Sunday, May 12, 2019

What God Did in Utah via Your Prayers...

Why were you in Utah?

What were you doing in Utah?
We encouraged and equipped those who encourage and equip others—a.k.a, we sought to make disciplemakers who make more disciplemakers. (We stole that from Jesus.) We partnered with God and our dear disciplemaking friends, Derrick Smothers and Steve WaggonerAnd here's the beautiful thing: Derrick will continue his disciplemaking ministry and do what he has always done: engage, encourage, and equip the very same pastors and volunteer ministry leaders.

Where did all this happen?
All over in and around Utah for eight days straight in the following places...
* Colorado City, Arizona
* Hildale, Utah
* La Verkin, Utah
* Ivins, Utah
* Las Vegas, Nevada
* Garden City, Utah
* Fish Haven, Idaho
* Ephraim, Utah
* Ogden, Utah
* Lehi, Utah
* Tremonton, Utah

What disciplemaking training did you do?
This and this.

What did God do?
He answered your prayers for us. Check it out...
Hey Bill! Thanks for coming down. It is still exciting to see the effects of the training in our church. People are buzzing! I'd love to stay in contact. Thanks to all three of you guys investing into our field! 
—Pastor Matt Moore

Friends of Cadre,
I just returned from a powerful mission trip to Utah. Your generous support allowed me to partner with Bill and Derrick in equipping dozens of pastors and ministry leaders. I was overwhelmed by our time of mutual encouragement. Having been blessed personally by Cadre's disciplemaking ministry over the years, it was a joy to pass on what I have received to others. The brothers and sisters we served have followed God's call to make disciples in a very difficult environment. Thank you for sending us to come alongside and spur on these faithful servants. God is on the move to replace the lies of religion with the truth of the gospel! All for King Jesus,
Pastor Steve Waggoner


Bill, you, Derrick and Steve rock! You are a blessing to our church family and to my family! Thanks for serving Jesus and us in disciplemaking as a way of life! 
—Pastor Rodney Z

Why are we so thankful to God and YOU?
We couldn't have done this disciplemaking adventure in Utah without folks like YOU who prayed and gave $ to make it happen! Not joking. We really are your disciplemaking missionaries serving King Jesus with Cadre. We thank God for you.

What about you? 
Yep, I'm talking to you... the person reading this right now. If you're an aspiring follower of Jesus—you ARE a disciplemaker! Not sure where to start? Start here. Then go here. And then let us know if we can help you in any way

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

No wonder people hate meetings...

Are you sick of wasting your time in useless meetings?

Would you like to learn how to conduct meetings so that people will actually attend?

Here are ten rules-of-thumb for conducting meetings people will actually attend.

BTW: People who enjoy meetings shouldn't be in charge of anything.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

On Simpletons, Mockers, and Fools


Lady Wisdom Shouts in the Streets

20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.
    She cries out in the public square.
21 She calls to the crowds along the main street,
    to those gathered in front of the city gate:
22 “How long, you simpletons,
    will you insist on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
    How long will you fools hate knowledge?
23 Come and listen to my counsel.
I’ll share my heart with you
    and make you wise.
24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.
    I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
25 You ignored my advice
    and rejected the correction I offered.
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!
    I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
    when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,
    and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer.
    Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29 For they hated knowledge
    and chose not to fear the Lord.
30 They rejected my advice
    and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way,
    choking on their own schemes.
32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death.
    Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace,
    untroubled by fear of harm.”
—Proverbs 1:20-33, (bold mine)

From verse 22 above...
* Simpletons: 
Those who are "easily influenced, enticed, and misled. They tend to believe everything they hear (good or bad), and lack moral prudence" as defined in the Bible.

* Mockers: 
These people are "cynical and defiant freethinkers who ridicule the righteous and all for which they stand."

* Fools: 
This term "refers to the morally insensitive dullard."

"Each of these three types of people is satisfied with the life being led and will not listen to reason."

[Notes taken from the translator's notes in the NET Bible.] 

p.s. I took the above picture many years ago when I was in Jerusalem—outside of the Church of the Holy Sepulcre.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Will you please pray for us this week?

This week, we'll be on a disciplemaking mission in Utah—and we need your prayers every day for the next eight days. When I say we need your prayers, I'm not kidding. The spiritual warfare has already begun. So...

Seriously, would you please pray for us this week?

