Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If I were Satan...

"If I were Satan and wanted to fatally stunt the growth of disciples to maturity, what would I do? I would divert the leaders from fulfilling their God-given function of equipping the saints [Ephesians 4:11-12]. Instead, I would distract them with other good and high-sounding activities that have nothing to do with growing people to maturity and engaging them in ministry. This is exactly what has happened. We have shunted our spiritual leaders into being program developers, administrators, and caregivers." —Greg Ogden

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Funday: Fried Chicken

Our teacher asked us what our favorite animal was and I said, "Fried chicken."

She said I wasn't funny. But she couldn't have been right—everyone else in the class laughed.

My parents told me to always be truthful and honest, and I am. Fried chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken—and pork and beef and fish too.

Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office. I told him what happened, and he laughed too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why. So I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office again. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.

I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked us to tell her what famous person we admire most.

I told her, "Colonel Sanders."

Guess where I am now...

(This gem is from Mikey's Funnies.  I might be related to this guy.)


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Friday, January 25, 2013

All Volunteers Must Be Paid

What? Paid volunteers?

Isn't that an oxymoron... like "jumbo shrimp" or "honest politician" or "Microsoft Works"?

The fact is that all volunteers must be "paid"—make no mistake about that. However, volunteers are not usually paid with money (hence the name "volunteer"). Volunteers ARE "paid" with a different—but very real—kind of capital. I think of it as emotional capital. And those who don't understand that volunteers need to be paid in emotional capital will soon find themselves lacking volunteers.

It's a fact: If volunteers don't get as much—or more—out of their volunteering than they put into it—they will go where they will get a better ROI (return on investment).

Sometimes this emotional capital can be connected to something tangible they receive as an act of appreciation for their service. But note well that—from the volunteer's perspective—the real value of any tangible expressions of thanks has very little to do with the token of appreciation itself. What really matters is the emotional capital they feel. That is, giving a volunteer a token of appreciation creates emotional capital ONLY if you really care for and appreciate the volunteer ALL YEAR LONG. Otherwise, it feels fake and empty—like being indifferent to your mother all year long, but then giving her a nice gift and kind words on Mother's Day. That just doesn't fly with most mothers—or volunteers!

If all this is true, then we must consider the various ways we can "pay" a volunteer well.




For 20 ways to "pay" a volunteer—and a whole lot more—go here. 







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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Simple. Profound. But Not Obvious.

A true story….

A small group of youth pastors gathered together for their monthly network meeting. The newest and youngest youth pastor asked the more experienced youth pastors, "What youth ministry resources would you recommend to me as I get started?"

The must-read book suggestions came fast and furious as the more experienced youth leaders pitched their favorite ministry books to the newbie.  The young youth pastor fervently scribbled down the titles. This went on until the list was quite long.

When the book suggestions finally slowed down long enough for everyone to catch a breath, one youth leader, previously quiet, simply said, "Or, you can study the Gospels, take note of how Jesus did ministry and try to do what He did."

Simple. Profound. But not obvious.

And therefore, extremely sad.

There. I said it.

* For a little more on Jesus-like disciplemaking, go here.


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Funday: A writer who moves you on an emotional level...

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.

When asked to define "great," he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream in disbelief, cry in despair, howl in pain, and vent their anger in ways they've never dreamed of!"


He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.


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Friday, January 18, 2013

We're on a mission from God...

Your prayers, friendship, and support are God's wind in our sails... and we feel it. 

THANK YOU!

Below are pictures from the last week in which we had many God moments in our ministry. Enjoy and thank God for each moment.

Below—Last Thursday: Speaking to volunteer leaders at Rock Church.

Below—Last Saturday: Training volunteer youth leaders who serve at Riverside Community Church.


Below—Last Wednesday night: Cadre's Ministry Is Relationships training experience at Riverside )1st of 4 Wednesday nights).

THANK YOU FOR PRAYING for us RIGHT NOW!



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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

One of Central IL's Best Kept Secrets

You are invited to join Cadre for...

Equip Ministries Christian Worker's Conference
Friday and Saturday, February 21-22, 2014
Peoria Christian School in Peoria, IL.


Bill Allison will be doing these four training lab experiences on both Friday and Saturday... 

What Makes Volunteers Tick?
Bill Allison, www.cadreministries.com
The effectiveness of your ministry—to a large degree—is dependent upon the motivation level of the volunteers.  But what makes a volunteer tick? That's exactly what we'll explore in this session. Bring your Bible, a pen and your sense of humor.

Teaching with the End in Mind
Bill Allison, www.cadreministries.com
We're busy teaching, no doubt about it.  But what is our teaching producing?  What is it—exactly—that you want those you teach to know and be able to do?  That's exactly the question we'll explore in this session.  Don't miss this workshop because we'll begin to wrestle down some exit goals for each age group in the church! Bring your Bible, a pen and your sense of humor.

Church Would Be Great If It Weren't for People
Bill Allison, www.cadreministries.com
Someone just came to mind when you read the title of this workshop... right?  Loving God is a delight.  Loving people, especially people in the church, can be a little more of a challenge.  Yet, God has given us over 40 "one another" verses that instruct us how we should interact with each other.  In this training workshop, we'll explore how to APPLY those one another verses.  Isn't it time to put the OTHER in the one anOTHERs? Bring your Bible, a pen and your sense of humor.

