Monday, May 28, 2012

Beware the Me Monster...

Two fun, biblical, and interactive resources to help you, your family, and your friends avoid the Me Monster here and here.

You, Me, and Coffee Monday... 
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Disciplemaker's Journal now on iBooks

Breaking news: The electronic version of The Disciplemaker's Journal is now available to download from iBooks.

This electronic version includes a disciplemaking glossary with in-depth explanations, videos, and other fun goodies we couldn't include in the regular hard copy journal.

Check out this video that highlights some of the fun digital features...

It's not just an iBook… it's a training experience looking for a place to happen.

Get it now here.

Now get those iPads out and haver at it! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Funday: Why I'm going to live forever...

Would you like to live longer?

If yes, then you need to start drinking coffee.

And if you already drink a cup of coffee each day, then you need to drink more coffee if you want to live longer.

This breaking news is from the latest research which tracked the health and coffee drinking habits of over 400,000 older adults over a 14-year period.
The study found:
  • Java drinkers were less likely to die than their non-coffee drinking counterparts. 
  • Men and women who had at least five cups of coffee a day had the lowest risk of death.
  • The original thought that coffee had ill effects on one's health stemed from research that did not factor in that many coffee drinkers also smoke—this study separated the nonsmoking coffee drinkers from the coffee drinkers who smoke.
  • Coffee's health-giving effects were in play regardless of whether it was regular or decaf.
All I have to say is… Cup O' Joe with Bill indeed!

So I invite you to long life by joining me in drinking a lot of the best coffee known to mankind: Eysals Coffee.

I propose a toast.  (Are you holding up your coffee cup?) Here's to great coffee and long life!

While you finish your Cup O' Joe, check out the full article from the LA Times here.

And if you want to live forever in the next life where I'm going, check this out.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Life God Has Always Wanted You to Have—Pt 1

Why settle for the life you’ve always wanted when you can have the life God has always wanted you to have?
If you’ve been tracking with Cadre Connection, you know I’ve been trying like crazy for a number of months now to paint a clear picture of The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus. (If you haven’t read The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus series or listened to this audio, then I encourage you to do so—preferably with a friend or two). In short, I believe the disciplemaking genius of Jesus was his disciplemaking learning community—his DLC.  It was in Jesus’ DLC that his followers learned--not just the teachings of Jesus—but also his way of life. Jesus’ followers then lived and replicated Jesus’ disciplemaking way of life.

And the world has never been the same since.

Make no mistake about it. If you claim to be a follower of Jesus, the life that God has always wanted you to have is a Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life.
But where should you begin?

To continue reading… and to explore The 21 Day Challenge, go here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Youth Ministry 911 or 101? A training lab experience

Here's special invitation for those who lead youth ministries and for volunteers who serve in youth ministry.
On Tuesday, May 22nd, at 10:30 AM at Eysals Coffee, I'm gathering with a few youth leaders to do a two hour training lab called, Youth Ministry 911 or 101?

This is a great training lab for you to take back to the volunteers who serve with you in ministry... especially volunteer small group leaders. Let's face it. Youth ministry gets relationally messy fast. This training lab will give you some nuts and bolts to help you train the volunteers in your ministry to deal with both 911 situations and 101 situations in a healthy and productive manner.

The ONLY requirement to participate in this training lab experience on May 22nd is that you must purchase this resource online BEFORE you arrive at the training. This and this alone secures your spot... and is your only cost for the day... except for the beverage that you'll purchase at Eysals.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Funday: On texting and driving...

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Ministry Is Relationships Training Experience

Unleash God’s Power in Your Relationships!

Love God.  Love people. Make disciplemakers. Indeed, life and ministry are all about relationships!  Developed by Cadre Ministries, this workshop takes you back to the heart of authentic ministry and life change— RELATIONSHIPS! More of a highly interactive learning experience than a passive workshop, you will encounter these sessions and learnings:

Session 1 No Relationships = No Ministry; 
                    Know Relationships = Know Ministry
An out-of-the-box learning experience will get us started and explain why relationships are the heart of ministry—and God’s mode of operation for impacting and changing the lives of those in our ministry!

Session 2 God-Powered Relationship Skills
Learn the biblical motivation for building relationships.  Learn the three key relationship skills for connecting with the heart of others.

Session 3 He That Hath Ears—Let Him Hear!
A listening experience you will never forget—and be able to use in your life and ministry to build relationships.

Session 4 CLEAN UP Messy Relationships
Learn to use God's relationship cleaning supplies.

In addition, each participant receives a training manual complete with practical application pages, follow-through ideas, an agenda for a large group action plan meeting, AND a twenty-five day One Another Living Guide for individual and small group study on the “one another” verses!

Who should come?
* Anyone junior high through senior citizen.

To explore bringing this training experience to your ministry, go here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The Biblical Definition of Leadership

"If you hold a leadership position but are not equipping the saints for the work of service, then you are not a leader. You may hold the position; you may have the title; you may be called a leader; but you're not a leader as the Bible defines it, because leadership means equipping."
—Don Cousins

Here's our FREE interactive ebook you can use with others to explore an Ephesians 4:11-12 approach to leadership!

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Monday, May 07, 2012

Monday Funday: That awkward moment when you know your parenting isn't working...

Overheard at my house…

Daughter #4 knocks over dominoes being set up by daughter #5.

Argument ensues.

Daughter #3 gets involved defending daughter #5 and says to daughter #4: "What made you do that?"

Daughter #4 sarcastically responds, "The devil."

Daughter #3 sarcastically responds back to Daughter #4, "Did knocking those dominoes over make you feel really good and big and strong?"

Daughter #4 with out cracking a smile responds: "Yes."  (Then she paused for effect.) "Yes it did."

All that to say...


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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Programming 4 Discipleship

Please pass this on to every youth leader you know—volunteer and paid—who works with students in a ministry setting.
Programing 4 Discipleship is a four-part downloadable audio training. Each training session includes a downloadable ten-page training manual. All four sessions are aimed squarely at helping volunteer youth workers program their youth ministries for discipleship.

Did I mention that it's all FREE?

Your guide on this audio/PDF training journey will be me, Bill Allison, a.k.a. Volunteer Coach Man. It's going to be a fun, fast-moving, and sometimes out-of-control training adventure... so buckle your seat belts!

Along the way, you'll have lots of opportunities to stop the audio and work through the application pages in the downloadable PDF training manual. Warning: Don't just listen to the audio. Your learning will be exponentially higher if you download and print the training manual and then work through the training manual as you listen to the audio. Stop the audio to actually work through the application pages. For best results, use as described above with a small group of other volunteer youth workers and student leaders and take the journey together... and be sure to order some pizza.

Are you ready to start downloading? Here you go... from our hearts to yours... from your biggest fans at Cadre Ministries...