Sunday, September 16, 2018

Is Pastoral Suicide On the Rise?

Have you heard about the recent rise in the number of people who commit suicide? So sad.

I wished we could say that pastors are immune, but they are not.

I'm not saying it's common for a pastor to commit suicide (thank God it's not)—or that pastoral suicide is on the rise. I am saying that I've heard of more pastors committing suicide in the last few years than any other time in my life.

Still not sure? If you search the Internet with two words, "pastoral suicide," it will break your heart.

It happens. It's real. It's disturbing. It's complex. It's heartbreaking.

As a friend of pastors, I'm sadly not surprised.

Of course, there are multiple factors of causation—and no easy fixes.

You might feel helpless and hopeless to do anything about it.

But you'd be surprised how HUGE a little encouragement from you can be in a pastor's life.

Not sure where you should start?

Start here and start now.

Thanks for loving God and loving people—including pastors.

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

How God is using YOU through us for His Glory...

(We're celebrating 16 years of God's faithfulness! Here's a little bit of backstory and an invitation for you to celebrate with us.)

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Would you please pray for us? About 1-2 times a month, I'd like to send you a short email with details about how you can say a quick prayer for us. If you are willing to be on our email prayer team, please email me and put "prayer team" in the subject line. We'd be glad to pray for you too.
Can you help us? We couldn't take any of part of this disciplemaking adventure without people like you who love us, pray for us, and give $ to Cadre. Every expression of partnership breathes life into our souls… and enables us to do the same for many others! For more information about how you can partner with God, the Allisons, and Cadre Missionaries, go here.  Cadre Missionaries is a recognized 501(c)3 ministry and donations are tax deductible.
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Sunday, September 02, 2018

How God Birthed Cadre Missionaries...

(September 2018 is Cadre Missionaries' 16th Anniversary. We're celebrating God's faithfulness with a little bit of backstory and an invitation for you to celebrate with us.)

About 17 years ago, I was a happy high school teacher who did speaking, preaching and training on the weekends and all summer long. In those days we partnered often with our dear friends, Scott and Rachel Kramer—who are amazing musical missionaries. 

One day while eating pizza at the Kramer's home, Scott pulled out a large box filled to the brim with envelopes. He said, "Bill, put your hands in here and feel how many envelopes are in this box." It was sort of weird, but, hey, he just bought my larger-than-normal family pizza. I'll do anything for a friend like that. I kneeled down by the box and put my hands at the very bottom of all those envelopes. Then I pulled up lots and lots of envelopes.

Then Scott said, "We've been raising support as missionaries for a number of years now and every one of those envelopes had a check from a friend or a church." I thought to myself: That's a lot of support. While I was glad for them, I wasn't sure where this was going. Then Scott said, "We've been partnering with you for a while now, and I want you to know that if you ever dare to step out by faith to do Cadre full-time, I believe with all my heart God will take care of you."

I don't remember saying anything in response because I had six young kids at the time—and every one of them liked to eat regularly. Plus, I must confess, that I was a member of the "I-will-never-raise-support-to-do-ministry" club. (Have you ever said that?) Yet, I still had brief moments when I considered it. But here's the truth: I was too chicken to trust God to provide. And I loved teaching—and the few benefits that came with it. But in my head, I thought the biggest hurdle would be my wife. I never broached the subject with her, but I was pretty sure she wouldn't go for the raising support thing.

On the way home from Scott and Rachel's, I asked Stacy what she thought about Scott's comments. To my complete surprise she said, "I've seen this coming for a few years now. If we don't take a step of faith and give it try, we'll never know."

Not exactly what I was expecting. The rest of the car ride home all I could think about was how I was the one who refused to step out in faith. I was the roadblock. As I drove home, I silently prayed, "Is all this really you, Lord?" There's a huge difference between a good idea and a God idea.

As we pulled into our driveway, everyone piled out and I walked to the mailbox to get the day's mail. Once inside, I noticed a personal letter. I opened it. It was from someone I couldn't readily identify at the time. It said, "Last Sunday you spoke at our church. God kept impressing on my heart to send you this check. I'm not sure why, but I did it anyway."

Yikes! This was getting a little ridiculous. God was already providing for us and we hadn't even asked anyone for help. But isn't that just like God? If we dare to pray, he'll let us know what to do.

It wasn't long after that, we reached out to our good friends, Dave and Rennie Garda, to share with them what God was doing in our hearts. Not long after that, God birthed what we know now as Cadre Missionaries. And so far, by God's daily provision, we've never looked back. (Thank you Jesus!)  It has been an amazing adventure.