Why are we doing this?
The real mission of Cadre is to make disciplemakers who make more disciplemakers. (For more on this, go here.) So this next week is NOT just eight days of busy ministry activities, and then we come home and forget about it. No. This is way more ongoing and strategic than a "one-and-done" type of thing. My friendship with Derrick Smothers and Steve Waggoner has been and always will be about living and sharing Jesus-like disciplemaking friendships that multiply to others. This time, Steve and I have the honor of coming alongside Derrick's ongoing disciplemaking ministry in Utah—and we'll continue to encourage and equip each other long after this particular disciplemaking adventure is over.

Who should you pray for?
* Derrick Smothers, Executive Director of The E3 Connection.
   (More about Derrick here, here, and here.)
* Steve Waggoner, Senior Pastor of CrossWalk Fellowship Church.
   (More about Steve here, here, and here.)
* Me

What should you pray for?
We're on Jesus' mission of making disciplemakerslike this. If you'd PRAY THIS every day for us, we'd be so thankful!

How can you pray for us?
Here's our tentative schedule...
* Today: We travel west. Pray for safety in travel today and everyday.

* Tuesday: Hildale, UT, and La Verkin, UT. We're doing this disciplemaking training.

* Wednesday: Ivins, UT, and Las Vegas, NV. We're doing this disciplemaking training.

* Thursday: Ephraim, UT. We're doing this disciplemaking training.

* Friday: Ogden, UT. We're doing this disciplemaking training.

* Saturday: Lehi, UT. We're doing this disciplemaking training.

* Sunday: Tremonton, UT. We'll speak in a morning church service and do this disciplemaking training lab after the service.

* Monday: We come back home. Pray for safety in travel.

From our hearts to yours: THANK YOU for praying for us right now—and throughout the rest of this week. I can't wait to see what God is going to do as a result of your prayers for us!
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Why I STILL Love Being a Dad...

Here are some real texts from my six-year old (using an iPad) to my wife...
I'm pretty sure she get's that crass junior high craziness from her mom. (*wink)


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Sunday, April 07, 2019

True Stories of Disciplemakers Making More Disciplemakers...

Meet Curt Vanderstelt. He's in the middle wearing green. I think you can see he's a lot of fun. I've known and loved Curt since he was a teenager. Let's just say he's older now. I know. I ain't no spring chicken myself. However, all this longevity in working with the next generations has put me in a front row seat for some pretty amazing and true stories of disciplemaking life change.  Let me explain.

My good friend, Chip Hackney, was Curt's youth pastor in Michigan. That's how I got to know Curt. This picture with Curt above was taken on January 5, 2019 in Green Bay, WI, where Dave Garda (left) and I were busy being disciplemaking missionaries of encouragement and equipping with many of the 4,000 students and youth leaders in Green Bay that weekend.

A mere 36 days later, on February 10, 2019, I was speaking to 400+ students and youth leaders at Camp Timber-Lee in East Troy, WI. There I met Taylor (above). Taylor serves Jesus on staff at Timber-lee. We got to talking and I found out Curt was Taylor's youth pastor. With great joy in in his eyes, Taylor told me how much God used Curt in his life and how that disciplemaking friendship shaped his life.

It all got me thinking. 

This true disciplemaking story is too good NOT to celebrate!

So I posted on Curt's Facebook when I got home from Timber-lee—and I tagged Chip too so he'd see it.  Here's what I wrote...

Hey Curt! Last weekend I was speaking to students and youth leaders at Camp Timber-lee​. I ran into someone who is so thankful for your influence in his life—Taylor. He is now serving Jesus at Timber-lee—helping students find and follow Jesus. It made me think of Chip Hackney​'s disciplemaking friendship with you when you were a very young man. All that to say, I love that I have been around the next generations so long now that I've watched Chip disciple you, and you disciple others like Taylor, and now Taylor is passing it all on to the next generations. We call that discipleMAKING my friend. I'm giving all glory to God—and cheering you on as you continue to make disciplemkers as a way of life!

Can you count the three generations of disciplemaking friendship with me?
* Generation 1: From Chip to Curt
* Generation 2: From Curt to Taylor
* Generation 3 From Taylor to only God knows who at Timber-lee—and wherever Taylor goes the rest of his life!

Cool story, right?

But don't miss the point: Can you count at least three generations of disciplemakers flowing out of your life for God's glory?

Wondering what this way of life might look like for you? Need some help? Not sure where to start?

Start here.

p.s. We'd love to hear you three-generation disciplemaking friendship story!

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sad, true, and poignantly funny...


