Sunday, August 28, 2016

Because it's funny AND true...



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Sunday, August 21, 2016

How You Can Become a Trainer with Cadre

We often get asked questions like, "How can I become a trainer of Cadre training experiences?"

Nothing excites us more! This gets to the very heart and soul of what we, as disciplemaking missionaries with Cadre Ministries, are all about.

So let's explore how YOU can become a trainer/multiplier with Cadre...

Step 1 Experience It
You cannot pass on that which you do not own. In order to own and internalize the Christo-centric disciplemaking values of a Cadre training experience, you must first experience it—not by yourself—but together with some friends and/or family.

Step 2 Live It
Begin to immediately live what you learned from #1 in your everyday life with a few others others. This is where the Cadre training manuals and living guides come in so handy!

Step 3 Spread It
Now that you're aspiring to live out what you've experienced in #1 and #2 with a few others—help them share it with others. Have them start with their spouse, children, friends, pastor(s), neighbors, ministry leaders, volunteers, students, elders, etc. (Hint: Use the training manual and the living guide you received at the training in Step #1 to help them share what they're learning and living with others!)

So, what's your next step?
1. Experience It.
Bring Cadre to your church/ministry OR see if Cadre training is happening near youNote: We have no trainers who haven't first experienced our training as learners.

2. Live It.
Take a slow, steady walk through Cadre's living guides with a few othersNote: If you participate in a Cadre training experience, but after the training you don't take a slow walk through the accompanying living guide with a few friends/family, then you've missed the point.

3. Spread It
Help your friends and family share with their friends and familyNote: Your disciplemaking role here is to help the friends/family in your relational sphere of influence live out steps #1-#3 with others in their relational sphere of influence.

If you aspire to a disciplemaking way of life as described above AND you want to be encouraged and equipped to help others—so they can help others, please contact Cadre so we can figure out how best to walk alongside you as a disciplemaking friend. We don't care if you're a paid ministry leader or a volunteer ministry leader. If you aspire to live and share this way of life, contact us.
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

On my continued love affair with the great people of Wisconsin...


If video doesn't appear, go here.


Information about how you can bring your group here.

Because this is happening January 6-8, 2017—AND—it's in Green Bay, WI, I expect this to be true.

I thank God that He's given me a long and fun history of love and friendship with youth leaders in WI.

All that said, would you please pray RIGHT NOW for God to use this conference to bring students to himself in a powerful, personal, and life-changing way?

[That's right. I didn't even mention anything about the Green Bay Packers in this post. That's probably because the Packers have humiliated Da Bears for a while now. And let's face: I'm really in love with the great people of Wisconsin.]



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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Jesus and Pokemon

Click image to enlarge for viewing and reading...
Okay. Everybody take a deep breath. 

I'm just have some fun here.

I'm trying to make you smile—even just a little.

But I also hope to give you pause. 




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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Good Ideas or God Convictions?

"All the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking and listening to the latest ideas."
—Acts 17:21

When we read books, we get ideas.

But...

When we wrestle the Bible together, we get convictions.

I like books and ideas. I really do.

But here's something I love more:  Deeply rooted biblical convictions.

Why?

People with ideas are fascinating conversationalists (like the Athenians), but people with convictions change the world—regardless of their education, social media platform, or oratory skills.

Think about it.

Jesus' disciplemaking movement has never been built on ideas alone.

Jesus' disciplemaking movement is built on regular people who get totally captured by Jesus—and then share His disciplemaking way of life with others. It's a 1 John 2:6 conviction: "Those who claim to live in God should live their lives as Jesus did."

There's always another new book of cool ideas coming down the pike. And I find some of these interesting—but not compelling; informative—but lacking in their ability to transform.

And make no mistake about it: The need of the hour is not for just information—but for transformation.

I contend that well never get there unless we start doing the hard work of wrestling the Bible—not just books—together.

It's the people of God wrestling the Word of God empowered by of the Spirit of God.

We call it, disciplemaking friendships.

Like this.


Related Posts...
* More on convictions.
* Regular people change the world.
* Jesus' disciplemaking movement.
* Good idea or way of life?
* Secrets of a disciplemaking movement.
* A clear WHAT and HOW.
* Our love affair with books.
* Simple. Profound. But Not Obvious.
* The need for deeper friendships.


