Sunday, January 22, 2017

On Perspective, Endurance, and Encouragement

That's the perspective part above.

Here's the endurance part... 
"Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin." 
—Hebrews 12:1-4

This is the encouragement part...
If you've ever felt like giving up or quitting, this is for you.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

What God did at Districts in Green Bay, WI

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For over a decade now, we, as disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre Ministries, have had the honor of being a part of the Forrest Lakes District Youth Conference in Green Bay, WI. Each of these ten plus years, we've faithfully brought Cadre's disciplemaking training labs to equip and encourage students and youth leaders. In 2010 and this year, 2017, it was my honor to also be the conference speaker. All glory to God for doing only that which God can do! Like this note I got from a student: "Hey loved hearing you this weekend, you really put things in perspective to me. This weekend I felt God in my heart so much and I thought of things I've never thought before and decided to make Jesus my one and only savior and I had lots of 'WOW' moments this whole weekend so I just wanted to say thank you and God is good."

What drives a missionary to go places they'd not normally go? The love of Jesus. It was so cold in Wisconsin that the politicians were putting their hands in their own pockets. There are no truer words that can describe how cold it was than this poem

On Friday morning, January 6, 2017, we loaded the car and The Three Amigos headed to the frozen tundra in the far north for a grand God adventure with 4,000+ students and youth leaders!

Our best friends and favorite Cadre missionaries, Dave and Rennie Garda, invested the entire weekend in praying, training, coaching, and encouraging students and youth leaders from all over Wisconsin.

In one way or another, I've invested my entire adult life so far in making disciplemakers with the next generations—and those who lead them. I'm not going to lie. It's way more fun than working with normal adults—even though at times it gets a little squirrelly. 

It's our honor to share God's Word and the Gospel with students! This young lady hugged me and with tears in her eyes told me, "I trusted Christ as my Savior this weekend!" She was one of many! Another student wrote, "I was at Districts 2017 this weekend. I just wanted to say thank you for coming and speaking to us. God has such a huge impact on me. I gave my life to Christ for the first time this weekend and I am so excited to see what God has in store for me. I also ask if you could keep me in prayers, just to stand my ground and not give into the world around me and give in to my old ways."

If video doesn't appear, go here.
If you’re more a video person, you can check out this 3 minute video (above) that let’s you get a front row seat for the conference and what God did! (FYI: If you're so inclined, here are videos of my messages: Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday night and Sunday morning.) Another student wrote to me, "Hi Bill! I wanted to email you and say how much God moved our hearts at Districts! I had a really good connection with your speaking. Me and my friends stayed up until 4 am and wrote our sins down, flushed them down the toilet. That night I also accepted God into my life, and let him take the wheel. I'm only fifteen. God got to my heart this weekend. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate what you do and what God have did for me this weekend!"

While I value the honor of preaching God's Word to the 4,000+ people, I also value disciplemaking training experiences with cadres of students and youth leaders (including all the volunteer youth leaders) just as much!

We also deeply value disciplemaking training experiences with cadres of junior high/middle school students and those who love them. Above: Our dear friend, Nate Stenholtz, youth pastor, leads a Cadre training lab! (How YOU can become a trainer with Cadre like Nate.)

And of course we deeply value disciplemaking training experiences with cadres of high school students and their youth pastors! Why? Because God does these sorts of things: "I was at Districts this weekend and you are the most amazing speaker ever! Thank you so much for being there you inspired me so much! I had a new WOW moment this weekend, it was on Saturday night when everybody was singing Lord I Need You it was so Awesome! I am now going to be discipled by my youth leader! I have been having a really hard time with my friends and I got so excited when you gave us a chance to be discipled! Thank you so much!!!"

God. Dave and Rennie. Disciplemaking. Friendship. Encouragement. Youth leaders"When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours." —Romans 1:12

In between main session, service projects, and disciplemaking training labs, we get to love, encourage, and pray for the students. So. Much. Fun. Even if they are Green Bay Packer fans. Here's what another student wrote to me, "I would really like to thank you for everything that you told us at Districts17. On Saturday night, I finally surrendered to Jesus Christ and the things that you told us made me see a lot of things in a completely different way than I did before Districts. I'm a freshman and during my junior high years I struggled with anxiety and depression. I was also bullied quite often. Before Districts, I struggled to believe that God was actually here and I had a hard time believing that he loved me and that he forgave me for all of my sins. No matter how much I prayed, no matter how much I read the Bible, I didn't believe that God could ever forgive me for any of my sins. However, after what you said throughout this weekend (see Isaiah 6:1-8), I finally believe that God forgives me and that he loves me. I've had many doubts about God's love for me; however, I've learned that if you accept God and surrender to him, he does forgive you for all of your sins because he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins. I didn't grow up in a home where my family had a relationship with God. My family was religious. I now know the difference from being religious and having a relationship with God and surrendering yourself to him. All the things you said over this weekend has made me think a lot and it has changed everything for me. So, I would like to thank you for speaking to us and helping me accept Jesus Christ as my savior and surrendering myself to him. Thank you so much."

