Blogference Wrap: Do What We Know

Kudos to Brian Barela for putting legs on a fantastic idea – the Blog-ference. Well done, Brian. Thanks for inviting me into the conversation. I’ve learned a lot – for free. I’ve been impressed with DJ’s discussions on contextualization, Brian Virtue’s thoughts on servant leadership, and Shane’s crazy ideas for people in the mission. I appreciate everyone who took time to read and comment on my thoughts. Thank you for the gift of focused attention.

To close the week, I am considering Jesus’ last 6 hours with his men, the night before he was arrested and taken away. The apostle John allots 5 chapters out of 21 to these special moments. After Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, he wrapped a bow around three years of life-on-life discipleship by his actions, sharing his heart, and praying for his men to change the world.

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17).

This verse has been a guidepost for me during the past 10 years of my spiritual leadership. No matter what scope of responsibility we’ve been given, leading and serving other people gets complicated. There is always another idea to run up the flag pole, more demographics to research, more needs that I can meet, more teammates to consult, more trends to analyze. Jesus cuts through it all: Do What You Know.

I can think of no better four-word summary of what change leadership is all about. Change begins with me. If I know it, own it, and act on it, by God’s grace and power, change happens and I am blessed.

The world is waiting for each generation to show the Way. May we all lead well by loving well. Selah.

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

2 replies on “Blogference Wrap: Do What We Know”

Ken–Thanks so much for posting topics that were Word-driven, and full of insight and humility.

I know as I talked with my staff team here in Chico they really enjoyed your posts!

Agreed, bringing it from the Word has been a blessing man! Nothing to argue about!

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