The Secret Ingredient to Success

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So what' s that secret ingredient that makes that steak go from good to great? What's that extra something that makes that chocolate cake taste extraordinary? There's just something about that taste.... And so it is with our lives. There's a secret ingredient that perhaps we have never thought much about but when it's there, people notice it. It tends to be different and make a difference all at the same time. It's the "ingredient" we see in Jesus -- a quality which we can learn from Him and grow in. It's the character quality found in Paul's words, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." The secret ingredient of a successful life is humility. Humility means "to put under…
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Toward the Goal Mentoring holds first Youth Leadership Conference

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One hundred students and staff came together last week for Toward the Goal's first Youth Leader's Conference. Students from West Holmes, Hiland, Garaway, Lake, Smithville, Riverview, Strasburg, and Dover met at Provia in Walnut Creek to learn more about Servant Leadership. The morning consisted of eight speakers who shared about various topics from leading yourself first to leading those older than you, to investing in those around you. The Youth Leadership Conference is an extension of Toward the Goal Mentoring, a mentoring initiative which  began this last year at two of our local schools. The mentoring model is available for other schools as well. Special thanks to Provia for generously providing the venue, refreshments and lunches for all those who attended. We are also beyond grateful for our speakers and…
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Leadership Huddles Provide a Place to Learn Together

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The heartbeat behind Toward the Goal's Leadership Huddles is to provide a place of learning together. After hearing from leadership coaches, business and/or church leaders, those in attendance have an opportunity to discuss in small groups or "huddles," practical ways to implement and apply those leadership lessons in their various environments of leadership. Just as importantly, they have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another. Bruce Hamsher, founder of Toward the Goal Ministries and Leadership Coach at Provia shared at TTG's first Leadership Huddle in February about leading through change. Following are just a few of his highlights. One thing leadership requires is the ability to lead through change. Leading change is one of the most difficult, time-intensive tasks a leader must do. If  leaders don’t change, the organization will…
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Toward the Goal Ministries to Offer Leadership Huddles

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Whether you lead and serve people in business, the faith community, education or another area of life, we invite you and your team to experience "Leadership Huddles." TTG Founder and Servant Leadership Coach, Bruce Hamsher, along with other guest presenters will share quarterly leadership lessons followed by smaller peer discussion groups, also known as “Huddles.” Our aim is to bring high quality, field-tested leadership training closer to home and make it more accessible to local leaders. Come ready to learn, grow and be stretched within your own personal leadership opportunities. Meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at noon at Keim Lumber in Charm (second floor conference room). Thursday, February 15th-- Bruce Hamsher and Dan Owolabi, Campus Pastor of New Pointe Community Church, Wooster Thursday, May 17th-- Bruce Hamsher…
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Mentoring Impacts Lives

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We are so excited to be invited into the local public schools to walk alongside middle and high school students. There is nothing like community members who desire to invest in their kids- encouraging, offering perspective and a safe place to ask questions. As a parent, I know I'm needed but to have another caring adult(s) who will take time to speak life into my sons is incredible. Each student is valuable and possess unlimited God-given potential. We want to be another voice in their life to come alongside and point it out. Mentor Training at the TTG Office
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The No Complaining Rule

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One of the most interesting books I’ve read over the past several years is, “The No Complaining Rule” by Jon Gordon. It has really changed my perspective and continues to challenge me with turning my complaints into solutions. The rule is fairly simplistic…We can’t mindlessly complain about something without also providing a potential solution to the problem. Three things really jump out at the reader. 1. I call it the And Yet principle. This simple strategy helps us turn our complaints into positive thoughts, solutions and actions. Here’s how it works… When negativity is heard or felt, simply add the words And Yet, followed by a positive, uplifting statement or perspective. Example: I get tired of washing the dishes, and yet, I’m grateful to have food every day to make…
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Human Trafficking Awareness

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We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others through force, fraud or coercion, as seen in both the labor and sex industries. The thirty-two billion dollar a year human trafficking industry is one of the fastest growing criminal activities, second only to drug trafficking (US Dept of Justice). Human trafficking happens worldwide, and Ohio now ranks 4th in the nation for human trafficking hotline calls (Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force Report, 2017). EVEN CLOSER TO HOME, VICTIMS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN TUSCARAWAS COUNTY. Toward the Goal Ministries is a partner of the…
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Partnering with the Tuscarawas County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

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Toward the Goal Ministries has been a partner of the Tuscarawas County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force since it's formation in the summer of 2016. God has laid human trafficking on my heart for years and yet I never knew what to do with it-- it all seemed so overwhelming. I began to explore Rahab Ministries in Akron, a ministry reaching out to the broken women of the city of Akron, and went through their volunteer training. I served a few times but began to wonder if there was human trafficking occurring closer to home, in our county. After much prayer and with confirmation from the Lord I made a phone call to the Domestic Violence Shelter in Tuscarawas County. Yes, our county had a need. Yes, they were seeing victims. It just…
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What advice would you give your younger self?

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Not too long ago, my husband was asked, "What advice would you, as a 48 year old, give your 25 year old self?" I thought it was a great question- one that caused me to reflect on what I have been learning over the past 20 years and sharpens my focus once again of who I am becoming. So on a recent trip to our favorite hiking spot, I had a weekend of reflection with God on this question and this is what came to me. To my 25 year old self, 1. Discover the joy of being you and be confident in it.  There are some that will not like you, or your strengths will make them uncomfortable. This doesn't make you bad or wrong. Keep growing and walking…
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Being a Torch-Passer

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Blog post from Titus 2 Mentoring Women  Today’s guest post is from John Ortberg, author of If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat,  Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them, The Me I Want to Be.  John is a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. When it comes to spiritual formation, it’s hard to find anything that rivals the impact of a mentor…a ‘torch-bearer’ who becomes a ‘torch-passer’.  We’re all being nudged toward the life of “torch-passer” in the unique way you will express it.  It’s as if God gives this torch of life, this light of life with Him and anytime somebody receives it He says, “Now, I want you to be a keeper of the flame.  I want you to be…
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