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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

December 2, 2015 |

Extravagant Faith

Have you ever made a commitment to do something by a certain deadline and had no idea how to do it?  How did it turn out?  If you’re like most, it probably turned out better than you expected.  You … Read More

November 30, 2015 |

Came Out Smelling Like a Rose

I have been on many safaris in Africa and it is always special to see a lion, male or female. In South Africa once, I was put into a cage with five or six lion cubs, and they were … Read More

November 18, 2015 |

Purpose Is Not Enough

I find myself meeting with people every week to talk about life purpose.   am always thrilled when I see the concept of purpose break through in someone’s thinking. Furthermore, I have met with about 3,500 people one-on-one in the last … Read More

November 9, 2015 |

Daniel Was What He Didn’t Eat

Let’s move on to compile another purpose profile, and this time I will focus on the life of Daniel. Daniel and Joseph are two “super heroes” of the Old Testament. They are almost too good to be real! They were … Read More

November 2, 2015 |

Peter’s Purpose Profile

I’ve found that God is often more comfortable with our humanity than we are. What do I mean by this?   We let our failures and what we can’t do keep us from doing what we can do. This wasn’t the … Read More

October 29, 2015 |

Your Purpose Legacy

Let’s finish up this week with our purpose lessons from our study of Nehemiah. Last week, we looked at the tendency for enemies to appear when you start to pursue and fulfill purpose. External opposition is serious, but it may … Read More

October 22, 2015 |

Your Purpose Enemies

I returned from Kenya last Friday. It was a quick trip of only eight days, but it was highly productive as you can read from my report, complete with pictures. For now, I want to continue our purpose profile of … Read More

October 19, 2015 |

Purpose Clarity

Nehemiah prayed and fasted to clarify his passion and direction forward. Then his big break came. One day he was serving the king and the king noticed that Nehemiah was sad. Let’s read the rest in Nehemiah’s own words.

The … Read More

October 7, 2015 |

Purpose Tears

Last week, we continued our purpose profile series with a lesson from the purposeful life of Nehemiah. The first point we made last week was

  1. You don’t know your purpose because you don’t ask enough questions – and keep … Read More
September 29, 2015 |

Quality Questions

This week we continue our purpose profiles as we look at the life of Nehemiah. There are some exciting and helpful purpose lessons ahead in the next few weeks as we study this man’s life.  (You may wish to read … Read More

September 21, 2015 |

Purpose Comes Looking for You

I received more feedback from last week’s Memo than any other I have written. I urge you to read the Memos from the last two weeks, for this week we continue our purpose profiles of Esther and Mordecai.  The point … Read More

September 17, 2015 |

God Remembers

This week I will share with you one of my favorite stories in the entire Bible!  I know that this story will encourage you and help you in your PurposeQuest. While this week’s profile is from the life of Esther, … Read More

September 16, 2015 |

Mind Your Business

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes”

– Psalm 37:7.

Today’s verse contains three commands for you to follow. … Read More

September 15, 2015 |

Dark Nights

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning”

– Psalm 30:5.

There are seasons of life where things don’t go well. … Read More

September 14, 2015 |

Faith Victories

“The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give!”

– Psalm 21:1.

God gave David strength and it gave David great joy. Yet this strength was for a purpose, and … Read More

September 11, 2015 |

The Word of God

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

– Psalm 119:11.

The Bible is not to be studied as any other book, for it is a living book that will … Read More

September 10, 2015 |

The Humble Will Be Exalted!

“The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground”

– Psalm 147:6.

God loves and cares for the humble, those people who are not proud and who recognize their need for the Lord. The humble … Read More

September 9, 2015 |

The Kingdom of God

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations”

– Psalm 145:13.

Jesus came preaching the kingdom of God. Another phrase for the Kingdom is God’s government, which means Jesus taught that people everywhere … Read More

September 8, 2015 |

Dangers of Idolatry

“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them … Read More

September 4, 2015 |

God Over Nature

“Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth”

– Psalm 124:8.

The psalmists repeatedly referred back to God’s natural acts of creation to describe and frame God’s majesty and power. Thus, they regularly mention the … Read More

September 3, 2015 |

Simple Things Still Need to be Said

“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord”

– Psalm 117:1-2.

Today’s two verses are the only … Read More

September 2, 2015 |

Don’t Grow Weary

“The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless his people Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the Lord— small and great alike”

– Psalm 115:12-13.

The Lord … Read More

September 1, 2015 |

Grumbling is Unproductive… and Contagious

“Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his promise. They grumbled in their tents and did not obey the Lord”

– Psalm 106:24-25.

The Israelites were a nasty, unruly lot as they left Egypt and … Read More

August 31, 2015 |

Procrastination: Read About it Now, Not Later

“A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night”

– Psalm 90:4.

This verse should cause you to think of its equivalent in the New … Read More

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