(Dave and Bill about 17 years ago.)

For 16 years, God and YOU have made it possible for us, as Cadre missionaries, to multiply Jesus-like disciplemaking here and around the world. Let me keep this real: For 16 years we've had no buffer financially. Every month is a financial adventure. We're not sitting on a financial nest egg. We literally live month to month. Please don't misunderstand. We're not complaining. We joyfully signed up for this adventure. And for sixteen years, God has provided for us through friends like you. I often think of your financial partnership as manna—just enough for today—and each day it is enough.

From our hearts to yours: Thank you!

If you love Cadre missionaries and our disciplemaking mission, we invite you to be God's wind in our sails.


In honor of our 16th birthday, would you please prayerfully consider donating a special gift of $16?



Those of you who know us well know that over 90 percent of our communications are not about financial support like this. However, on our 16th anniversary as a ministry, we really do need your $ help, so we're asking God's people—like you—to join us in this disciplemaking adventure.

We'd love to see 300 of our friends respond with a special gift of $16. That would bless Cadre with $4,800 much needed dollars.

Will YOU be one of our 300 friends?

To donate $16 securely online, go here. (Other giving options below.)

If you've never financially supported Cadre Missionaries before, this would be a great first step. If you're already a $ partner with God and Cadre, then please prayerfully consider an additional $16.

In a ministry like ours, every dollar makes a huge difference. Each gift—no matter the size—is a huge encouragement, much needed, and greatly appreciated.

Because Cadre seeks to make disciplemakers, only Heaven will reveal the full impact of your partnership.

We really are your Cadre missionaries. Thank you for celebrating 16 years of Jesus-like disciplemaking with us and to God be the glory!

Bill Allison, Executive Director, for the Cadre team.
To donate $16 securely online, go here.
* Mail a check: Cadre Missionaries, PO Box 278, Sycamore, IL 60178

Other giving options...
To give more than $16 securely online, go here.
To support a Cadre missionary on a monthly basis, go here.
* For questions and more info, please call Rennie at 815.501.3132.

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

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Cadre Missionaries: Equipping Equippers

The real mission of Cadre Missionaries is to make disciplemakers who make more disciplemakers. Here are some true stories from some of our disciplemaking friends—all for the glory of God and the extension of His kingdom!

"Bill, thanks for pulling me close years ago and challenging me to live as a disciplemaker. I'm regularly investing in nine college students. We're studying Jesus and trying to make disciples like He did. Is there anything greater than this? Thanks for the push. Love you." 
—Ed and Pam Brockway, retired but not-so-retired.

If you're interested in becoming part of God's movement of making disciplemakers, read this. 



If you're interested in becoming part of God's movement of making disciplemakers, read this. 


"I trained some of our volunteer youth leaders with Cadre training and the training went great. We're all very excited about the our volunteer ministry leaders and the culture of disciplemaking going forward. I can see God doing great things in and through these leaders and then with our students. Very exciting!"
Austin Branson
Junior High and Young Adult Minister
Grace Presbyterian Church
Peoria, IL

If you're interested in becoming part of God's movement of making disciplemakers, read this. 


"I trained Cadre's Disciplemaking Is Relationships with some students, volunteers, and parents. Such a joy to follow Jesus together with friends! Thanks to our amazing volunteer ministry leaders who invest their lives in our students! Multiplying joy with Cadre Missionaries. 'When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours'” (Romans‬ ‭1:12).
Seth Fagerland
Pastor to High School Students and Families
Rockpoint Church
Lake Elmo, MN

If you're interested in becoming part of God's movement of making disciplemakers, read this. 


What happens when a pastor initiates disciplemaking as a way of life in the church? Here's the true story of Crazy Pastor Steve (CPS).

If you're interested in becoming part of God's movement of making disciplemakers, read this



"It was a sweet blessing to spend time with about 15 individuals and couples from our church going through the Evangelism Is Relationships training! Thanks for praying with us! God brought a lot of things to the surface of our lives, and it was challenging, yet encouraging, to wrestle with these things together. I’ve heard some encouraging things from those who participated and hope to hear more in the days to come! I'm so thankful for Holy Spirit’s instruction, exhortation, and encouragement through the Word, Prayer, and Fellowship with each other. With love for JESUS,"

Pastor Dan Nyquist
Minnesota

If you're interested in becoming part of God's movement of making disciplemakers, read this



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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Are you mad at God? Know someone who is?

