Sunday, December 08, 2019

Jesus, YOU, and Cadre...

YOU pray to God for us.

YOU $ partner with God and us. 

Thank YOU!

As your disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre, we want YOU to know what God is doing in response to YOUR prayers and $ partnership

So please read on...

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To God and God alone be all the glory!
and we'll send you this special hillbilly 
edition of our missionary prayer card above!

Make no mistake about it. We need your continued prayer and $ partnership.

* To join our email prayer team about 2x a month, contact us.

* For much-needed year-end $upport and monthly giving, go here.

* To contact Bill about speaking or training, go here.

From our hearts to yours, THANK YOU! We thank God for you.

For Cup O' Joe with Bill readers only: I will mail a free Cadre book to the first person who emails me their mailing address. The person will get The Disciplemaker's Guide. [Congrats to John Berger! You won!]

Sunday, December 01, 2019

What God Did in AZ, NV, and UT...

Thank you so much for praying for our disciplemaking mission trip out west to AZ, UT, and NV. And a special THANK YOU to everyone who also $upported this mission trip. God used you via us for his glory! It was a very fruitful time of disciplemaking and making disciplemakers. Check out the photos and stories...

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For 11 days, we had lots of car time (and coffee) together with Derrick Smothers of E3 Connection (on the right) as we traveled through three states of desert. It turns out that Time With (TW) is an essential part of the disciplemaking genius of Jesus. The beautiful thing about our disciplemaking friendship with Derrick is that in the wake of our mission trip, he will continually reach out and reconnect with the folks in the pictures that follow below. This is the real mission of Cadre: to encourage and equip disciplemakers like Derrick!

First stop was Sun Valley Community Church, Tempe, AZ, where our longtime friend, Kyle Glenn, is the campus pastor.

We did The Challenge of Finishing Well training experience at Sun Valley and had a blast. “I am grateful for the encouragement in ministry and in disciplemaking relationships! Thanks Bill and Derrick for leading on Sunday morning, and for training leaders on Sunday evening!” —Pastor Kyle Glenn

Next we did our One-Another training experience at River Valley Bible Church, Mesquite, NV. It’s always a Holy Spirit moment when we take time in our training experiences to connect to each other and God at the same time. We call it, disciplemaking friendships.

We invested good part of a day working with a Gospel-centered ministry right smack in the middle of a 100-year-old polygamous society.

With Pastor Jason McDowell, Mountain View Bible Church, Laverkin, UT. We did the Evangelism Is Relationships training lab with volunteer ministry leaders.

The next day we did The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus training experience with some of the volunteers ministry leaders at New Hope Community Church, Moapa Valley, NV (Assembly of God). “It was great to study under your ministry today, and to fellowship with you and your wife and daughter. I hope it is okay to use your training material as reference tomorrow as I teach the adult Bible class. Your training is full of good ideas and Scripture.” —Clint, a volunteer ministry leader

A ministry of encouraging small town pastors! That’s what we do on these mission trips. With Pastor Daniel (left) of New Hope Christian Church, Moapa Valley, NV.

The Grace Place is a Gospel-Centered church plant in Ivins, UT, a town that is 90+ percent mormon. They rent a school building on Sundays.

It was my honor to preach at The Grace Place on Sunday.

Pastor Harald and Helga Schwaiger are the church planting couple who started The Grace Place. Yes, Stacy and Helga could be sisters. You should see them together. They not only look alike, they share the same gift of hospitality. The Schwaiger’s have six kids and Ivy didn’t want to leave Utah after she got to know and love the Schwaiger kids. Harald and Helga are originally from Austria and have an amazing God story to tell. It is an honor to partner with them.

Thanks for reading all the way to the end. Your prayers make Cadre possible and powerful—and we thank God for you. We really are your disciplemaking missionaries serving Jesus with Cadre.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Every Little Bit Helps: 3 Ways You Can Painlessly Partner with Cadre's Disciplemaking Mission and Have Fun this Holiday Season

1. Shop AND make disciplemakers!
When you shop on Amazon, let Amazon donate to Cadre Missionaries—at no extra expense to you. All you have to do is designate "Cadre Missionaries" as your preferred not-for-profit recipient and Amazon will send Cadre a little $ love. All because of you! But here's the real win: We'll invest the donation from your Amazon purchasing activity in making disciplemakers! (Now that's a gift that really keeps on giving!) And we'd be eternally grateful to God and you. Check it out here.