If you didn't enjoy the humor or the point of the image above, then please do NOT click any of the links below. You have been warned.
* I'm so saved I never smile
Millenial suntans
* Laughing at myself
* Everyone's a heretic except me 
* If you're a Packer fan 

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

YOUR Disciplemaking Learning Community...

(Click any image to enlarge for viewing.)

"Bill, I love being a part of PALC and look forward being a part of the PALC Ongoing gatherings. PALC is the most encouraging thing in my life right now. Thanks for investing your life in pastors and ministry leaders like me."
—Pastor Joe Horn, Chillicothe Bible Church, IL.

PALC (The Peoria Area Leadership Community) is a Disciplemaking Learning Community (DLC).

Yes, that's right. PALC is a DLC. Now Try to stay with me for a minute.

What's a DLC?

I'm so glad you asked. (*Wink : )

"A DLC is a cadre of disciplemaking friends who gather regularly to study, live, and share a Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life together—and with others at least three generations deep" (The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus, page 6). We've seen God bring so much lasting fruit from our DLCs. To God be ALL the glory! And that's precisely why we'll continue to be a part of initiating DLCs for the rest of our lives. 

So how about you and your DLC?

Yes, I'm looking at YOU. (And so is God. See picture on the left.)

Your disciplemaking adventure starts with this simple but life-changing prayer. I kid you not. And I challenge to start praying it with your family and friends everyday! See what God might do.

Want to hear more true disciplemaking friendship stories? This is for you.

Need something to help you facilitate your DLC? Try this.

Want more info about DLCs? This is for you.

Finally, you might be interested in your family as a DLC.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

When your pastor preaches too long...

Relax.

I'm not picking on your pastor. I'm preaching to myself here. 

If you'd like to laugh at me and my preaching, then this and this is for you. 

Enjoy!

P.S. I found the biblical precedent for the long-winded preacher:
"On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper. Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight. The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below." Acts 20:7-9

Ever wonder how Eutychus got his name? If you fell three stories to your death, you'd a cuss too.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Let's Celebrate God Together...

Since God is really the one who makes it all happen, it seems right to celebrate what He is doing! Below you can celebrate God for...
* Students coming to Christ and being discipled
* The multiplication of disciplemakers
* Disciplemaking Learning Communities & disciplemaking friendships
* The Gospel and disciplemaking in the USA and Africa

To enlarge for viewing and reading, go here. (But, as you read, don't forget to celebrate God!)
We can't be Cadre Missionaries without friends like you.

Are you a praying friend? Would you please pray for us?

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Sunday, March 03, 2019

Can you help us multiply disciplemakers out west?

"You're crazy Allison."

That's not the first time I've ever heard someone say that. The truth is, my wife's been saying it for years. However, this comment came from my disciplemaking friend, church planter, and long time ministry leader in Utah.

He continued, "Ministry isn't easy in Utah. It's very religious here. We rarely get anyone to come to Utah to help us."

I think that's when I fell in love with the great people serving Jesus in Utah.

The real mission of Cadre is to make disciplemakers who make more disciplemakers. We believe God wants Cadre to engage, encourage, and equip our disciplemaking friends in Utah.

So, we are.

This Spring, I—along with two friends—will take disciplemaking training to pastors and volunteer ministry leaders all over Utah. Often, these folks serve in churches that are the only Gospel presence in their towns—and sometimes they are the only Gospel presence in their counties. Not. Joking.

We're going to need about $2,000 for travel, expenses, and training materials.

Can you help us?

A gift of any size would be a huge encouragement and enable us to be a blessing to so many!

To give securely online, go here.
* Please note that your gift is for "Utah."

If you'd rather send a check, here's how...
Cadre Missionaries
PO Box 278
Sycamore, IL 60178
* Attach a note "Utah."

Cadre Missionaries is a recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry and as such all gifts are tax deductible.

We really are your Cadre missionaries and we couldn't be disciplemaking missionaries without friends like you. Thank you for every prayer you breathe on our behalf and every penny you graciously give to Cadre.

Note: For some of our history in making disciplemakers in Utah, go here, here, and here.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

How Cadre is Making Disciplemakers in Africa...

What's way better than Cadre Missionaries taking disciplemaking training to Africa?

Answer?

Cadre helping our disciplemaking friends take Cadre training to Africa! Check out this video...
(If video doesn't appear, go here)

Go and make disciples of all nations indeed!

Ever wonder how Jesus-like disciplemaking starts right where you are and spreads to the world?


We're not joking when we talk about "Jesus-like disciplemaking friendships that multiply."

Interested in becoming a Jesus-like discipleMAKER? 
Check this out

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