Sunday, April 24, 2016

If you really want your ministry to thrive...

If you really want your ministry to thrive for the glory of God, then you'd better figure out how to find, develop, and retain volunteers.

I have great news for you!

This is your invitation to make this summer 2016 a "summer of love" for God, volunteers, and your ministry.

Session #1 Finding Volunteers
We'll explore five practical ways to turn pew potatoes into passionate participators.

Plus we'll explore...
* Why volunteers want a mission not just tasks
* How to develop a volunteer "job description" for your ministry
* How NOT to ask volunteers for help
* How to train volunteers to find more volunteers


When? 
Thursday, June 29, 2016, from 9 AM to 12 noon

Where?
The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Session #2 Developing Volunteers
We'll explore twelve motivating factors that make volunteers tick and why it matters.

Plus we'll explore...
* Why working with volunteers requires real leadership
* The differences between a boss and a leader
* How we demotivate volunteers and how to stop it
* The power of feedback to and from volunteers

When? 
Thursday, July 21, 2016, from 9 AM to 12 noon

Where?
The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Session #3 Retaining Volunteers
We'll explore seven ways to retain highly effective volunteers. 

Plus we'll explore...
* Why volunteers quit leaders and not ministries
* How to encourage volunteers
* How to train volunteers—not just organize them
* The three minute difference

When? 
Thursday, August 25,  2016, from 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'll leave with clear next steps for immediate application.

Who?
This training is for anyone who oversees 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 this training experience. 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.

Cost?
There is a onetime cost of $30 per person for training materials whether you participate in one, two, or all three of these summer equipping experiences.



Each person will get the newly updated, revised, and expanded edition of Recruiting, Motivating, and Retaining Volunteers—a handbook for anyone who works with volunteers in a ministry setting. 



Registration?
To save your spot in one or more of these training sessions, please email Bill and let him know what dates you'll be attending.





Sunday, April 17, 2016

Monday Funday: Geriatric Rock and Roll Fun and Humor

Instead of torturing you one meme at a time, I decided to put all these in one post. Rock on. 
Get it?
This is in my 23-year-old son's apartment. Pray for him.
Not nice. But kinda true.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What to Do with Bored Church Kids?

"I'm bored."

I couldn't believe my ears. I was three months into a youth pastorate. I had taken the high school students from our youth ministry to a theme park—one with "the world's fastest roller coaster"—and the students complained of being bored.

That was the last time I took any students to a theme park.

Instead, I started doing something else... and when I did this "something else" with students... I quit hearing the words, "I'm bored."

No joke.

I don't know what all the answers are to dealing with bored high school students in the church, but I can guarantee that it's not more fun entertainment. Besides, you didn't get in to youth ministry to babysit whiny teenagers. You got into youth ministry because you wanted to see students become REAL disciples of Jesus Christ... right?

If you're interested in discovering the "something else" that will take the "I'm bored" right out of the students in your high school youth ministry, then you should read this very carefully.

If, after reading that, you have questions and/or would like more information, contact me. I'd love to interact with you.

If you have bored junior high/middle school students and you're not sure what to do with them, then check out THIS and then contact us for more info. We'd love to interact with you too.

And just for the record, I couldn't agree more with Bono when he said, "I want to have fun, and I want to change the world."

Youth ministry done like Jesus can do both.



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Sunday, April 03, 2016

Monday Funday: Lunch with my probation officer...

My friends are legit professionals.

Me? I'm still sporting the original Cheap Trick concert t-shirt from the 70s.

This is where Allison Lunch Rule #1 comes into play:
The guy with the tie buys.

Is this guy really one of my friends or my probation officer?

You decide.

Few things are worse than two old guys posing for a selfie.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

For all my friends who are NOT morning people...

Surgeon General's Warning: This 40 second mind-blowing poetry experience is in honor of World Poetry Day and is especially for every student and youth leader who has heard me speak at a camp or a conference somewhere on God's green earth. I love you. Some things are just so important and good, you have to share it with the world. Here you go. Crank up the volume. And the irony? I AM a morning person.



I'm Not a Morning Person
A poetry recitation by Bill Allison

I woke up early one morning, the earth lay cool and still.
When suddenly, a tiny bird perched on my window sill.

He sang a song so carefree, so lovely and so gay,
that slowly all my troubles began to drift away.

He sang of far off places, of laughter and of fun.
It seemed his very trilling brought up the morning sun.

I stirred beneath the covers and crept slowly out of bed.
and gently lowered the window and crushed his little head.

I'm not a morning person.


Bonus: Here's my 40 second recitation of the above poem.

(If audio link doesn't appear, go here.)

And if that little poetic ditty I did wasn't enough goodness for you, then please enjoy this....

(If video link doesn't appear, go here.)

Thanks for stopping by to share that weird and wild intersection of junior high humor AND poetry.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

St. Patrick's Day: And now the rest of the story...


If the only thing you think of when you hear the words "Happy St. Patrick's Day" is green beer and corned beef and cabbage, then I challenge you to take 3 minutes to read this.





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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Monday Funday: Happy Real Meaning of Easter

For something a little more serious, meaningful, and beautiful about Easter, check this out!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

We're on a mission from God and here's the mission...

Thank you for investing in disciplemaking. Your love, friendship, prayers, and $ support are God's wind in our sails. We're not joking when we say that we are your disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre Ministries. As you read our update below, please take a moment to thank God with usThe best way to view this is to go here. You can also click on any image below to enlarge for reading. Check out how God is multiplying your investment in us for His kingdom and glory...
Would you please pray for us? We are disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre MinistriesWe 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.
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.  Cadre Ministries is a recognized 501(c)3 ministry.