Just in case any of my friends are angry at God, this video is for you.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Power Connection Summer 2018

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On some occasions, I'll go on a ministry adventure by myself. It's not often. But God always shows up to touch people's lives and that's why we are disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre Missionaries. However, when these two girls are with me on a ministry adventure, the fun, impact, and relationships are exponential. They have a way of connecting with people and then connecting those people to God.

Such was the case when I spoke to over 800 junior high/middle school students and youth leaders from the Reformed Church of America at Kansas State University, Kansas City, KS. This is the fourth time I've been the keynote speaker at Power Connection! I loved each time but this time was special.

Here's just one thing I love about being around the next generation: Ice cream for breakfast. This picture was taken at 8 AM. No parents or youth leaders in sight. Nice. As you can see, I'm sticking with coffee. I might reconsider if they offered coffee ice cream.

Here's another thing I love about Power Connection: Students do business with God! Many students came to Christ in our main sessions and in the small groups after the sessions. Many more opened their hearts to their youth leaders (many of whom are parents) about getting serious about following Jesus together. In the words of one youth leader: "Power Connection 2018 was life-changing. Awesome to see students connecting with youth leaders and other students about following Jesus together."

I love making disciplemakers with the next generations and those who love the next generations. One youth leader wrote to us: "I loved watching the kids we brought with us learn more about God and really want to keep learning more. One of the kids we brought along happens to be our niece and we had the privilege to witness her accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and that had to be the best moment of the whole trip." We love disciplemaking friendships—starting with our families!

One youth leader wrote: "Sitting through your three keynote sessions and then in small groups after each session, I saw the girls and myself grow closer to Jesus and each other. We all loved every minute of Power Connection. I challenged the girls to take your challenge to read the book of Proverbs for 31 days as well as read another verse that I send them daily. We had such open and honest conversations in youth group time, so we set up a group chat through text where we are going to talk about the verse I sent them and each chapter of Proverbs. My daughter was the first one to read it this morning. Please pray that the girls and I will continue to grow in their relationship with Christ and each other."

The young woman on the right is married to a youth pastor. She told us, “You were the speaker when I was in junior high and God really began to get a hold of me then.” Of course, this filled my heart with joy—to see her now investing her life in disciplemaking with the next generation. Exactly! That's how we roll as Cadre Missionaries. We aspire to make disciplemakers like Jesus did.

We've been doing ministry with the next generations for a long time with Cadre and I can honestly say that One Time Blind (pictured above) is worth contacting if you like drama that is engaging, funny and speaks the truth in a powerful way without being corny. Every time I have had the honor of working with them, there art speaks directly and powerfully to my soul.

"My love for Christ grew so much! I gave my whole heart to the Lord and was surrounded by many others doing the same." —from a student.

To God, and God alone, be all the glory! We're just thrilled to be along for the ride.

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

Disciplemaking Friendships, One-Anothering, and Living on Mission TOGETHER Wherever You Are...

Bill,
We're in the airport on our way home from ministry in Uganda. We're enjoying one more time of havering through the "one-anothers." What a gift Cadre's One Another Living Guide has been to our team. We have been equipped daily to serve King Jesus and our Ugandan family. Today we drilled down on #19: "spurring each other on to acts of love" (Heb. 10:24). A great reminder that this disciplemaking mission doesn't end when we get on a plane. We long to take what we have learned here and spur each other on to make disciples back at home, "starting with our family!"
Love you brother!
Steve 
(Also known as CPS—Crazy Pastor Steve)


But Wait! There's more! 
Everyone gets a One Another Living Guide when they participate in this!


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

The first and foremost need of the day?

Instead of asking, "What does disciplemaking look like in the church?" perhaps we should start asking, "What does disciplemaking look like in my everyday life?"

Study the above diagram closely. I dare you to think this through.

Is this true? Why or why not?

What happens if you start at the top—focusing your energies on everything but developing disciplemaking men and women?

What could happen if we start at the bottom—focusing our energies first and foremost on developing disciplemaking men and women?

Now, take what you know about Jesus' life and ministry and run it through the above diagram.

Could it really be that the first and foremost need of our day is disciplemaking men and women? 

I concede that focusing on helping men and women live and share a disciplemaking way of life with others isn't as sexy or cool as say, "casting a compelling vision" for a whole community, neighborhood, or church.

But since when have the followers of Jesus been about the sexy and cool?

Instead of asking, "What does disciplemaking look like in the church?" perhaps we should start asking, "What does disciplemaking look like in my everyday life?"

