Sunday, July 16, 2017

We Would Love to Help YOU this Fall...

Please share this post with your pastor(s). Thanks.
Cadre missionaries are scheduling training right now for this fall.

Dates are filling up.

Here are some fun, biblical training experiences we'd love to bring to you and those who serve in ministry with you.

For more information, email us or call 815.501.3132.

The sooner the better.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

God, You, and the Challenge of a Lifetime...

In the following FREE audio, we'll explore...
* Why God requires sexual purity
* Joseph's secrets for sexual purity
* Fifteen little steps to trouble

Listen here.

But wait! There's more...

Go Deeper!

Biblical, practical, and transformational next steps for your purity journey. The transformation goes even deeper when you read and wrestle these PDFs with a friend or two.

The WHY and HOW of Sexual Purity PDF
You Won't Get There Without a Friend PDF




You, Me, and Coffee Monday... 
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Sunday, July 02, 2017

The Brian Cole Story: Only God can change a heart

This is my friend Brian Cole.

This is Brian's story...

If video doesn't appear, go here.

If you were touched by Brian's story, please let him know.

The only thing left to do now is THANK GOD for the life changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

You, Me, and Coffee Monday... 
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rethinking the American Approach to Ministry...

Below is a FREE downloadable guide full of biblically-based prompts to help you rethink our American approach to ministry.

American approach to ministry? What are you talking about?

THIS... and can you guess which person in the video is the "pastor"?

If video doesn't display, go here.

Warning:
You most likely won't get much out of the guide below if you read it by yourself like a book.

However, if you slowly walk through this guide with a few others who serve in ministry with you and stop along the way to look up and wrestle the Scripture, dialogue, and pray—then you'll be well on your way to rethinking the American approach to ministry.

You might even have... dare I say it... fun.

One other thought: I would suggest you slowly walk through the guide with others while enjoying some most excellent coffee together.

Cup O' Joe with Bill indeed.

Have fun. Think. Listen. Ask questions. Search the Scriptures. Debate. Smile. Learn. Encourage.




You can download the free PDF here.


You can get physical copies here.






Related Posts...
* How do you train volunteers for ministry?
* Is ministry just for "ministers"?
* How are disciplemaking and leadership connected?
* Are you leading a program or people?
* Are you successfully failing in ministry?


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Becoming the Disciplemaker You've Always Wanted to Be...


[Join us Thursday, July 27, 9 AM to 12 noon. Complete details below.]

If you really want your ministry to thrive for the glory of God, then you'd better figure out how to help volunteers be disciples who make disciples who make more disciples.

I have great news for you.

Help is on the way!

Here is your invitation to to make the Summer of 2017 a "summer of love" for God, volunteers, and your ministry. Even more good news: You are free to participate in one, two, or all three of these summer training experiences for one-time tuition of $30 (includes training materials). Here's the plan...

Session #1 
Being a Disciple...
We'll explore...
* Why a disciple's attitude is critically important
* How to tap into the power of transformational learning
* Your most important job as a disciple
 
When?
* Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9 AM to 12 Noon
Where?
* The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Session #2 
Who Makes Disciples...
We'll explore...
* Why programs can either hinder or help disciplemaking
* How to measure the success of disciplemaking
* How disciplemaking and evangelism are connected
When?
* Thursday, July 27, 2017, 9 AM to 12 Noon
Where?
* The Christian Center, 4100 Brandywine Dr, Peoria, IL

Session #3 
Who Make MORE Disciples... 
We'll explore...
* Multiplying disciplemakers step #1
* How to lead up without sucking up
* How to lead when you feel like quitting
When?
* Thursday, August 24, 2017, 9 AM to 12 Noon
Where?
* The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Each of these three training sessions are filled with practical tools for personal and team assessments. You should use what your learn with the volunteers who serve in ministry with you as soon as possible. You'll leave with clear next steps for immediate application.

Who?
This training is for anyone who serves in a ministry—volunteers and/or paid staff. If possible, please bring another leader (volunteer or paid staff) from your church or ministry as this will help you both process and apply these training experiences. If you aren't able to bring someone from your church or ministry, you're welcome to bring another ministry leader from your network or denomination. If you can't find anyone else to join you for one or more of these training sessions, please come yourself.

Tuition?
There is a one-time tuition of $30 per person (includes training materials) whether you participate in one, two, or all three of these summer equipping experiences.

Training Materials?

Each person will get the updated edition of the Disciplemaker's Guide to Grow, Minister, and Lead book—a ten chapter disciplemaking manual for anyone who works with volunteers in a ministry setting. 


Registration?
To save your spot in one of more of these training experiences, please contact Bill and let him know what dates you'll be attending and who you're bringing with you.

Spread the Word?
For a link to share on social media or with a friend via email or a test, copy this and paste away:   For a PFD download of this information you can share with others (great for bulletin stuffers), go here.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Father's Day: Which is better Google or Dad?


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Books, videos, curriculum, and the Internet are all fine and dandy.