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

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Would YOU please pray for us RIGHT NOW?

Updated: April 26, 2016...

Here's how you can pray for us this week...

Thursday, April 28th...
Lunch with disciplemaking friends who are the ongoing Peoria Area Leadership Community.


Friday, April 29th...
Equip Junior High Middle School Disciplemaking Training Experience
Port Washington, WI
April 29-30


Saturday, April 30th...
Disciplemaking Training for Youth Leaders
Janesville, WI
What?
Planning, programming, and organizing are essential components of a great ministry. But God made you for more. Way more. Good news: You can become the disciplemaking leader Jesus wants you to be.

Together, we'll explore...
* How walking closely with Jesus overflows into your friendships
* What a Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life looks like in real life
* Why discipleship is good but disciplemaking is better
* Why relationships matter in disciplemaking
* How to be a disciple who makes disciples who make more disciples

Bring your Bible.

When?
Saturday, March 5
9 AM to 3 PM

Where?
North Central Conference of the Free Methodist Church
Janesville, WI

Register?
For complete details and to register, go here.

Thank you for praying for us right now...

Bill and Stacy for all of us Allisons

How God Answers Your Prayers for Us!
What God did in Illinois because of your prayers! THANK YOU!
What God did in Missouri because of your prayers! THANK YOU!
What God did in Wisconsin because of your prayers! THANK YOU!
What God did in Colorado because of your prayers! THANK YOU!

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!


Because of God AND the prayer and financial partnership with God’s people like YOU, we are able to take Jesus-like disciplemaking, equipping, and encouragement to thousands of people in hundreds of churches and ministries each year! That's what Cadre Ministries has been about for over 12 years now. God is at work and we love being along for this, crazy, fun, and fruitful ride.

But make no mistake about it: We couldn't do Cadre without friends like YOU.

Would you prayerfully consider joining our financial partnership team on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis starting now?


From our hearts to yours, thank you for prayerfully considering our request.



Bill, Stacy, Emily, Bill, Aubrey, Josey, Libby, Sadey, and Ivy

FYI:
* Send a check to Cadre Ministries, PO Box 278, Sycamore, IL 60178 and attach a note for "Allisons." Cadre Ministries is a recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry and all donations are tax deductible.


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The only thing worth my short life...

[If you really want to know what I think is the only thing worth my short life, start reading and don't stop until you've finished reading all the text by each picture. You'll know. Thanks for stopping by Cup O Joe with Bill. You totally make my day!]

You've no doubt heard of the "selfie," but have you ever heard of the "usie"? The pictures you will see below include other people—therefore they are not "selfies" and therefore I'm not a teenage girl. I am, however, an old man with an "usie" stick (not a selfie stick) on a mission to perfect the art of the usie.
We had a great time in January doing disciplemaking training for students and youth leaders in Green Bay, WI, for the Forest Lakes District Youth Conference.

The are the guys who a the current cohort group of the Peoria Area Leadership Community—a Disciplemaking Learning Community.

It was my honor to speak to students and youth leaders at Catalyst Camps as a part of Cedar Lakes Ministries in Indian. About 30 students indicated they trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and many more were involved in disciplemaking after the retreat as they took the 21 day challenge together—one chapter of the book of John for 21 days. One youth leader wrote, "Amazing time at middle school winter camp at Cedar Lake this weekend!!!! Praise God that 7 of our students made decisions this weekend to trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior and others rededicating their lives to Jesus Christ."

Five of my six daughters... all sassy. They obviously take after their mother.


Some of the guys who are the Peoria Area Leadership Community Ongoing group. At this lunch gathering, we wrestled Why Youth Ministries Fail and What to Do About It. It was an rich and iron sharpening iron time together. And the food wasn't bad either.

In February, I spent a morning with volunteer youth leaders from the Evangelical Free Church in Bloomington, IL exploring How to Be a Disciple Who Makes More Disciples. Each volunteer youth leader got a copy of the Disicplemaker's Guide for continued encouragement and equipping.

Another daughter. Another dance. Another boy. Pray for me.

My friend, Bill White (middle), was installed as the senior pastor of Knox Bible Church. It was my honor to challenge the congregation with Seven Biblical Ways God Wants YOU to Encourage Your Pastor. Also loved meeting with Dr. J.K. Jones (right).

So much fun speaking to students and youth leaders at Timber-lee's Winter Xtreme in Wisconsin. I personally heard from about a dozen students trusting Christ as Savior—and many more asking their youth leaders to disciple them! Here's a text I got from one of the youth leaders after the weekend: "I'm currently engaged in three separate groups of students wrestling the Gospel of John. Thank you for what you do."

 A student who walked up to me and shared with me his story and how he trusted Christ as his Savior at Timber-lee! BONUS: Ivy learning the art of photobombing.

The young lady in the center trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior last year (2015) when I was at Timber-lee. She shared her story with me this year. It totally encouraged my heart. Her volunteer youth leader (right) has been walking alongside of her and they are a part of a great youth ministry together!

Disciplemaking Pastors? You bet. Pastors from Church of God churches all over IL gathered in Decatur to explore How to Become a Disciplemaking Leader Like Jesus last Thursday. It was a great day!

Investing in the next generation of disciplemakers. It's the only thing worth my short life. Just like is says in Psalm 71:18: "Now that I am old and gray... Let me proclaim your power to this new generation...."

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.  Cadre Ministries is a recognized 501(c)3 ministry.

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


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