Sunday, August 13, 2017

Jesus Is Enough...

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Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.

Instead,
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

—The Apostle Paul, Romans 12:17-21

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

From Disciples to DiscipleMAKERS

When Jesus said, "Come and see," he wasn't inviting people to a program. He was inviting potential disciples to a relationship with him.

We think of these relationships as Disciplemaking Friendships.

It turns out that Disciplemaking Friendships aren't simply an ingredient for disciplemaking—but actually how Jesus makes disciples into disciplemakers.

That's exactly what we're going to explore in our next gathering of the Peoria Area Leadership Community Ongoing (PALCO)!


What?
We'll wrestle three nonnegotiables for helping disciples become disciplemakers.

When?
Thursday, September 7th

Time?
Coffee and goodies at 8:30 AM
Training from 9 AM to 12 Noon 

Lunch?
Let's pick a place and get lunch together. (Each person pays for himself.)

Where?
The Christian Center 
4100 N. Brandywine Dr
Peoria, IL 61602

Who?
Peoria Area Leadership Community (PALC) alumni only.

RSVP
Please email Bill ASAP if you plan to be a part of this time of training and community.

Tuition?
$25 per person and includes the training experience and training materials you'll be able to use in your life and ministry immediately.
* To pay tuition via regular mail, send a check to: Cadre Ministries, PO Box 264, Mossville, IL 61552 and include a note that the check is for PALCO.
* Even if you plan to pay tuition on the day of our gathering via a credit card, please register with Bill via email ASAP.
(If money is truly an issue for you, let me know and I'll take care of it for you. Not joking. I love you.)

Bring?
Be sure to bring your Bible, pen, and money for lunch. FYI: I'll have a few other disciplemaking resources for those so inclined to purchase these.

Training Presentations?
If after experiencing this training, YOU would like to do the training in your ministry, simply let Bill know and he'll explain how to make that can happen.

Can You Help?
We need someone to bring...
* healthy snacks
* donuts and goodies for the rest of us who don't care if we die young
* coffee
Please let Bill know ASAP if you can you help with one of these!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Summer 2017 Life and Ministry in Pictures

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Why is the kitchen perhaps the most important room of a house? Food, family, fun, and faith! At our table with some of our neighbors celebrating God, friendship, and taking a disciplemaking adventure together as families.

What do you get when you blindfold a pastor and shout confusing messages at him? This. Ministry Is Relationships training experience at CrossPoint Church in Eureka, IL. This training would be perfect for your ministry/church.

How can you carve out even a few minutes together as a family? We call it "Deck Time with Dad." In the cool of the day toward the end of the day we'll sit on the deck together enjoying God and each other... until the mosquitos carry one of us off into the neighbors evergreen trees. Ivy is my favorite youngest daughter.

Why are you always in Wisconsin? God. We had a most enjoyable week speaking to students and youth leaders at Lake Geneva Youth Camp in WI. Some students indicated they trusted Christ as Savior. Others indicated that they wanted to get serious about following Jesus and asked their youth leaders to help them. Still other students ask their youth leaders to help them disciple their friends.

Whose your daddy? This guy. Father's Day with the original Bill Allison.

Where does real life transformation happen? While I deeply appreciate the opportunity to speak and bring God's Word to students and youth leaders in a large group setting, I never underestimate time in smaller groups with students between sessions. I contend that what happens before and after a service is often more transformational than what happens from the stage.

Don't you have a lot of kids? We do. This is our seventh kid. But she's our first real Tballer. This girl is an athlete at an earlier age than any other of our six kids. While other kids on her team were picking dandelions, this girl was in this stance waiting for someone to hit the ball to her.

What are some fun summer training opportunties being offered by Cadre this summer? This three part Cadre training experience is happening in the Central IL area this summer and you can totally join us.

How often are you and the Garda's able to get together? As often as possible. Above is a summer work day with Dave and Rennie Garda. We'd love to bring training to those who serve in ministry with you.

Don't you live out in the farm lands of Central IL? Yes. But sadly I didn't really know much about farming. However, I totally rocked the farmer's life one day this summer with this friend.

