifts.

On a personal note, I am fortunate that I have been married to my best friend and soul mate for over 25 years. I have three kiddos that bring much pleasure and joy to my life and for that I am thankful. I also have a wonderful daughter-in-law that I view as my own daughter. And this year, for the first time, I become a grandparent. Life just added a whole new dimension of fun.

Family life is never easy but it is tremendously rewarding and there is no greater investment of my time and love. My life is not perfect nor without its challenges and roadblocks, but it is a fruitful life.

I love the outdoors. There is something about it that clears my mind and renews my spirit. The grandeur of nature gives me a right perspective of my own smallness in this world. I also enjoy xc-skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, and playing my guitar.

I am humbled you would visit this site…thank you.

 

6 thoughts on “Start Here

    • Thanks for the question, Paul. I have taught at Northland International University for 10 years. I served as the Chair of the Department of Mathematics for about the first six years, teaching all manner of math classes including Algebra, Geometry, Calculus (1-3), Trans Functions, Problem Solving, etc. For the last four years, I have been in the V.P. of Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) role but never want to fully get out of the classroom. I currently teach some education courses, including Foundations of Education, Instructional Techniques, and Instructional Assessment. The classroom is my first love and I am always looking to improve my craft. Hope that answers your questions.

  1. I am privileged to know Antone personally. Huge fan of his academic approach and his Christ-patterned leadership abilities. Thanks for establishing this blog, Antone. You are making us all better!

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