Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What God Did in MN

This is the true story of our recent disciplemaking ministry adventure to the land of 10,000 lakes, aka, Minnesota, aka "God's country."
We left the high taxing land of IL on a day with a 97 degree heat index thanking God for the inventions of air conditioning and the automobile. We arrived in frigid MN wondering where our jackets were—hoping to get a glimpse of Al Franken.

Our destination was Bridge Community Church in Sauk Rapids, MN (associated with the Christian, Missionary, and Alliance). After all, we are your disciplemaking missionaries serving with Cadre Ministries.

We invested Friday night and Saturday walking through Cadre's Evangelism Is Relationships training experience. Did the training, encouragement and equipping start to take root? Fair question. Here's a Facebook post from the lead pastor about 4 days after the training time.
"Bill Allison from Cadre Ministries blessed Bridge Community Church people this week by leading and challenging us through an equipping event called Evangelism is Relationships. The training seems to be taking root: two people from Bridge this week have given gift cards to homeless people, sharing that Christ's love compelled them to help. Another member spoke to then gave a homeless man a hot dog and bottle of water. The church was able to provide a family in crisis who met a church member in the community with a large box of personal and hygiene items and a tank of gas. A Bridge member in the ER waiting room gave two dollars to a hurting mother after overhearing her say on the phone she had no money to buy her son a drink. Football is being used as a bridge to connect with people new to our church and in people's neighborhoods! Awesome stuff Bridge family! Keep at it!” —Kirk Knudsen, Lead Pastor of Bridge Community Church, Sauk Prairie, MN
Thank God with me!

After the training, I had the honor of investing in the elders and pastors of Bridge Community Church. We wrestled what a Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life looks in a 21st century Western world. We also explored the role of leadership in creating a culture of disciplemaking in a ministry/church.

I had the honor of speaking at the church on Sunday morning. However, it was the first day of NFL football and instead of having the church leaders take us out dinner after church, I totally encouraged them to lean into their friends who may not have a relationship with God by inviting them to watch the Vikings together—just like we explored in our training. One of the leaders sent me this message: "Today while watching the Vikings with my friend Todd, he asked me how he could know if he had a real relationship with Jesus? Do you think he has gone from reluctant to ready? I shared the gospel with him. We are planning to get together this week to talk some more. God is so at work—and we are joining Him. God is using your training to encourage a lot of people to make disciples. Pray for us brother!” Meanwhile, I drove our family to the nearest Buffalo Wild Wings and promptly sat down to eat wings and watch Da Bears on one of the TVs—all the while lost in a sea of Viking purple. In the words of Sadey, my 12-year-old, "This is the happiest I've ever been." Agreed. (I think she was referring to the wings. I was referring to the football game.) Did I mention that Bridge Community Church has the best Sunday School Ever?

We promptly got into the car and drove over to Farmington, MN, where we connected with Roger and Kerry Thelen. Kerry and I went to Bible college together so it was great to reconnect and meet each other's spouses and family.

On Monday morning, we enjoyed a breakfast with the Shane and Heather Stacey family—who also happen to live in MN. The Stacey's are dear disciplemaking friends and ministry partners. It's always a fun and rich time when we get together. Okay, the truth in advertising demands that I confess that the above picture was actually taken "a number of years ago," but since it makes all of us look younger and I forgot to get a picture this time, I think I will be forgiven. I hope.

Thank you for reading all the way to the end and praying for us! You are truly a friend!


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monday Funday: The Best. Sunday. School. Ever.

Here's what my three-year-old daughter learned in Sunday school recently: "Elijah said, 'Touch down Bears!'"
I'd like to nominate Jim Bogle and the children's ministry at Bridge Community Church in Sauk Rapids, MN, for the...
Best.
Sunday.
School.
Ever.

Note that the fire is a perfect snot colored yellow and green. I just have to believe there are a bunch of Packer's jersey's in there!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In world full of bad news, here's some good news...

To view the pictures and read the stories below, go here. Or you can click any image below to enlarge for viewing and reading.
For information about training that can help you jump start disciplemaking in your ministry, go here.
We you please pray for us? We are disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre Ministries. We need you. About 2-3 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 say a quick prayer for us 2-3 times a month, please email me and put "prayer team" in the subject line. I'd be glad to pray for you too. THANKS!
September 2014, Cadre Ministries is celebrating 12 years of disciplemaking ministry! Here's how you can be one of 500 who celebrates with us in a special way.
We need you. We couldn't take any of part of this Jesus-like disciplemaking adventure without people like you who love us, pray for us, and give $ to Cadre. We need you. You make our ministry powerful and possible. 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 Ministries, go here. To make a secure online tax-deductible donation, go here.  For monthly/quarterly donations, go here.  Cadre Ministries is a 501(c)3 ministry and all donations are tax deductible.

* For up-to-date ways to pray for us, go here.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Monday Funday: Da Parenting

Raising another generation of Allisons to talk smack to another generation of Packer fans.


Da Parenting + Da Bears = Da Ciplemaking.

(Click link above for an amazing archive of Da Bear's fun and humor.)


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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Need inexpensive training quick? No problem!

Do you need inexpensive training quick?

No problemo, my Cadre compadre.

Here's how you can get a great training session fast, easy, and cheap in Three Easy Steps...

1. What does your team need?
Go here and check out various immediately downloadable training options. Choose one of the PDFs and download it.

