Thursday, November 24, 2011

What should a good Disciplemaking Learning Community do?

A young man I discipled since he was a teenager was asked in his college years to spend a summer leading the youth ministry at his church. At the end of that summer, I asked him, “So what did God do in your life this summer?”

He said, “He made it clear to me that I’m not cut out for youth ministry.”

I said, “Fair enough. When did you realize it?”

He said, “Well, I loved being with students, but the church seemed to feel like I wasn’t doing my job if I wasn’t in the office 40 hours a week. I thought youth ministry would be ministry to youth—getting time building relationships with students... not primarily office work.”

That is a sad and true story. The church invited him to be the youth pastor for the summer, but they didn’t really understand what a good youth pastor should do.

That raises the question: What should a good Disciplemaking Learning Community (DLC) do?

I hope you know by now that the answer to that question is found in the disciplemaking genius of Jesus.

Also in this edition of Cadre Connection...  
* Disciplemaking Is Relationships Training
The Disciplemaker’s Guide: Ten Disciplemaking Learning Communities
Encourage a Cadre Missionary
Rebecca Black Eat Your Heart Out—Bill Sings His First Big Hit

Monday, November 21, 2011

My first hit song…

Crank up the volume baby!  That's right… it's 1 minute and 10 seconds of heaven… that is… me singing my first hit song.  Yes… that's me crooning… I'm actually singing this.  Who knew… right?  Keep your ears open when you're in the car… you will probably be hearing this little ditty on those cool radio stations the kids listen to these days. Lady Gaga eat your heart out.

I know. You'd like this little ditty for your iPod... wouldn't you? From my heart to yours, here you go. Hey, who loves you? I do.

Can you guess the name of the song?

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Now THAT'S Da Sciplemaking...

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Train up a child in the way she should go and when she is old, she will not depart from it. I'm guessing Ivy's first words will be, "Da Bears." That's Da Sciplemaking.

Training some high school and college students to Love God, Love People, and Make Disciplemakers at Timber-Lee Camp in East Troy earlier this month.

Aubrey, a senior in high school this year, was inducted into the National Honor Society.  When I was in high school, I never got an invitation to be a part of the NHS. That's the benefit of having a wife who was valedictorian. (I've always said it took a smart woman to recognize what a gem I was.) Chalk this picture up to my wife's disciplemaking :  )

Earlier this month, we loaded 11 guys from the Peoria area into our slowly dying 15 passenger van to spend the day with those in the Chicago Area Disciplemaking Learning Community that meets at Dave and Rennie Garda's home. 

This is how we spent the day together at the Chicago Area Disciplemaking Learning Community. (Interested in brining this training agenda to your ministry? Click below and let me know by leaving a comment.)

Training volunteer teachers and small group leaders in The Teaching Genius of Jesus earlier this month at St. Paul Baptist Church in Peoria, IL.

We have another aspiring driver in the house. That's right. I'll have more gray hair, lose sleep, and get older faster as Josey works her way through the 50 required hours she needs before she gets her license. Pray for me.

Earlier this month: Training volunteer youth leaders at Central Church of Christ in Streator, IL, to Love God, Love People, and Make Disciplemakers.

A special dad/daughter date to a play. I am the most blessed man on earth! Fathering IS disciplemaking.

Earlier this month: Speaking to students in Kimberly, WI, at The Power of One Festival.  Can you guess what my message was about? It might have been something about Loving God, Loving People, and Making Disciples.  Might.  :  )

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Monday, November 07, 2011

The Training Genius of Jesus (Free Training Tool)

As a certified teacher for the state of Illinois, I sat through hours upon hours of college classroom lectures in a university that had the reputation for being one of the best teacher training colleges in the United States. Ironically, I was often lectured to by people who had not taught in a public school classroom in years—and in some cases my professors had never taught in a public school classroom.

I was being trained to “swim” by dry people.

While I valued the classroom instruction of my professors, I knew deep in my heart that it could be quite possible to pass all the classroom tests, become a certified teacher, and yet still not really be able to teach effectively in a real school situation. (Getting certified by the state doesn’t really mean one can actually teach. It could simply mean you are an OK test taker.)

To become a REAL teacher, I needed some wet swimming instructors to come alongside of me and show me how to "swim" in a real “school” (extended metaphorical pun intended).

By far the most authentic training and equipping I received during my under graduate experience happened that one semester I student taught in a real school under the skillful guidance of veteran teachers. Why? One reason was because these veteran teachers used all of my foibles as teachable moments. When they saw me falling—which was often—they caught me and redirected me. I fell—but they made sure the falls were not fatal. And because I felt the need to learn (a natural byproduct when you know you are failing)—I listened to my trainers and immediately applied what they said. Indeed, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. (Before I did student teaching, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about teaching because I sat in all those college classes about teaching. Back then I had twenty-five keys to success in teaching. After about a week into my student teaching adventure, I had about one hundred and twenty-five challenging students—and NO keys to teaching success.) Furthermore, when my veteran cooperating teachers observed something good—they affirmed me and then showed me how to do it even better.

The instruction and teaching I got in the college classroom to be a teacher was, for the most part, good and foundational. But nothing beat the on-the-job training I got from actually teaching under the wise supervision of skillful veteran trainers who loved, invested, and did everything they could to make me wildly successful as a teacher.

What does all of this have to do with disciplemaking like Jesus?

If you truly want to train people to swim as disciples of Jesus, you must dare to do exactly what Jesus did. You must dare to wade into the waters of disciplemaking—rather than simply talking about it from behind the safety of the lectern on the side of the pool.

If you really want to train people to swim, you must get into the water with them.

Need a first step into the waters of Jesus-like disciplemaking?  Get 3-4 of your closest friends together and slowly wrestle through this FREE training tool titled, The Training Genius of Jesus

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Surviving family pictures… just keeping it real

You've heard of "truth in advertising"?  Well this picture represents "truth in family pictures."

If you've ever assembled your family for a picture, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Of course, this family picture is from early 2011 and is now obsolete—thanks to baby Ivy. (It's a funny story.) But I really like it because it's a pretty good representation of how most of us feel about the whole deal.

My prayer on family picture day goes something like this: "Dear God, one thing I ask of thee today: Please help us all to survive family pictures with our relationship with you and each other in tact." Frankly, sometimes it doesn't happen.

But I must confess, I sure am glad to have captured our family at its various stages over the years.  

Of course, I look exactly the same in all those pictures.