Did I mention that we get to love, encourage, and pray for youth leaders we've invested our lives in over the yearsThank you God for disciplemaking friendships!

Speaking of disciplemaking friendships: We've been known to meet up with some of our favorite disciplemaking pastors for coffee at 5:30 AM on a frigid Saturday morning while at Districts. Yes, that cup I'm holding has four shots of expresso in it. Can you say, "GOOD MORNING!"? Cup O' Joe with Bill indeed.

We also get to hear a lot of very cool disciplemaking stories. Like this one from Robert (top picture). Robert wrote, "I had a very cool God moment this weekend at Districts 2017! Our speaker was Bill Allison, a very talented speaker who has a heart for discipleship. The significance of this was he used to mentor Kris Prescott (lower right bottom) before Kris left for Texas. Kris was the first guy to take me in after giving my life to Christ and teach me about true discipleship. I developed a heart and love for Jesus and discipleship from the beginning of my walk with God. I got to introduce myself to Bill and thank him and then I introduce Bill to Gavin (lower left bottom), the young man I am discipling, who is already talking about who he is going to disciple. What an amazing testimony of disciples, making disciples, making disciples who want to make more disciples! I praise and thank God for all the disciplemaking men he put in my life!"

Seriously, how fun is all that? Thank you Jesus! This is that great intersection of disciplemaking as a way of life AND a large District Youth Conference event that works to create disciplemaking momentum during AND long after the event!  Thank you Jesus. We know it's all you... and that's exactly what we want.

"Now that I am old and gray.... Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me."
—Psalm 71:18

We couldn't be disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre Ministries without God's faithful care and provision through folks like you who pray for us and $ partner with our disciplemaking mission.
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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Ministry isn't just for ministers: Why YOU are in the ministry. (Yes, I'm talking to YOU.)

I dare you to...
1. Listen to this FREE audio
2. Read this true story
3. Pray this prayer for 21 days in a row

I'd love to hear what God does in your life!

Who else in your life needs to hear this?

Why not share it with them right now?

I dare you.

p.s. Want to help the "volunteers" who serve with you to embrace their biblical identity as ministers? Then this is for you.

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

To succeed at the wrong things is to fail

"If we as a church succeed in every area, but fail to make disciples who can spiritually multiply, then ultimately we have failed. Yet if we fail in every other area, but succeed in spiritual multiplication, then ultimately we have succeeded."
—Pastor Tommy Nelson, Denton Bible Church, Denton, TX

“I’m not afraid of failure, I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”
—William Carey

More on this here.


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Sunday, December 25, 2016

The 2017 Read-the-Bible-Together Adventure

Would you like a better, stronger relationship with God in 2017?

By far the single most important thing I did in 2016 that helped my relationship with God was reading through the Bible—with some friends.

News Flash: 
A better, stronger relationship with God will not happen accidentally.

This is your invitation to invite your friends and family to take a life-changing AND guilt-free Bible reading adventure together in 2017.

1. Here’s WHY you probably won't do this. (Just keeping it real.)
4. Here's a story about what God can do if you dare to try in 2017.
5. Here's our Bible reading plan for 2017...   
   * January 2017
   * February 2017
   * March 2017
   * April 2017
   * May 2017
   * June 2017
   * July 2017
   * August 2017
   * October 2017
   * November 2017
   * December 2017

So, are you in?

If yes, then invite your friends to join you in this guilt-free Bible reading adventure starting the first day of each month in 2017. That's right. We have 12 on ramps—one for each month—where your friends can choose to join you in reading the Bible together!

This begs the question:
WHO needs to do this with you this year?

Share this post with them right now.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Shhh! Don't tell my kids...

When my kids asked me for an iPad for Christmas, I said, "Okay."
I can't wait to see the looks on their faces.

