Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What God Did at Timber-Lee's Winter Extreme!

What do you call about 400 ENERGETIC junior high students, all their adult youth leaders, an outstanding facility/camp staff, the best camp food ever, a great worship band, and an encounter with God Himself? That would be Timber-Lee's Winter Exreme Weekend! Here's a short video from our time at Timber-Lee last weekend to give you a feel of a Winter Extreme Weekend:

Timber-lee's winterXtreme January 22nd-24th 2010

Stacy, Libby, and Sadey had a blast going down the tubing hill. Walking back up with the tubes? Not so much fun.

We even let Josey and Aubrey come with us... without charging them anything. They sort-of behaved. Hey, they're 15 and 13. What can one expect? : )

Our worship band was Sevenglory and they were amazing people and musicians!

I had the honor of bringing God's Word four times over the weekend. Our theme was "Fearless!" On Saturday night about 75 students indicated they trusted Jesus Christ as Savior... each one lead to Christ by one of the adult youth workers who brought them to the camp. One student hugged me with tears in his eyes and said, "I received Jesus Christ as my Savior tonight!" Right behind him was the volunteer youth leader—who also gave me a hug and—with tears in his eyes—said, "This is the first time I've ever helped lead someone to Christ!" He was just as fired up as the student! They are going through the book of John together one chapter a day for the next 21 days.

It's all God's doing. Make no mistake about that. But it sure is a blast partnering together for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Time with disciplemakers...

The Training: Disciplemaking Is Relationships

The Trainers: Dave and Rennie Garda of Cadre Ministries

The Learning Community of Disciplemakers:

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Look at what God is doing!

I asked you to pray for our ministry to 3,200 students at the Forest Lakes Districts Youth Conference in Green Bay, WI, last weekend... and—in direct response to your prayers—God was present, powerful, and life-changing! The following are direct quotes from students who were at the conference (originally left by the students on my Facebook page). As read what the students have written, I hope you'll celebrate God's doings and say a simple, "Thank you, God!" To God and God alone be the glory!

bill when i was at district it changed the way i think of life now and sat. i accepted jesus christ as my savior and that changed me.

Thank you so much for speaking at Districts! It was my first time going, and God changed my life on the second night. I'd been drifting away, and realized that my life needed to be re-centered on Jesus. :) I already told my parents about the reading through John, and they're eager to start on it altogether as a family!

I've been to Districts 5 years now, and this is by far one of the best ones I've been to. Last night I could feel God moving, and one of my friends commented that it was the FIRST districts that everyone in our youth group was totally SPLAYED out for God in worship. Your messages were some of the best presented for youth that I've ever experienced--totally relevant and real. I am so glad that I came this year. Thank you for being real for us! C323!

im so thankful because my friend asked jesus christ into his heart

In my 8 years of Districts, I've never seen students respond quite like that. I know my heart was moved and challenged by your testimony. Thanks for allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you. 2 of the guys in my small group made the decision to trust Christ...I've been praying for them for years. Glory and praise to God!

A video clip from Districts: Teaching students to memorize God's Word... AND have fun at the same time!

last year i came to districts, and i was impacted. but this year it was amazing, my mom was sitting next to me and she was in tears. one of my sister's friends accepted Christ, and. Thank you for being the speaker.

Your testimony was so touching and it just hit something with me. I realized that I have come so far just since July and there is so much more ahead! I also realized for the first time that with Jesus Christ and my Savior I am NEVER alone. This weekend transformed me so much and i hope I can help to bring my mom and my sister to Christ! Thank you so much for helping me to live A Jesus centered C323 life! God Bless!!

i was not really involved in the church thing and even when i was there i was just going through the motions and really wasnt expecting to have one of those moments in life where it just changes your outlook. The first night i was sick to see everyone raising the hands when the band played but then the band started talking so i just let everything go. 2nd day i heard dango speak and the comedian along with your speech, and at the end of the rally i was completely in tears from your story and also the fact that my whole youth group was cheering me on for accepting christ into my life. Thank you

I challenged students to read one chapter of the book of John each day for 21 days... to begin to develop the essential habit of reading God's Word each day. One student started a 21 Day Challenge Facebook Bible study group so that students from all over WI could do the study together.

God really spoke through you to me. I know Jesus Christ but I haven't been living a centered life. God through you got me back on center and I have resolved to live a C323 life. God bless you man!!!

thank you so much for comin to disticts to talk to us...you were a lot of fun to listen too!! one of my friends acepted jesus as her savior!! :) thank you for giving her the oppertunity to do that!!

Bill, you have helped me renew myself, wipe my slate clean, and start again. Thank you.

You helped me accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I can't express how thankful I am.
And what would a conference be without the Allison family leading 3,200 students in "The Frog Song"?

And here's a FREE bonus video (for reading all the way to this point) where I share my favorite poem titled: I'm Not a Morning Person.

Finally, here's the testimony video from the weekend...

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's better to build boys than to mend men

For a very engaging interview with 86-year-old Truett Cathy, CEO of Chick-Fil-A, about training and mentoring boys, GO HERE.

For a peek at the contents of the book, GO HERE.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Will YOU please pray for us this weekend?

This weekend I'm speaking to over 3,000 students in Green Bay, WI, and would love it like crazy if you would say a quick prayer for us—see 1 Thessalonians 5:25.

It would be CRAZY cool if you'd take a minute and write out your prayer for us as a comment to this post.

Here's a short video about what's up this weekend in Green Bay:

Thanks for praying for us... and leaving a written prayer in the comment section!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

YOU are invited to experience Cadre training!

We'd love for you to join us for a taste of Cadre training. For a list of where and when Cadre training is happening, GO HERE. Hope to see you there!