2. How many will you be training?
Once, you've downloaded a PDF, you'll want to share it with your team. Before you do that, go here and pay $.99 cents per person per chapter.  Seriously, when's the last time you were able to train your team for $.99 cents per person? And, yes, we believe you are a person of integrity. Now you're ready share the PDF you purchased via email or you can print copies and give them to those you want to train. Have them read the PDF/copy before you meet together.

3. Where and when will you gather?
Hopefully at someone's house! Gather together. Eat together. Learn together. Have fun together. Apply together. No one leaves without answering this question with specifics: What is my/our next step?
What should you do after the training?

Repeat the above!

[Note: If you're more of an iPad type of ministry, go here.]

What? Is this not easy enough for You?
Want to talk to a real person who can help you? 
Go here.

This quick and inexpensive training session is brought to you by your disciplemaking friends at Cadre Ministries.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Will YOU be one of our 500?

Update September 16th: 
We've had almost 100 people respond to this post so far and we have been so encouraged. THANK YOU! We're still asking for 400 more friends to celebrate with us! Will you be one of our 500?
September 1, 2014, marks the 12th anniversary of Cadre Ministries!

For 12 years, God and YOU have made it possible for us, as Cadre missionaries, to pour out our lives spreading Jesus' disciplemaking mission here and around the world.

And look at what God is doing!

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

In honor of our 12th anniversary, would you please prayerfully consider donating a special gift of $12?

Those of you who know us know that we don't normally ask for financial support like this. However, on our 12th anniversary as a ministry, we felt prompted by God, so we're asking God's people—like you—to join us in this disciplemaking adventure.

We'd love to see 500 our closest friends respond with a special gift of $12 gift. That would bless Cadre with $6,000 needed dollars.

Will YOU be one of our 500?

If you've never financially supported Cadre Ministries before, this would be a great way to start. If you're already a regular partner with God and Cadre, then please prayerfully consider an additional $12.

In a ministry like ours, every dollar makes a huge difference. Each gift 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. (You can see some of what God is doing simply by scrolling down, clicking the links and reading the stories.)

We are your Cadre missionaries. Thank you for celebrating 12 years of Jesus-like disciplemaking with us—Cadre Ministries—and to God be the glory!

Bill Allison, Executive Director, for the Cadre team.

* To donate $12 securely and immediately online, go here.
* Or you can mail a $12 check payable to Cadre Ministries, PO Box 278, Sycamore, IL 60178

Other giving options...
To give more than $12 securely and immediately online, go here.
To support a Cadre missionary on a monthly basis, go here.

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


We need YOU to join our prayer team!
We are missionaries with Cadre Ministries. About 2-3 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 say a quick prayer for us 2-3 times a month, please email me and put "prayer team" in the subject line. THANKS!

Stories of How God Uses Your Prayer and Financial Partnership...
What God did in Missouri because of you! THANK YOU!
What God did in Wisconsin because of you! THANK YOU!
What God did in Colorado because of you! THANK YOU!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Monday Funday: Da Father and Da Son Bonding Experience

My son and I had a bonding experience.
We went to see Da Bears at summer training camp near Kankakee, IL.

There wasn't a single Packer's fan in sight.

It was utterly delightful.

Thus, this is the opening kickoff of my official season of talking smack to Packer's fans everywhere... like this and like this.

I love you cheese heads. Game on.

Monday, August 11, 2014

On sending kids back to school...

This fall, don't just send kids back to school—send them back to school on a mission from God.

How?

You can start by praying The Disciplemaker's Prayer together before they leave for school in the morning.
(Click image to enlarge for printing and sharing. The prayer is based on Scriptures listed.)

Praying together before school? I know. It's crazy. Right? 

Dream with me for a minute: What might God do in and through us if we really prayed this prayer together from our hearts on a regular basis? 

Here's a thought: Loving God, loving people, and making disciplemakers might actually become a way of life that spreads infectiously to others—and changes the world.


And here's another crazy thought: This prayer isn't just for the kids.

Yeah, that's getting a little too personal, ain't it? 

But that's the point my friend. We have to live on a disciplemaking mission from God if we want kids to be on a disciplemaking mission from God.

And that's probably the main reason why many of us will just send kids back to school.

So are you going to simply send kids back to school this fall—or are you going to send them back to school on a mission from God—and join them?

I dare you.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Monday Funday: Behold, the Amazing Power of Logic

Best. Garden. Ever.
Here's why...

Coffee is a BEAN. 

BEANS are a vegetable. 

Therefore, coffee is a vegetable.

I say we should all eat more vegetables.

Behold, the amazing power of logic!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rethinking Great Leadership

In the book, The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch writes:
"In Australia we have an amazingly large spreading tree called the Morton Bay fig. It is a beautiful, very imposing tree. The problem is that nothing grows underneath it, because it casts such a wide shadow. A top-down, more autocratic leadership style can be likened to the Morton Bay fig. It can be magnificent, but it casts such a shadow that no other leadership develops in its shade."
Here are four wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee questions for you to wrestle...

1. How can someone's leadership so "magnificent" than nothing else can grow under it? Explain.

2. What do you see under your leadership tree? Be specific.

3. What do you see under Jesus' leadership tree? Be specific.

4. How are your answers to question #2 and #3 different? Similar?

Related Post...
* The fullest expression of spiritual leadership


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday Funday: The first and most important person to laugh at is yourself

When your picture is on the church bulletin, anything can happen—especially if you have seven kids.

If you saw my kids writing furiously during my Sunday morning sermon, you might think they were taking notes.

Guess again.

Actually, I kind of like the handlebar mustache. And I’ll save the eye patch for “Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day" on September 19th.

As long as you can laugh at yourself you will never cease to be amused.


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