But when it comes to learning and disciplemaking, the best way is always with a real person—preferably in an informal way.

Sounds like slow, hard work, doesn't it?

If you've found a "more efficient way" to make disciplemakers than Jesus' disciplemaking friendships approach—please don't take this personally, but I'm sticking with Jesus.

Beware of trading the hard work of disciplemaking friendships for short term efficiency.

While I like efficiency as much as anyone else living in the 21st Century, I'm more than a little suspicious of it.

Many times shortcuts aren't very short.

No, I think I'll stick with Jesus' crockpot approach over our current culture's microwave approach.

It's not very efficient, but, wow, it has a 2,000 year record of transforming people... and the world.

Happy Father's Day to every father—but especially to all fathers who aspire to be disciplemaking dads.


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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Summer 2017 God Adventures with Your Cadre Disciplemaking Missionaries...

Thank you for taking a moment to read and bask in the goodness of God—for his "name and renown are the desire of our hearts" (Isaiah 26:8). Click any image below to enlarge for viewing and reading. Or click here.
We need your help. Details here.

We need your prayers. Details here.

“Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers…. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. For they are traveling for the Lord, and they accept nothing from people who are not believers. So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.” —3 John 5-8

To partner with the Cadre and the Allisons right now safely online,
go here.

We thank God for you!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bible 101 Videos

If I didn't find these videos to be insightful and beneficial, I wouldn't be sharing them. Each of these are worth the few minutes it takes to watch them.


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You, Me, and Coffee Monday... 
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Allison #5 Graduates from High School...

My favorite 4th daughter, Libby, is graduating from high school.

I love her. I'm proud of her. I thank God for her. 

And now I'm gonna sing Butterfly Kisses and cry.

If video doesn't appear, go here.



Finally, if you're celebrating a graduate, you might want to share this:
What a formal education CAN'T do for you.

You, Me, and Coffee Monday... 
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

On Honoring Your Mother...

I'm an aspiring follower of Jesus today because of the love, prayers, and example of my mom. 

Here's how she did it.

Thank you God for my mom.

What are three things YOU love about your mom?

Why not tell her right now?

More Mother's Day Fun...
* Every honest father knows this is real...
* What moms REALLY want for Mother's Day...
* My mom's story...
* This can be your story...
* The one thing you must do for you mom... 

You, Me, and Coffee Monday... 
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Start Your Summer Ministry Off Right!

You and the volunteers and key students who serve in ministry with you need encouragement and equipping to make the most of this summer for the Kingdom of God.

Here's how you can start your summer ministry 2017 off right...

What?
Cadre’s Ministry Is Relationships (MIR) training experience!
Note:  Complete details on the content of the training here
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

When and Where?
Saturday AM, June 10, 2017
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
CrossPoint Community Church, Eureka, IL
Doors will open at 8 AM.
Note: I encourage you to seriously consider doing a light working lunch together from 12:30-1:30 PM in your respective churches and ministries—and using that time for processing and applying as a group. 

Who?
Anyone junior high through senior citizen.
Note: The MIR training experience is even better if you get people who volunteer in ministries together to experience the training with each other… i.e., youth ministry, children’s ministry, women’s ministry, Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, elders, worship team, etc. These volunteers can experience and process the training for their lives AND ministry this way.

Cost?
$15 per person for training materials.
Please make checks out to Cadre Missionaries.
Note: We're also asking each ministry/church that attends to prayerfully consider a love offering of any size for Cadre Missionaries. This is NOT required in any way shape or form. That's why we call is a "love" offering.

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


You, Me, and Coffee Monday... 
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

How to Raise Your Children

by Charlie Shedd

"How to Raise Your Children." 
This was the title of one of my finest efforts. Like all good speeches it had unity, order, movement. It electrified, edified, specified! It grabbed them quick and held them fast with humor, pathos, drama! All over the Midwest I gave it. They paid me a handsome fee and they were glad to get me. "This guy will wow you!" That's what they said, and the people came. With high hopes, they came for "How to Raise Your Children."

Then we had a child!

That sound you just heard was the great elocutionist falling flat on his face. My majestic speech (honest, it was great) had been totaled. Those brilliant ideas had such a droll sound at 2:00 a.m. with the baby in full cry!

In my defense I want you to know this—I kept on trying. I changed my title to "Some Suggestions to Parents," and charged bravely on. Then we had two more children and I altered it again. This time it came out "Feeble Hints to Fellow Strugglers."

From there it was all downhill. The appeal was out of it. My drawing power moved to zero. (I forgot to tell you the honoraria went down with each revision.) But for another thing, I couldn't stand to hear me.

So today I seldom speak on parenthood. And whenever I do, after one or two old jokes, you'd catch this uncertain sound… "Anyone here got a few words of wisdom?"

So what is YOUR take-away from this funny, poignant, and insightful story?

Please leave a comment. I'd love to hear your take-away.

* Note: The above story was take from this book.


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