Best. Christmas. Ever.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Thank God and YOU for making Cadre possible...

You pray to God for us.

You $ partner with God and us. 

Thank you!

We want you to know what God is doing in response to your prayers and $ partnership! 

Read on. (Click any image to enlarge for reading or go here.)


Here are some 2016 STATS...

Here are some 2016 STORIES...
To God and God alone be all the glory!

Make no mistake about it. We thank God for you. It's not an overstatement to say that without God and you, we couldn't be Cadre missionaries. We need your continued prayer and $ partnership.
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* To contact Bill about speaking or training, go here.

Again, from our hearts to yours, THANK YOU!


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Sunday, December 04, 2016

The Ivy and Friends 2016 Christmas Letter

Everything has a beginning, middle, and an end. When it comes to our family Christmas letter, this year marks an end of sorts... that becomes a new beginning. Read on and find out why. (Click any image to enlarge for reading or go here.)



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Sunday, November 27, 2016

On Jesus, Disciplemaking, and Changing the World

Disciplemaking.

It's the last thing Jesus told us to live and do.

It's the gigantic "E" on the eye examination chart.

But when you're straining your eyes to read the smaller letters on the eye chart, you'll probably end up missing the gigantic "E."

Could it be that we are missing the gigantic "E" on Jesus' eye chart? (Or perhaps Jesus' eye chart has a gigantic "D" at the top for Disciplemkaing :)

In other words:
Are we busy doing every good thing except the very thing Jesus told us to do—disciplemaking?

As missionaries with Cadre Ministries, our passion is proliferating Jesus-like disciplemaking. It's what we aspire to live and do.
With everyone.
Everyday.
Everywhere.

We need your help. 

We invite you to strategically invest in disciplemaking which—when done like Jesus—changes the world forever.

So here's the big question...

Will you invest in that which changes the world forever?

For complete information on various ways you can be God's wind in the sails of disciplemaking missionaries who serve Jesus Christ with Cadre Ministries, go here

Trust us when we say that no $ gift is too small and any gift will be deeply appreciated.

(If you need more reasons WHY to give, go here.)

From our hearts to yours, thank you for investing in disciplemaking—and changing the world forever.
p.s. I dare you to ask this question to yourself, your family, and your friends: Are we busy doing every good thing except the very thing Jesus told us to do—disciplemaking?

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Are you only counting attendance?

I dare you.

Here's why.

If you have the guts to rethink what it means to be a healthy church, go here.

If you need a tool to help you think through HOW to count disciplemakers, go here.

The way you define success will define your life more than anything else.

Where are you getting your definition of success?

Have you ever taken the time to consider what God has to say about success?

Now go back up this post and start clicking the links. They'll help you give some serious thought about what you are counting and what you should be counting.

Seriously. Do it.

Better yet. Share this post with a friend and wrestle the post and links together.

I dare you.

One more time: The way you define success will define your life more than anything else.

"Do not pay too much attention to fame, power, or money. Someday you will meet a person who cares for none of these, and then you'll know how poor you are."
—Rudyard Kipling

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

How to Overflow with Thanksgiving...


I see two intentional steps to a life that overflows with thanksgiving...

1. Inflow: Let your roots grow down into Jesus.

But how do you do that? I suggest you start here

2. Overflow: Thank God's for his blessings.

What are 3-4 simple, everyday things you can thank God for?

For example...

Now you do it... right now:

* Make your list of 3-4 simple everyday things you can thank God for.

* Then take a moment to actually thank God for each of them.

BTW: Thanking God = Overflowing.

Way to overflow with thanksgiving baby.

Now help someone else do it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Want learn to live a life of inflow and overflow?


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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Monday Funday: Election fatigue anyone?

Just in case you're the only person in America who isn't suffering from election fatigue... here's who I'm voting for this year.
Yeah. I'm messing with you. I'm such a tease. But it's all in fun. And let's keep it real. In case you haven't noticed, an election year—especially THIS election year—is a really good time to NOT lose your sense of humor.

Hence this post.

However, if you really want my take on this election, go here. But who really cares about what I think? Honestly.

Or, you can watch this Rick Astley video from the 80s. Watching this video will make you really glad we're not in the 80s anymore.

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

Or, you can ponder what it would be like if Jimmy Buffett was president...

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

See. This post wasn't a total waste of your time.

Yeah, I'm still messing with you.

But please keep in mind what I said earlier about NOT losing your sense of humor during an election year.


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