One of my biggest takeaway’s from my time with Coach Dooley was the word integrity.   It was a passion of his to have as a cornerstone for his football program bur also one that he chose to live his life with.  You would think to have accomplished all he did and to have to have earned the status he has, there would be a sexier answer than the integrity.  However, that one word has sustained his legacy and left a mark on a profession and on thousands of lives!

Integrity may not always be noticed when something is being built, but it is for sure noticed when it is not present!  Thank you Coach Dooley for building a life that last and one that has left such a mark on so many people!  I pray that each of us will build a little slower, a little wiser and with a little more thought for what we are leaving behind!




Hello to all my followers!

I wanted you to know that I’ve launched a brand new leadership blog at that I’d love for you to visit.

If you’re subscribed here as a follower, I’ve gone ahead and migrated your subscription over to the new site.

That will be the blog I will be updating going forward, so I can’t wait for you to experience all of the leadership lessons in a brand new format and site!


Mike Linch

Spiritual Leadership

I meet very few people in the world that I walk in that are on a journey in leadership!  We all desire to be the best we can be to lead the people & teams that have been put around us!  However, we always do not know what it means to be a “spiritual leader” and how we can use the position & influence that God has given us to help others find their place in God’s plan as well!

This past year I have been on a journey with 20+ key community & church leaders on a discovery of what it means to lead God’s way!  It has been humbling and challenging to see these men look at leadership through a different lense.  I love how Richard & Henry Blackaby define spiritual leadership when they say that “leadership is moving people on to God’s agenda and not just our own”!  Love that!!

The new “Linch with a Leader” podcast is designed to show that there are TONS of incredible leaders in all walks of life leading with their faith out in front!  My passion is see thousands of great leaders become God’s leaders in the place that God has them!!

Excited for this incredible journey in discovering leadership in a new way!!!!

Impact 29

I remember distinctly the summer of 1988 – I was interning for my home church and the legendary student pastor, Hugh Kirby.  We had our huge camp, LifeWeek, that was coming up soon and I was playing a summer collegiate baseball league in Atlanta and had a full slate of games.  On a friday night Hugh informed me that he was leaving the next day for a camp at West Georgia College called Impact and that I was going to go with him to help him.  I kindly shared how much had to be done back at the church and my schedule and he kindly shared that he would see my on Saturday morning and to pack lots of red shirts for our color that week.

I had no idea what I was getting into but quickly learned that Impact wasn’t for the students that were arriving but rather it was for me.  I met tons of incredible leaders and made friends from all of over Georgia.  Now, here I sit today awaiting year 29 of this amazing camp.  I have watched thousands of lives changed and influenced during this phenomenal week (both of students in my student ministry to students from NorthStar to my own children).  There is something special about what God does here that I have not seen anywhere else.

I come back to Impact to pour into students and leaders but even more – I come back because I need it.  I need what God does in my life here.  Some of the top 10 moves of God in my life have occurred during this week.  Praying the same again this year!!  Now both of my kids are leaders here and I pray that their experience is a great as mine!!

Impact 29 – here I come!  Not as young as I was but ready for whatever is in store!!!

Test before Lessons

I was driving in this morning listening to the news and a quote was made about the weather that really caught me off guard……

Sometimes the test comes before the lessons

In school we always get our “lessons” before the test comes but in life, many times the test show up and the lessons come later.  There are times that we have to really “hang on” so we can actually determine what the lessons are from what we have gone through!

You may be in the test right now – hang in there – the lessons may be right around the corner!

Trust your stuff!

Last week Allatoona High gave our their 2015-2016 yearbooks.  Under each photograph the seniors are able to give their favorite quote to share with other others.  I was humbled that two of our pitchers actually quoted me – both made me laugh.  One of our guys quoted my line for calls I don’t agree with made by umpires “that was brutal” ….sad that is now stuck in his head for years to come!!  The other one however is one that has a lot packed in it, “trust your stuff kid”.

Any pitcher that steps on a mound has a million things swirling their minds and lots of fears ready to overwhelm you at any time!  There are a lot of things that you are not going to be able to control (defense behind you, who is hitting, the weather, the umpire) but there is one thing that you can do……trust your stuff.  The work that you have put in has prepared you for what you are going to do – don’t doubt it – trust it!

This is so true of life as well……God has gifted you and many times taken you through challenges to prepare you for where you are at and what you are doing.  Fears and doubts surround you…discouragement waits for you….what do you do – TRUST YOUR STUFF.  God has given you and will give you what you need to get through it – don’t doubt – TRUST IT and keep walking!

Never give up!

There is a tendency within all of us that when life knocks us down, we want to stay down.  Failure is always easier to remember than success and comes to our mind super quickly when something goes bad!  However, there are those (on the field & in life) that choose to never give up… matter the circumstance.

The reality is, you can’t beat the person who never gives up.  They go down but they don’t stay down.  There is no tougher competitor than the one who will not yield and you know that they will scrap & claw until the final seconds.  Teams of these individuals are special because collectively they thrive on adversity and no lead is ever safe against them.  There are other teams however, that once they are down they are done.  They have no fight and no grit.

I don’t know about you but I want to be the “never give up” category.  How do we do that:

  • Choose in advance to get up before you go down
  • Settle that your circumstances will not dictate your feelings & emotions
  • Focus on where you are going and not just where you are
  • Surround yourself with others who “get back up as well”
  • Remember to not put a period where God has only put a comma….Keep living and let God choose the ending!

“You just can’t beat a person who never gives up”!