Here are some further thoughts—if you dare...
Why start with disciplemaking men and women first?
What does disciplemaking look like in real life?
Where is a good place to start as a disciplemaker?
Do you need a word of encouragement about disciplemaking?
What if disciplemaking really is the main thing?
Are you at the mercy of the next cool thing?

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Are you discouraged? Know someone who is?

Just in case any of my friends feel like they are drowning in the sea of life today, this video is for you!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Jesus' Disciplemaking Secret Sauce...

What?
There’s a lot of talk about disciplemaking these days. But what does that really look like in everyday real life? If you’re interested in exploring what Jesus-like disciplemaking looks like in a 21st century Western world, this training experience is for you! In each of the following three sessions below, we’ll look at a nonnegotiable for making disciplemakers like Jesus.

Session 1 Be a Disciple
Everything in life and ministry will try to pull you off the simplicity of following Jesus together.

Session 2 Who Makes Disciples
Following Jesus isn’t a subject to be mastered, but an infectious way of life that is lived together and shared with others.

Session 3 Who Make More Disciples
If those we disciple don’t make more disciples, then we haven’t made disciples like Jesus.

Training Materials?




Each person will receive a Disciplemaker's Living Guide for living what you learn with others.





Schedule This Training?
Contact Bill Allison.

Secret Sauce training at Christ Place Church in Nebraska!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Some Summer Ministry 2018...

We just got back from Challenge 2018 in Kansas City, MO, and here is some of what God did! (Click any image to enlarge for viewing.)
Here's a picture that screams "disciplemaking friendships!" It is always so much fun to partner with Shane Stacey (center in green) and the student ministries of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). See a little bit of our history herehere, and here.

It all went down July 2-6, 2018. It was Cadre's honor to partner with the EFCA by bringing disciplemaking training to students and youth leaders at this year's Challenge Conference. 

Our dear friend from WI, Nate Stenholtz, also did Cadre training at challenge this year! That's right. At the very center of our mission is training disciplemaking trainers to make more disciplemakers. That's disciplemaking multiplication! You interested?

Do you want to know what we trained at Challenge? Then check out The Disciplemaker's Prayer. I dare you to start praying it.

Over the course of a few days, we were able to encourage and equip over 600 students from all over the country with our "Friends That Matter" disicplemaking training experience! How strategic is that

And we were able to encourage and equip another 600 youth leaders from all over the country with our "Jesus' Disciplemaking Secret Sauce" training experience! Think about how strategic THIS is.

In between the large main sessions and our disciplemaking training labs, we did this! We loved on youth leaders and students. So. Much. Fun.

Want to know what Jesus' disciplemaking secret sauce is? Here's a hint.

Wherever we went—even if it was out for our morning coffee—we ran into people we know and love. Here are some of our friends from Laredo, TX.

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Start Your Fall Off Right with Cadre's Ministry Is Relationships Disciplemaking Training Experience!

When and Where?
Saturday AM, September 22, 2018
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Doors will open at 8 AM.

What?
Ministry Is Relationships!
Unleash God’s Power in Your Relationships
Love God.  Love people. Make disciples. The Ministry Is Relationships training experience takes you back to the heart of real life ministry and life change— relationships! More of a fun learning experience than a passive workshop, you will encounter these sessions and learnings:

Session 1 No Relationships = No Ministry; 
                    Know Relationships = Know Ministry
An out-of-the-box learning experience will get us started and explain why relationships are the heart of ministry—and God’s mode of operation for impacting and changing the lives of those in our ministry!

Session 2 God-Powered Relationship Skills
Learn the biblical motivation for building relationships.  Learn the three key relationship skills for connecting with the heart of others.

Session 3 He That Hath Ears—Let Him Hear!
A listening experience you will never forget—and be able to use in your life and ministry to build relationships.

Session 4 CLEAN UP Messy Relationships
Learn to use God's relationship cleaning supplies.

In addition, each participant receives a training manual complete with practical application pages, follow-through ideas, an agenda for a large group action plan meeting, AND a twenty-five day One Another Living Guide for individual and small group study on the “one another” verses!


Who should come?
Anyone junior high through senior citizen.
Note: Bring your team of volunteers and key students! I encourage you to do a working lunch with your team from 12:30-1:30 PM. You can use that time for applying what you learned in the training to your ministry. The training manual will walk you through this meeting with your team!

Get the Word Out?
You'll need to get the WORD out to others ASAP! Here's a WORD doc that you can tweak the details on and then use as a bulletin stuffer

Cost?
$15 per person for training materials.
Please make checks out to Cadre Missionaries.

RSVP?
Please RSVP and get the number of people attending to Bill ASAP.

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