How hot was your ministry time in Laredo, TX, this summer? Very. But the ministry time together is always very rich and rewarding. See here, here, and here. For the record, I prefer doing ministry in Laredo during the winter months :  )

Why all the talk about disciplemaking friendships? Because disciplemaking friendships isn't simply an ingredient for disciplemaking—it's how Jesus made disciples who make disciples—who make more disciples.

We know you're crazy, but how crazy is your wife? Fair question. She wanted seven kids... that qualifies as crazy for most of us. She's a good sport when it comes to putting up with my hillbilly-ness. This picture is proof. She's a gem.  We celebrated 29 years of marriage this June 11th. She deserves a medal of honor.

As disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre Ministries, do you support other missionaries? Of course! This summer we were able to get time with Craig and Cheryl Cassell. We've been disciplemaking friends for over 30 years and God has enabled us to $upport them every month for about 29 years! We couldn't do it without you.

What's the most strategic mission field in America? Making disciplemakers with the next generations and those who work with the next generations. Why? Because when you multiply disciplemakers like Jesus did, God's transformational power not only changes the generation you live in but also the generations that come after you!

What's better than summer and kids? Summer, kids, and snow cones! She'd tell you the blue snow cone was totally worth it!

Is life and ministry really about relationships? We think so. The Stacey family stopped by our house on the tail end of their vacation. We were blessed to have a few days together as families. We treated them to a tour of Central IL. It was a short tour with lots of corn fields. Love being disciplemaking friends... and disciplemaking families together.

How many times have you spoken at Mission Peoria? This the fourth time I had the honor of bringing God's Word to students and youth leaders at Mission Peoria. I have a special place in my soul for this ministry. And it's so much fun! More here on Mission Peoria.

Why are you constantly eating ice cream? Ice cream is how I make disciples. At the Ice Cream Shack with these crazies after speaking at Mission Peoria. Even more fun! I loved this time as much as I loved speaking at Mission Peoria. 

What does disciplemaking like Jesus look like in real life today? The simplest understanding of what the Allisons and Cadre Missionaries are about can be summed up in the Disciplemaker's Prayer. What might God be able to do in and through us for His glory if we sought to live everyday like this? I dare you to try it.

Where would we be as a family and ministry without friends like you? There would be no Allison missionaries and no Cadre Ministries. Not joking when we say: We really are your disciplemaking missionaries serving Jesus with Cadre—and we thank God for you!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

We Would Love to Help YOU this Fall...

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Cadre missionaries are scheduling training right now for this fall.

Dates are filling up.

Here are some fun, biblical training experiences we'd love to bring to you and those who serve in ministry with you.

For more information, email us or call 815.501.3132.

The sooner the better.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

God, You, and the Challenge of a Lifetime...

In the following FREE audio, we'll explore...
* Why God requires sexual purity
* Joseph's secrets for sexual purity
* Fifteen little steps to trouble

Listen here.

But wait! There's more...

Go Deeper!

Biblical, practical, and transformational next steps for your purity journey. The transformation goes even deeper when you read and wrestle these PDFs with a friend or two.

The WHY and HOW of Sexual Purity PDF
You Won't Get There Without a Friend PDF




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Sunday, July 02, 2017

The Brian Cole Story: Only God can change a heart

This is my friend Brian Cole.

This is Brian's story...

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If you were touched by Brian's story, please let him know.

The only thing left to do now is THANK GOD for the life changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rethinking the American Approach to Ministry...

Below is a FREE downloadable guide full of biblically-based prompts to help you rethink our American approach to ministry.

American approach to ministry? What are you talking about?

THIS... and can you guess which person in the video is the "pastor"?

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Warning:
You most likely won't get much out of the guide below if you read it by yourself like a book.

However, if you slowly walk through this guide with a few others who serve in ministry with you and stop along the way to look up and wrestle the Scripture, dialogue, and pray—then you'll be well on your way to rethinking the American approach to ministry.

You might even have... dare I say it... fun.

One other thought: I would suggest you slowly walk through the guide with others while enjoying some most excellent coffee together.

Cup O' Joe with Bill indeed.

Have fun. Think. Listen. Ask questions. Search the Scriptures. Debate. Smile. Learn. Encourage.




You can download the free PDF here.


