Sunday, October 25, 2020

When Disciplemaking Stops...

What happens if those we disciple don't make more disciples?

Consider these three generations...
* 1st Generation: Moses
* 2nd Generation: Joshua
* 3rd Generation: The Judges...

"And the Israelites served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the leaders who outlived him [the judges]—those who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.... After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the LORD or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. The Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight.... They abandon the LORD, the God of their ancestors...." —Judges 2:7, 10-12.

Does this sound familiar? 

What went wrong? Where? Why? How?

Here's the BIG question: 
What can we do about it?

We haven't made disciples like Jesus until those we disciple make more disciples.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Fifty Countries, One Song, One Savior, One King

In North America and Europe, it often feels like we're losing Kingdom ground. But around much of the world—including some of the most anti-Christian countries—the Kingdom of Jesus is exploding. Watch this video and take heart!
This video is just a little reminder of what God is doing around the world.


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Disciplemaking Learning Communities in Central IL.


PALC: The Peoria Area Leadership Community 2020-2021

Women's DLC 2020-2021

If you want to know more about DLC's or you're interested in being a part of a DLC, all you have to do  is contact us


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Sunday, October 04, 2020

Join us on Saturday, October 24, 2020!

Saturday, October 24, 2020
Pine Ridge Christian Center, Sheridan, IL
10 AM to 2 PM
(Seating is limited.)

For information about the content of this training experience or how you can schedule this fun, interactive disciplemaking training experience for your church or ministry, go here.


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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Encouraging Your Pastor(s): Why and How

Here's WHY you must encourage your pastor(s).

Here's HOW you can encourage your pastor(s).

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Can YOU Help Us with $18?

This month, Cadre is celebrating 18 years of making disciples who make more disciples—who make more disciples, ad infinitum.

For 18 years, God and you have made it possible for us, as Cadre Missionaries, to give our lives to multiplying disciplemakers here and around the world. Thank you.

And make no mistake:  We still need your help!


In honor of our 18th birthday, would you please prayerfully consider donating a special gift of $18 or more?



We're hoping and praying for 300 of our friends to respond with a special gift of $18—which would bless Cadre with $5,400 much-needed dollars for our disciplemaking mission. (UPDATE: As of 10/21/20 we've had 199 people partner with us!  We are so thankful! However, that means we still have need of 101 friends to partner with us at $18 each.)

Will YOU be one of our 101
* Mail a check: Cadre Missionaries, PO Box 278, Sycamore, IL 60178
* For questions or more info, contact Rennie at 815.501.3132.
Cadre Missionaries is a recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry and all gifts are tax deductible.

Thank you for investing in disciplemaking!

And look at what God is doing...

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If you've read to this point, you really are a friend! We thank God for you!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

What could happen if volunteers really believed they weren't "just volunteers"?

 
The words we use are full of connotations.

Would you rather buy a “pre-owned” car or a “used” car? See what I mean? It’s the same car, but, depending on which words are used, the connotation is different.

While I love the concept of someone freely giving their time and talents to serve without pay, the term “volunteer,” when used in ministry, often seems to carry a connotation of “second best” or “not really that important.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a wonderful, committed, effective non-paid servant in a ministry refer to him or herself as “just a volunteer.” For whatever reason, non-paid workers in the church have subconsciously picked up on the very unbiblical connotation that they are “ just volunteers.”

This should bother us because it's a big, fat lie.

Why?

I contend that the Bible clearly teaches that every Christian is a full-time minister. (Do your own study on the "priesthood of the believer" or keep reading for more info below.) Therefore, I don’t like the term “volunteer” when used in a ministry context.

I think we need a new term for volunteers—one that doesn’t contain the second-class baggage.

When speaking of someone who generously gives time to serve Jesus but doesn't get paid for it, I propose we start using a term like "ministry leader" or _____ (fill in  your idea here). If enough of us get on board with terminology like this, we might be able to exchange the word “volunteer” along with its less desirable connotations for a much more biblically accurate and dignifying term.

Who knows what could happen? 

People who graciously serve in ministry without compensation might quit acting like "just volunteers" and might start acting like, well, "ministry leaders." The potential ramifications for mobilizing the latent volunteer power sitting (literally) in our churches could be revolutionary.

Once we’ve replaced the term "volunteer" with something like “ministry leader,” we can move on to changing the term “committees” to “teams” or perhaps to my personal favorite, “cadres.” This, too, would be revolutionary. 

However, for now, let’s take one revolution at a time. Way too many great people of God see themselves as “just volunteers.”  

I contend it's the biggest lie in ministry.

The revolution begins here. Starting with YOU. And YOU spreading it to others.



Here's how YOU can do it.


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Monday, September 07, 2020

Why Disciplemaking?

You may have noticed that it's a crazy world out there. And it feels like it's getting crazier. Doesn't it?

In North America, it seems like paganism is displacing Christianity in the public square.

Ironically, in the first 300 years of the church that Jesus started, Christianity spread so effectively that it actually displaced much of paganism in the Roman Empire. And it all happened in a context that was often hostile to Christianity. Think about that. 

How did the early followers of Jesus have such a huge impact on a pagan culture?

In his book, The Triumph of Christianity, Dr. Rodney Stark writes, "...the  spread of religious movements is not accomplished by dramatic events and persuasive preachers, but by ordinary followers who convert their equally anonymous friends, relatives, and neighbors."

That sounds like "disciplemaking friendships that multiply" to me. If you really know us, you know that's who Cadre Missionaries is—ordinary folks who share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Jesus' disciplemaking way of life with our ordinary friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.

What if disciplemaking like Jesus is our only real hope for turning the tide?

This month, Cadre is celebrating 18 years of making disciples who make more disciples—who make more disciples, ad infinitum.

For 18 years, God and you have made it possible for us, as Cadre Missionaries, to give our lives to multiplying disciplemakers here and around the world. Thank you.

And make no mistake:  We still need your help!


In honor of our 18th birthday, would you please prayerfully consider donating a special gift of $18 or more?



We're hoping and praying for 300 of our friends to respond with a special gift of $18—which would bless Cadre with $5,400 much-needed dollars for our disciplemaking mission.

Will YOU be one of our 300?
* Mail a check: Cadre Missionaries, PO Box 278, Sycamore, IL 60178
* For questions or more info, contact Rennie at 815.501.3132.
Cadre Missionaries is a recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry and all gifts are tax deductible.

Thank you for investing in disciplemaking!

I invite you to ponder this one more time: 
What if disciplemaking like Jesus is our only real hope for turning the tide?










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