Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Disciplemaking + Ice Cream = Adventure

                                                                                                    All of Jesus' followers are called to make disciples. Some of us eat a lot of ice cream while we do it.
Picture Below: What's more fun than lots of snow, a rocking band, 400 plus junior high students and their youth leaders, and the best camp ever? Nothing. Why? Because it's an adventure! It was my honor to be the camp speaker in January for a Winter Extreme Weekend. A bunch of students indicated that they trusted Christ as Savior… a bunch more reconnected with God. Very… very cool.  (Click any image below to enlarge for better viewing.)

Also in January: I spoke to youth pastors and their wives at a retreat especially for them and their marriages in Wisconsin. Of course, my text for the retreat was the Song of Solomon :  ) It was an SOS adventure.

When I wasn't speaking, Stacy and I got lots of time connecting with other couples… encouraging them… it's what we love to do.

Also in January, we traveled to Iowa where we did training Friday-Sunday on the theme of loving God, loving people, and making disciplemakers. It's always a joy to partner with New Life Christian Church.

While we were in Iowa, we may have visited Whitey's Ice Cream (the best ice cream ever) once… or twice. Not saying we did.  Just saying we MAY have.

In February, we invited everyone who has ever been a part of The Peoria Area Leadership Community (and their spouses) to a special day of encouragement and equipping with Cadre missionaries, Dave and Rennie Garda. We explored parenting as disciplemaking. It was a parenting adventure.

Also in February, we helped Crosspoint Community Church in Eureka, IL, launch Disciplemaking Is Relationships training via a four-part training workshop, weekly small groups, and an 8-week sermon series. How much fun is this?  Best. Adventure. Ever.

Then it was off to Denver, CO, to train Youth for Christ staff from all over the USA at the Midwinter Conference. Denver in February? Yes… it's called an "adventure" for a reason.

While in Denver, I may have worked in a little trip for ice cream and brownies with a friend or two. (Do you see the food theme of this post?)

Also in February, I spoke at New Hope Church in Villa Park, IL. One of my favorite pastors, Mike Klamecki, is a HUGE Elvis fan. Yes… that's an Elvis TV Tray. I know. You're jealous.

Here are some of the guys who are in the newest version of The Peoria Area Leadership Community. The older weaker guys are not pictured because they are too old to engage in the rigors of dodge ball. These are the old guys… who THINK they are still young.

Also in February: From all over the USA, youth leaders gathered in Minneapolis, MN, for two days to explore a Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life… together… as discussed in Disciplemaking Is Relationships.  Some of our favorite people are in this picture below!

Is it really an adventure if you don't take some time to chill with old people?  I think not. While in MN, I worked in an early morning coffee time (old people get up really early anyway) with my impromptu GDLC… "Geriatric Disciplemaking Learning Community."  Nice old guys they are.

Okay… true confessions: I might have stopped at Ben and Jerry's ice cream at the MSP Airport on the way home from MN.  Might.  I'll let you decide if I did or not.  Did I mention Chunky Monkey or Coffee Buzz Buzz? Now THIS is an adventure… a YUMMY adventure. 

Also in February: Two of my favorite people from 1st Presbyterian Church in Princeville, IL, precisely because they have a great sense of humor :  ) It's all a part of our Ministry Is Relationships training. (Heart head boppers included.)

February wasn't all ministry stuff… it was also the start of Aubrey's indoor track season. Aubrey rocked it… and even Ivy stands in awe of her. :  )

Finally, in February, we had a blast at the Equip Conference in Peoria, IL, for two days. We always try to make it a family adventure.
Here's a fact: We couldn't take any of part of this Jesus-like disciplemaking adventure without people like you who love us, pray for us, and give to Cadre. You make our ministry powerful and possible. For more information about how you can partner with God, the Allisons, and Cadre Ministries, go here. To make a secure online tax-deductible donation, go here.  Cadre Ministries is a recognized 501(c)3 ministry.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Monday Funday: Senior Citizen Texting Codes

Sent to me by Jason Schifo.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Some of the saddest words I've ever heard from a church leader

"There are no volunteers serving in ministry with me."

Perhaps it's time you read and wrestled this book: Recruiting, Motivating, and Retaining Volunteers in the Church.

This Friday 2/24/12 you can take in a 1-hour training lab that's based on the first chapter of this book, titled: Turning Pew Potatoes Into Passionate Participators.  Details here.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Monday Funday: Video—What good fathering looks like...

It may have something to do with the fact that I have six daughters, but I REALLY like the father in this commercial.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Discipleship or Disciplemaking?

Which one of below is discipleship and which one is disciplemaking? Why?
What are the differences between discipleship and disciplemaking?

Why does it matter?

Consider why your life is too short to do discipleship.

Quotes from the article:
"Perhaps the mark of a growing church or ministry isn't how many people are coming into it, but rather how many disciplemakers are being sent out from it."
"We call this multiplication of Jesus-like disciplemakers and Disciplemaking Learning Communities "D3 Disciplemaking." D1 inflow happens when, together with others, we intentionally set about living a life of loving God and loving people. D2 is the overflow from a D1 lifestyle that enables us to help others begin or deepen their adventures of loving God and loving people. With the consistent inflow of D1 and overflow of D2, together we enjoy D3—where it's our privilege to help others help others to love God and love people. D3 = three generations of disciplemaking. If you can't count at least three generations, you're probably doing discipleship, not Jesus-like disciplemaking. There is a world of difference between discipleship and disciplemaking. Think about it. "
To read the full article, go here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Wife the Comedian

I'm driving home. My cell phone rings. I look to see who is calling. It's my wife, Stacy.

I answer the phone in a low, slow, sexy voice, "Sexy Stud Hotline—can I help you?"

Without missing a beat, my wife says, "I'm sorry—I must have the wrong number. I was trying to reach my husband."

She's sassy, funny, AND gorgeous.

I think I'll keep her for another 30 years.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Leadership: There Is a Better Way

Before you fall in love with the latest leadership jargon and jump on the buzzword bandwagon, consider the fact that words alone will never make you a leader.

They make you a talker.

However, there is a better way… if you're daring enough.

You can lead with your life… not just your lips.

"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power."
—I Corinthians 4:20

Monday, February 06, 2012

Monday Funday: Baby's First Lightsaber

We're raising a Jedi Master who will bring balance to the force. Either that or she'll really knock the balance off so bad it will be end of the world as we know it. Stay tuned.  We'll let you know.