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John Stanko

John Stanko

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively. Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011. John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.

Posts By John Stanko

July 27, 2016 |

The Jonah Complex

The well-known psychologist, Dr. Abraham Maslov, described a life condition and identified it by using a name from the Bible. What name do you think he used? Moses? Joseph? Jesus? Paul? If you answered any of those, you are … Read More

July 26, 2016 |

Creativity Mandate

We have looked at Israel’s history in Egypt recently. Let’s look at a story from the Wilderness as the Jews made their way into the Promised Land. In Exodus 31, the Lord was giving Moses instructions of how to construct … Read More

July 21, 2016 |

Knowing God’s Will

Earlier this year, I fasted for 34 days. I had one purpose in mind, and that was to discover the will of God for my life. I had several options that seemed like they were available to me and that … Read More

July 19, 2016 |

Go Back

Recently, I posed a question and asked how many Pharaohs you worked for. Israel were enslaved by Pharaoh to make his assembly line run smoothly, and in return, he gave them very little. He oppressed them and they cried out … Read More

July 14, 2016 |

Jesus Never Recruited Anyone to Paid Ministry

When I conduct a purpose seminar, which by the way I could do every week if I had the opportunity, I make this statement, “Jesus never recruited anyone to a paid ministry position. He recruited people to fulfill their purpose, … Read More

July 7, 2016 |

Self-Interest is the Best Interest to Have

Every now and then someone asks whether or not it is selfish to pursue purpose. In fact, someone asked me this past week. They may ask where the cross of Christ comes in when you are doing something that … Read More

June 27, 2016 |

The Pharaoh Within and the Pharaoh Without

In a previous post, I mentioned Pharaoh and it made me think of something I have not written about for a while. This week, I want you to reflect on the fact that you may work for two Pharaohs, … Read More

June 17, 2016 |

God May Use a Company to Provide for You, but God Doesn’t Need a Company to Provide for You.

As you probably know, my purpose writing and speaking has led to a lot of purpose coaching. The purpose coaching led to a lot of creativity coaching, which caused me to start a publishing company last year. If there … Read More

June 15, 2016 |

Bible Insights to Share

  1. John 9 contains one of my favorite Bible stories of the man born blind whom Jesus healed. At the end of the chapter, Jesus had this exchange with the Pharisees: “Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into … Read More
May 17, 2016 |

Tell Your Story

I was studying and writing in 2014 when a verse in Psalm 105:7 that caught my attention. It’s a verse you are probably familiar with, but what struck me is that the verse is an exhortation for you (and … Read More

April 28, 2016 |

Bring Others with You

This week I want to wrap up our purpose profile on Joshua as we look at a story during which Joshua taught others to have the same kind of success he had. Isn’t it time that you also encouraged others … Read More

April 19, 2016 |

A Timely Miracle

Are you in a battle for time? Do you have more to do than you have time to accomplish? Let’s continue with our study of Joshua, which we began prior to Easter. Joshua trusted the Lord for a significant miracle … Read More

April 14, 2016 |

A Matter of Perspective

Are you facing difficult, even seemingly impossible obstacles in your life right now? Have you given up before you even started on a dream or goal?  Is discouragement clinging to you like cat hair on wool fabric? If you … Read More

March 16, 2016 |

A Number Two Man


Joshua is one of the few men in the Bible (Joseph, Daniel and David being others) who was a number two man who eventually became a number one man. He served Moses from his youth and then, when … Read More

February 19, 2016 |

Holding Up God

If you are like most people, you want to know if your ideas and actions are sanctioned by the Lord. Therefore, you may seek a sign of confirmation before you act, and that whole process is called putting out … Read More

February 10, 2016 |

Lessons in Courage

Has fear ever prevented you from doing something you wanted to do? Has fear been an excuse not to do something that you needed to do? If you are human, then the answer to both those questions is a … Read More

February 1, 2016 |

Black History Month Challenge

I am challenging all my friends, especially my Caucasian friends, to read or listen to ONE book in February that will contribute to racial reconciliation. In the past, I have read the speeches and sermons of Dr. King, the … Read More

January 25, 2016 |

Two Key Keys

Have you ever thought or said, “If only I knew that God wanted me to do this or that,” or “If only God would direct me to do something, then I would certainly do it!”? While it sounds logical and … Read More

January 18, 2016 |

A Big Book and a Sharp Pencil

I have been writing about Daniel the last few months, but now it’s time to move on. Let’s study a woman of purpose for a change; what do you say? Is that a good thing? I think it is, … Read More

January 13, 2016 |

Purpose Faith

What if you had to lead a team of people and not one of them was like you in any way?  What’s more, what if you were in a land that was not your home, with an adopted language, culture … Read More

January 6, 2016 |

The Year Behind, A Year Ahead

Happy New Year! I always hate to see the holidays end, and this year is no exception. Mine started early with a trip to New York, America’s Christmas capital, and ended with time at home finishing up three book manuscripts … Read More

December 22, 2015 |

Daylight on the Night Shift

I receive many requests every year asking how to find purpose. Many say they have “no idea” what their purpose is and ask me for help. While I respond as best I can, after all these years I know that … Read More

December 15, 2015 |

Down But Not Out

I love London. One year while I was there, I went to see Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Music Hall. What a wonderful way to enjoy a timeless masterpiece of music and Scripture in the city where it was … Read More

December 7, 2015 |

Stop-to-Do List

I have had a weekly one-hour radio show on a local AM Christian station called Wake Up to Purpose since September of 2012. It has been a joy to do, even though I had to get up at 5:30, get … Read More

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