You can get physical copies here.






Related Posts...
* How do you train volunteers for ministry?
* Is ministry just for "ministers"?
* How are disciplemaking and leadership connected?
* Are you leading a program or people?
* Are you successfully failing in ministry?


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Becoming the Disciplemaker You've Always Wanted to Be...


[Join us Thursday, July 27, 9 AM to 12 noon. Complete details below.]

If you really want your ministry to thrive for the glory of God, then you'd better figure out how to help volunteers be disciples who make disciples who make more disciples.

I have great news for you.

Help is on the way!

Here is your invitation to to make the Summer of 2017 a "summer of love" for God, volunteers, and your ministry. Even more good news: You are free to participate in one, two, or all three of these summer training experiences for one-time tuition of $30 (includes training materials). Here's the plan...

Session #1 
Being a Disciple...
We'll explore...
* Why a disciple's attitude is critically important
* How to tap into the power of transformational learning
* Your most important job as a disciple
 
When?
* Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9 AM to 12 Noon
Where?
* The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Session #2 
Who Makes Disciples...
We'll explore...
* Why programs can either hinder or help disciplemaking
* How to measure the success of disciplemaking
* How disciplemaking and evangelism are connected
When?
* Thursday, July 27, 2017, 9 AM to 12 Noon
Where?
* The Christian Center, 4100 Brandywine Dr, Peoria, IL

Session #3 
Who Make MORE Disciples... 
We'll explore...
* Multiplying disciplemakers step #1
* How to lead up without sucking up
* How to lead when you feel like quitting
When?
* Thursday, August 24, 2017, 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 should use what your learn with the volunteers who serve in ministry with you as soon as possible. You'll leave with clear next steps for immediate application.

Who?
This training is for anyone who serves in 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 these training experiences. 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.

Tuition?
There is a one-time tuition of $30 per person (includes training materials) whether you participate in one, two, or all three of these summer equipping experiences.

Training Materials?

Each person will get the updated edition of the Disciplemaker's Guide to Grow, Minister, and Lead book—a ten chapter disciplemaking manual for anyone who works with volunteers in a ministry setting. 


Registration?
To save your spot in one of more of these training experiences, please contact Bill and let him know what dates you'll be attending and who you're bringing with you.

Spread the Word?
For a link to share on social media or with a friend via email or a test, copy this and paste away:   For a PFD download of this information you can share with others (great for bulletin stuffers), go here.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Father's Day: Which is better Google or Dad?


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Books, videos, curriculum, and the Internet are all fine and dandy.

But when it comes to learning and disciplemaking, the best way is always with a real person—preferably in an informal way.

Sounds like slow, hard work, doesn't it?

If you've found a "more efficient way" to make disciplemakers than Jesus' disciplemaking friendships approach—please don't take this personally, but I'm sticking with Jesus.

Beware of trading the hard work of disciplemaking friendships for short term efficiency.

While I like efficiency as much as anyone else living in the 21st Century, I'm more than a little suspicious of it.

Many times shortcuts aren't very short.

No, I think I'll stick with Jesus' crockpot approach over our current culture's microwave approach.

It's not very efficient, but, wow, it has a 2,000 year record of transforming people... and the world.

Happy Father's Day to every father—but especially to all fathers who aspire to be disciplemaking dads.


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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Summer 2017 God Adventures with Your Cadre Disciplemaking Missionaries...

Thank you for taking a moment to read and bask in the goodness of God—for his "name and renown are the desire of our hearts" (Isaiah 26:8). Click any image below to enlarge for viewing and reading. Or click here.
We need your help. Details here.

We need your prayers. Details here.

“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

To partner with the Cadre and the Allisons right now safely online,
go here.

We thank God for you!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bible 101 Videos

If I didn't find these videos to be insightful and beneficial, I wouldn't be sharing them. Each of these are worth the few minutes it takes to watch them.


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Allison #5 Graduates from High School...

My favorite 4th daughter, Libby, is graduating from high school.

I love her. I'm proud of her. I thank God for her. 

And now I'm gonna sing Butterfly Kisses and cry.

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Finally, if you're celebrating a graduate, you might want to share this:
What a formal education CAN'T do for you.

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