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

If you learn to laugh at yourself...


If you learn to laugh at yourself, you'll never cease to be amused.


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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Multiplying Next Generation Disciplemakers...

Your Cadre missionaries had a God-favored time of disciplemaking friendships and training with students and youth leaders from around the country (and some folks from other countries) at Challenge 2016. (Note: Click any image in this post to enlarge for viewing!)

Challenge Conference is the national student ministries conference for the Evangelical Free Church of America and was held in Louisville, KY. The only thing worth my short life is investing in the next generation and those who are investing in the next generation.

This year, the Cadre training team (me, Dave Garda, Rennie Garda, Seth Fagerland, and Nate Stenholtz) did 13 different disciplemaking training experience around the theme: Friends That Matter.  

Everyday of the conference we trained students and youth leaders at 1 PM and 3 PM for about 90 minutes each time. Of course, we didn't lecture for 90 minutes! That would be boring.

At least half our time in each session was devoted to helping students and youth leaders interact with God via the Bible. We call it havering.

Youth leaders and students exploring together what it means to live sent as disciplemaking friends.

We stopped our training often for times of prayer, hearing from God, and praying for each other. Hey, that's how disciplemaking friends roll.

And, everyday, in our training rooms, Ivy made new friends from around the country. I think they enjoyed her as much as she enjoyed them.

In addition to the Disciplemaking Friendship training series we did, I was also asked to do an equipping lab titled, Secrets for Sexual Purity.

In between sessions, we had so much fun meeting new friends and reconnecting with old friends! Did I mention disciplemaking friendships yet?

Mornings before the conference were used for coffee and time with various youth leaders from around the country. Above: With some of our favorite disciplemaking friends from CO and IA. With these guys on this morning, we explored my favorite disciplemaking training experience for middle school and jr. high students—and how they can take it back to their ministries.

We think disciplemaking friendships are the way disciplemakers are made. Let me explain.

"Bill, Thank you for a great equipping lab at Challenge! Great training!"
a student from TX

"I was so inspired and moved by your family and your message at Challenge that I needed to write to you while it was fresh on my heart. My name is Jasmine and I was with a group of girls from Nebraska that sat and ate before the 1:00pm session on the last day. God has placed a passion in my heart to share this message. It's such an important message and I feel like it is overlooked in my community. I love your approach and want to learn more! Thank you so much for your time and Happy Anniversary to you and your wife! It was so nice meeting you both, and Ivy as well."
Youth leader from NE

These aren't the leaders of tomorrow. They're the leaders of today. Our desire is to encourage and equip the next generations to live and lead like Jesus—the best "leader" in the history of the world.

Thanks for your prayers and support. You make Cadre possible and powerful. To God be the glory!



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

How deep are your friendships?

For all this talk about "community" and "doing life together," if we're really honest, many of us would have to admit that we don't have the intimate friendships we long for deep in our hearts. 

You might be thinking, "I've got lots of friends at church."

But let's keep it real: Church is often the place we go to be alone, together.

Even if you do have a large number of friends, how many of them would you really bare your naked soul to? 

I dare you to make a short list in your mind right now.

See what I'm saying? 

For the most part, we're just like this picture above: "I'm fine."

But are we really fine?

And more importantly: What can we do about this?





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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Life together AFTER church...

Here's some Cadre help for living a love-God-love-people-make-dsciplemakers way of life together after church...

How to Use These Living Guides
Using any of these living guides is as simple as this...
* Open the living guide.
* Open your Bibles and read the Scriptures and their contexts. 
* Wrestle the Scriptures and the questions one by one with a heart to know and love God.
* Pray the Disciplemaker's Prayer together (it's in the living guide).
You're probably doing it right when your study together leads to more questions and deeper conversations about applying what you're learning together.

8 Ways to Use These Living Guides
1. Sunday School:
Use the any of these living guides for the first 10-15 minutes of each class for discussion and prayer together for 25 Sundays. Or take your time walking slowly through the living guide the entire Sunday school class. If you read the context of each of the passages listed and give plenty of time for discussion, interaction, and prayer, it will easily fill your Sunday school hour. We've seen both of these approaches work great in a Sunday school setting. Get each member of your Sunday school class his/her own living guide and you'll still have the most inexpensive Sunday school ever.

