By Dr. Dan Reinhardt

The other morning while reading Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, the thought came to me that Jesus was, among other things, describing how people mature in his kingdom. Take a quick read through His amazing description of life in his kingdom:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

When you admit your need and realize that you can’t fix yourself, you are ready for a new perspective; now you are ready to enter the kingdom! You have nothing; so you can turn your whole life over to God.

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

When you are aware of your sin and mourn your life’s choices, you will find the comfort of forgiveness in Christ.

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

Having admitted your spiritual poverty, you are no longer proud. You now have space for others, and that’s when they welcome you into their lives. And because you don’t own anything, you can enjoy everything – the whole earth!

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Your spirit loves this new way of living! Hungry and thirsty for this way of living, all of life becomes a satisfying feast.


Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

Knowing your own spiritual journey you now have empathy for others, and you don’t judge them. People feel safe around you, and don’t judge you either.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

You are being cleansed in your motives, and now you are able to see God everywhere.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

God entrusts you with his kingdom work of reconciliation; your wisdom and attitude allow you to resolve conflict. People see God working through you.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Incredibly, there will be some who will oppose this kind of living! Just as some opposed Jesus, so they will oppose you. But cheer up, you are in great company!

Now there’s a blueprint for healthy, effective leadership! Anyone leading this quality of life will have significant influence. Leadership effectiveness comes out of a healthy life. There is a direct relationship between a leader’s influence and the way they live their life.

This is why in CREST we focus on the leader’s life in the first year, and then shift to increasing leadership skills in the second year. We use a process that emulates how Christ worked with his disciples. Like those first disciples, we gather people into cohorts (small groups) that commit to learning life and leadership together for a period of two years. We are grateful to see amazing life change in our students who commit to this!

At CREST we specialize in helping people at midlife and in their second half. Research also shows that unless you intentionally address the significant transitions that come at mid-life, your life and leadership will likely flounder. There is a critical window of opportunity in the life of every leader that occurs at mid-life, typically in their 40’s and 50’s.  While some proceed on their own to maximum effectiveness, most need help to understand what is going on, and what shifts to make.  If a leader chooses to intentionally pursue development during this critical mid-life window, the success of their leadership is greatly improved!

We are starting a new cohort , November 2-5, 2015, in Alberta. Come join others who are serious about making their life matter. Sign up here.

Your life matters. It’s worth the investment.