FEATURED Organizations

Public Reading of Scripture Communities

Key proactive practices for leaders call for activities that involve community and care for their souls. The Public Reading of Scripture addresses both of these needs. These are virtual and in person gatherings, offered at various times during the week, as leaders throughout North America, and the world, join to listen to scripture. I have experienced great joy engaging Scripture in these communities. I think Paul was on to something when he said “devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture.”

Street Psalms

Street Psalms is a global ministry that develops Incarnational Leaders. They seek to gather and equip grassroot leaders from diverse backgrounds formed as missional communities in a commitment to serve among those most vulnerable in society; transforming vulnerable urban communities into cities of peace. Their weekly resource is highly recommended as is their Prayer of Vocation which can be downloaded here. 

Made to flourish

Made to Flourish is an organization of generosity that embraces an entrepreneurial mindset, diversity, dignity, and a posture of collaboration as they work with pastors and leaders “integrating faith, work, and economic wisdom for the flourishing of their communities.” They offer a variety of resources which will cultivate renewal and refreshment for leaders, including their Common Good resource, which is “a place for thoughtful commentary on and stories about the diverse people and ideas shaping faith, work, economics.”

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Recommended Books

Cultivate recommends these books for leadership renewal, insights, challenge and inspiration.  

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

By: David Brooks

“On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment. In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community.“ 

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

By: Daniel Coyle

“In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick…Combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders, and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded.” 

Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life

By: Makoto Fujimura

“In Culture Care artist Makoto Fujimura issues a call to cultural stewardship, in which we become generative and feed our culture’s soul with beauty, creativity, and generosity. We serve others as cultural custodians of the future. It is a book for anyone with a passion for the arts, for supporters of the arts, and for “creative catalysts” who understand how much the culture we all share affects human thriving today and shapes the generations to come.”

Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good

By: Steven Garber

“Vocation is when we come to know the world in all its joy and pain and still love it. Vocation is following our calling to seek the welfare of the world we live in. And in helping the world to flourish, strangely, mysteriously, we find that we flourish too. Garber offers a book for everyone everywhere―for students, for parents, for those in the arts, in the academy, in public service, in the trades and in commerce―for all who want to discover the virtue of vocation.”

Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment

By: Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas

“In the Dark Horse Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, [Authors} studied women and men who achieved impressive success even though nobody saw them coming…This mold-breaking approach doesn’t depend on your SAT scores, who you know, or how much money you have. The secret is a mindset that can be expressed in plain English: Harness your individuality in the pursuit of fulfillment to achieve excellence…will guide you to a life of passion, purpose, and achievement.”


Cultivate will share relevant articles on organizational leadership from reputable sources that relate to our focus on renewing leaders and are congruent with our offered consulting areas.

3 Ways to Boost Retention Through Professional Development

by Erica Keswin

April 05, 2022

People’s lives and priorities are changing in dramatic ways before our very eyes. While increasing compensation, promoting from within, offering flexible schedules, and making remote work easier are always good talent strategies, there’s one lever leaders can pull that’s highly accessible, doesn’t have to be expensive, and gives employees something they really want: on-the-job professional development. The author offers three ways for leaders to prioritize learning and development in their organizations. 

Onboarding Can Make or Break a New Hire’s Experience

by Sinazo Sibisi and Gys Kappers

April 5, 2022

Poor onboarding can leave your employees with lower confidence in their new roles, worsened levels of engagement, and an increased risk of jumping ship when they see a new, more exciting position elsewhere. On the other hand, companies that implement a formal onboarding program could see 50% greater employee retention among new recruits and 62% greater productivity within the same group. Given that how you onboard your employees will determine their experience, managers can take the following steps to ensure they set their new hires up for success: 1) set clear goals and measures for success, 2) create a multi-departmental onboarding team, and 3) provide support throughout the onboarding journey.

Preventing Burnout Is About Empathetic Leadership

by Jennifer Moss

September, 28,2020

Taking a one-size-fits-all approach to burnout prevention won’t help. Resilient leaders make quick pivots and remain nimble. Empathetic leaders dial in to the needs of their employees and adjust to the moment. And human-centered leaders give their companies a fighting chance to flourish in the middle of a global pandemic. This article explores how empathetic leaders are helping employees to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic in healthy ways, and how you can, too. Take our survey to share your own experience with burnout during the pandemic.

The Leader’s Guide to Corporate Culture

by Boris Groysberg,  Jeremiah Lee,  Jesse Price,  and J. Yo-Jud Cheng

February, 2018

Executives are often confounded by culture, because much of it is anchored in unspoken behaviors, mindsets, and social patterns. Many leaders either let it go unmanaged or relegate it to HR, where it becomes a secondary concern for the business. This is a mistake, because properly managed culture can help them achieve change and build organizations that will thrive in even the most trying times. The authors have reviewed the literature on culture and distilled eight distinct culture styles:

The New Workplace: Where Meaning And Purpose Are More Important Than Ever

by Renelle Darr Forbes Councils Member 

 September 13, 2017

Purpose and meaning is a two-way street where an employee is encouraged to bring their full set of values and strengths to work and, in turn, the organization supports the employee in using those values and strengths in service of its mission. For that reason, it is not only social enterprises that can provide purpose for employees, or that should. Research has found that employees who derive meaning and significance from their work are much more likely to stay with their organizations.

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— Mark Dunn, President, 1000 Lighthouses