2. Small Groups: 
These living guides are great for small groups to live out a disciplemaking way of life together. By wrestling Scripture together, you and your friends have an opportunity to own disciplemaking like Jesus at the conviction level rather than just at the idea level. (And, oh, there is a major difference between those two!) This wrestling Scripture together in community (a.k.a., havering) is a critically important step in transforming friendships into disciplemaking friendships.

3. With Volunteers and Students
Use the any of these living guides to help your adult volunteer leaders and student volunteer leaders grasp and own the value of disciplemaking friendships as the conduit for gospel ministry.

4. Retreats: 
These living guides are great for summer camp or fall or winter retreat experience. Cadre offers a four-session training experience that goes with each one of these living guides—and they work great in a retreat setting. Each person would get a living guide.

5. Family Discussions: 
It can be as a simple and spontaneous as a 5-10 minute discussion via the questions in the living guide after dinner one night a week. If you have a long drive together, use the car time to wrestle a study or two together. Consider doing a family night using this living guide to explore what it looks like to live a disciplemaking way of life together. Then invite other families to share this living guide experience.

6. Starting Meetings:
Instead of just starting meetings in prayer, take 15 minutes to have people get into pairs and work through one of the 25 studies/adventures. This will drip essential disciplemaking values into your elder, staff, and team meetings throughout the year.

7. Mission Trips:
Make any one of these living guides the team devotional for your next missions trip. Since you're all on a missions trip, why not use it together each day?

8. Can YOU think of another way to use these living guides in your life and ministry? We bet you can!

To get yours now, go here.

Each living guide is also sold separately with bulk pricing...
* The One Another Living Guide
* The Disciplemaker's Living Guide
* The John 3:16 Factor Living God 



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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Thank you God for...

Thank you God for summer, snow cones, and funny kids with blue tongues.

Pardon me while I gush about being a dad... again and again and again and again.

What do YOU thank God for?


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Missing the point of reading, studying, and singing

"You have received unmerited love and grace. Share it—or quit reading, studying, and singing about it." 
—Pastor Glenn Kaiser (pictured above)


Sometimes we get so caught up in the activities of reading, studying, singing, etc., we end up missing the point.


But that's precisely the point: Don't miss the point.

I dare you to think about your life for a moment: 
Are YOU missing the point? 

I challenge you to assess yourself by checking out this, this, and this.

Meanwhile, I'll be busy taking my own challenge.



Added Bonus: 
Glenn Kaiser making the same point above—only this time via the blues! Take a listen. Lyrics included below. (Get Glenn's music here and here.)

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

She came into your life
One look stole your heart
Your friends can see it in your face
Even in the dark
You laid awake at night
Dreamin' of the day
When she would wear your ring
And that evidence would say

You know I love you
I'm so glad, show and tell
Cause when your love is so strong
You just can't keep it to yourself

They hung me on the wood
My blood ran just like rain
I spoke on your behalf
And I'm comin' down again

You know I love you
They know in heaven and in hell
You say you love me
Why do you keep it to yourself?

People in the street,
They need to see and hear
Got noses full of cocaine
And bellies full o' beer
Credit cards and pretty yards
And kids that never knew
Who I am, and what I've done
And what I'll do for you

You say you love me
Ahh, you got my book up on the shelf
You say you love me
Ohh, if you love me
Why do you keep it to yourself?
Ohh, if you love me
Ahh, you gotta show and tell
Cause when your love is so strong
You just can't...
When your love is so strong
You just can't keep it to yourself


And this BONUS is only for those who diligently read this far... something to put a smile on your face AND sum up everything this post is about... enjoy...


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

7 Compelling Reasons Dads Really Matter...

and every reason has something to do with disciplemaking.

Be encouraged dad!

You really do matter. Here's 7 compelling reasons WHY...
1. You're the family comedian
2. You're a Disciplemaking Dad
3. You do what all dads do: Embarrass your kids
4. You have more influence than you realize
5. You're never a "babysitter" when you're with YOUR kids 
6. You're a "loser filter" for guys interested in your daughter
7. You're an incredible encourager

Do you know a dad who would be encouraged by this post?

What are you waiting for?

Send this link to him now—http://bit.ly/24Ks09x—and tell him THANKS!

Happy Father's Day to crazy dads with crazy kids everywhere.


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