2. Get mugged by Cadre!
You love Jesus. And you love coffee. And—if you're a real American (ha ha)—you'll be banging your head about what to get your family and friends this holiday season, right?  Here's a great way to love your friends and family who love coffee—and encourage them to live as a disciplemaker at the same time.

3. Consider sharing Cadre resources!
* Cadre books
* Cadre digital iBooks
* Kindle books here, here, and here.
* Cadre audios
* Cadre living guides

Why this post? 
“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

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Which is better: To be divided by truth or to be united in error?

This post is about the United Methodist Church... and so much more.

I think a lot of people in the west, particularly in America, tend to think that the west is the center of God's doings—and that all nations should come and drink deeply from American ministry leadership.

However, here's a case of the east, particularly Africans, cogently leading the west.  But, to be completely honest, I'm not all that sure that we in the west have the ears to hear or the courage to follow what our African brothers and sisters are modeling for us. This is very unfortunate because there is so much to be learned from them.

Here's another short take on this: This six minutes is worth the listen (or you can read it here).

"It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error."
—Rudolf Merab, Delegate from Liberia

So I ask you—which is better: To be divided by truth or to be united in error?

Here's another audio that is worth a listen.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Equipping Volunteer Ministry Leaders to Make Disciplemakers with the Next Generations...

We, as Cadre Missionaries, have enjoyed a God-favored partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination (CMA)—particularly via the Next Ministry Conference. For this, we thank God.

Dan Boal (left) is the Alliance Youth Ministries Consultant who serves 38,000 students and 5,000 youth workers nation-wide—and he's also the Executive Director of the Next Ministry Conferences. Laura Slezak (right) is a part-time Cadre Missionary and also serves as the Next Conference Manager.

The Next Ministry Conferences are designed to encourage and equip volunteer ministry leaders to make disciplemakers with the next generations. There are many conferences in the church world. However, there are very few conferences whose primary focus is on encouraging and equipping volunteers to be and make disciplemakers. (See WHY we find it's so easy for Cadre to partner with them?) Check out the video below...

In 2019, it is has been my honor to keynote and do disciplemaking training labs at Next Conferences in FL, OH, and MN. So. Much. Fun.

And it gets even funner as we get to connect with the great folks of the CMA—like this guy. Dr. Ken Castor is a youth ministry professor at Crown College—a CMA college. Rumor has it that the Next Conferences came out of Ken's heart to encourage and equip next generation ministry leaders—both paid and volunteer. Not lying when I say that we have a special liking for Ken and his wife Kathy. Ivy lovingly refers to Dr. Ken Castor as "Kenny Boy."

Not long ago, I was invited to speak at a chapel service at CMA's National Offices in Colorado Springs, CO. It was a joy to meet and interact with John Stumbo, President of the US Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.

All this to say: 1) To God be the glory "for everything  comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to  him forever! Amen" (Romans 11:36), and, 2) We couldn't be disciplemaking missionaries like this without friends like you who pray for us and partner with us financially. THANK YOU for being God's wind in our Cadre sails.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Seven Questions I Dare YOU to Wrestle with Friends...

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." 

How simply and accurately can YOU explain Jesus-like disciplemaking? 

Around your dinner table at Thanksgiving, in your small group, at your next staff meeting, elder's meeting, Sunday school class, Bible study, ministry leader's meeting, at your next student ministries gathering, at your next retreat, date night, parenting class, while you are having coffee with a friend, I dare you to wrestle THESE questions...

1. What is a disciple?
2. What is disciplemaking?
3. How important is friendship in disciplemaking? Why?
4. How do you measure your effectiveness as a disciplemaker?
5. Who are you currently discipling? How so?
6. When you are with your disciplemaking friends, what do you do together? Be specific.
7. What does supporting disciplemaking look like in your church, ministry, and family?

[Note: The above seven questions were excerpted from The Disciplemaker's Living Guide by (c) 2018 Used by permission.]
"This book written by my friend, Bill Allison, is probably one of the simplest, clearest, most assessable descriptions of disciplemaking I know. I dare you to grab a friend or two and read this together."
Shane Stacey

Former National Student Ministries Director with the Evangelical Free Church of America and current Adult Equipping Pastor, Hosanna Church, Minneapolis, MN

Cadre Special for Cup O' Joe with Bill Readers
All you have to do is go here.