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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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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

October 13, 2016 |

Moses on Leadership Communication

“The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him

from the tent of meeting. He said, ‘Speak to

the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone

among you brings an offering to the Lord,

bring … Read More

October 12, 2016 |

Is Being Good At Administration Unspiritual?

“And God has appointed in the church, first apostles,

second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then

gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds

of tongues” – 1 Corinthians 12:28.

Organization and administration are not modern phenomena, … Read More

September 22, 2016 |

You Don’t Need Rest

I have found that people of purpose are almost always busy, because situations that need that characteristic seem to find them. I have also found that people of purpose tend to earn their rest, yet they often don’t need their rest like everyone … Read More

September 12, 2016 |

Biblical Principles of Time Management for Leaders

I woke up at 5:29 AM several Fridays ago, wide awake and staring at the ceiling. I was thinking of all the things I still needed to get done to catch up from last week. I don’t think I … Read More

September 7, 2016 |

Lay It Down

I have been thinking about Ruth, the biblical character, the last few days. You may want to read her story before you read this, or you can watch the magnificent video summary of the book from a ministry called The Bible … Read More

September 5, 2016 |

Work, Relax, Repeat

People sometimes ask me how far in advance I determine the topic for each Monday Memo. There are times when I know early in the week, and then there are times that I’m not sure what I’ll write until … Read More

August 30, 2016 |


I have been reflecting on Paul’s address to the Ephesians elders found in Acts 20. While it is a sobering charge to church leaders, it also has some important elements that pertain to personal purpose. You may want to read … Read More

August 18, 2016 |

Are You Ready to Start Developing Your Potential?

We have heard it said about someone that he or she has great potential. We use that phrase when we see a glimmer of talent or giftedness in that person that is undeveloped. It is sort of like an old … Read More

August 16, 2016 |

There is No Neutral

When you find your purpose, you cannot help but be a leader. Your carry out your purpose in partnership with the Lord, and His wisdom and anointing flow through you. That partnership causes you to stand out from the … Read More

August 10, 2016 |

Fear Review

I received two emails from people who are considering enlisting my services as a writing coach. Both emails were filled with fear as the people shared their fear of writing about themselves (fear of pride), of paying for the services … Read More

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

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