Marriage As Disciplemaking
Bill Allison, www.cadreministries.com
You've tried the marriage you've always wanted. Now try the marriage God has always wanted you to have. The Bible paints a brilliant and compelling picture of the marriage God has always wanted you to have. That's exactly what well explore in this session. Bring your Bible, a pen and your sense of humor.





Dave and Rennie Garda will be doing these four training lab experiences on both Friday and Saturday...




Kavanah: A Missing Disciplemaking Concept
Dave and Rennie Garda, www.cadreministries.com
Included in this workshop will be a first-century rabbi's disciplemaking glossary and the practical insights needed for God dependent ministry. We'll use youth ministry as an example, but the principles shared will be valued by those who work with families (even our own), children, youth, men and women. We'll explore the first-century teaching and training style of disciplemaking teachers and explore ways to bring these values into our ministries and families.

Why Youth Ministries Fail... and Is Yours Next?
Dave and Rennie Garda, www.cadreministries.com
Encouragement on how to thrive and not just survive the adventure of being a youth worker in 2013. For all volunteer and paid youth leaders.

Pop Goes the Christian! What Makes You Spiritually POP?
Dave and Rennie Garda, www.cadreministries.com
What is the simplest effective environment for "popping" disciples? Why do some disciples find their way into ministry roles while other believers seem satisfied to pew sit? What are your missing ingredients in your disciplemaking journey? This workshop will be shared in what Cadre Ministries calls a Disciplemaking Learning Community context. We trust that you'll learn as much from how this workshop is shared as you will from the teaching lessons we'll engage.

For Those Who Are CRAZY About Middle School Ministry
Dave and Rennie Garda, www.cadreministries.com
We'd like to experience a community time of sharing the adventures and insights of the unique challenges of Middle School Ministry (Grades 5-6 and 7-8). We'll share key insights and some free tools to help you, but we want to hear your heart and questions for middle school ministry as well. So call this a 50/50 workshop... 50% planned equipping and encouragement and 50% hearing and learning from one another. Let's come together to learn more about how to engage with the BATTERIES INCLUDED GENERATION.

For complete details and registration information, go here.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Funday: 11-year-old boy takes notes on my sermon

I got this email from a guy whose family recently heard me preach at their church:

Bill,

Our 11 yr old son feverishly took notes on your message yesterday... he filled a page. He's usually pretty detached from the Sunday morning teaching. I was so proud of him and of you.

As I looked at his note sheet, I turned it over and read these words written on the back, "I saw dust come out when he cut the cheese."

Hmmm... I guess he's still 11.


In the spirit of this note, I offer this ten second video clip:

If video doesn't show, go here.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Training Especially for Volunteer Youth Leaders


Click the image below to enlarge for reading...
Training that comes to you... from your biggest fans at Cadre Ministries! For complete details... go here.


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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Behind the Cheddar Curtain... Districts 2013

Sometimes as Cadre missionaries, God makes it possible for us to take Jesus-like disciplemaking encouragement and training to potentially hazardous places. This is the story of how God took us… Behind the Cheddar Curtain!

Last weekend, I had the honor of being a small part of a youth conference for the Evangelical Free Church in WI. (Pictured below: Rob and Nancy Weise, along with lots of well coordinated volunteers, make this student ministries conference happen… and happen well.) [Note: Click on any image below to enlarge for viewing.]
Cadre brought training and coaching to some of the 3,800 students and youth leaders who attended. Did I mention the conference was in Green Bay? Yeah, that's where the Packers play—and they were playing on Saturday night. As a Bear's fan, I felt alone… so alone behind the Cheddar Curtain (especially after all the fun trash talking I've done with Packer fans this year). And then the first of many miracles happened….

I found another Bears fan!  It's true: God has his people everywhere… even behind the Cheddar Curtain.  (Note: I have this same jersey, but I didn't have the guts to wear it to Green Bay… especially THIS year. Thanks for inspiration and encouragement Zach!)

Many students trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and many others indicated that God spoke clearly and directly to them concerning their relationship with him. That's exactly what we hoped and prayed for. God has a history of doing great things at this district youth conference.

Two of my favorite missionaries, Dave and Rennie Garda, also did training and coaching at the conference.

Our goal was to love, encourage, and equip every student and youth leader who crossed our paths! As you can see by the picture of our training above, students crammed into the training room with some students actually sitting on the floor because there were no seats left. That room was filled, fun, and very warm.

For students we did, Overcoming Your Spiritual Identity Crisis. Open Bibles, fun, and friends... it's how we like to roll.

Here's a photo I took from one of the student's notebook during our training. (click the pic to enlarge for reading.) Students were gathered together into small groups and studied Ephesians chapters 1-3 and Colossians 1-2 and were asked to make note of the specifics of their identity in Christ as found in the Bible. Note the title of this student's notes: "What I am because of Jesus." Exactly.

For volunteer and vocational youth leaders (pictured above) we did a training lab called, The Life God Has Always Wanted You to Have and Your First and Most Important Job as a Youth Leader.

Above: Youth leaders who want to do more than just entertain students... they want to help students become disciplemakers!

Only Jesus can make Bears fans and Packers fan enjoy working together for His kingdom. It's nothing short of miraculous.  But that's how Jesus rolls… in the miraculous.  And we, as Cadre missionaries, like being along for the ride.

And in February and March of 2013, I'll be heading back up north... to tread again Behind the Cheddar Curtain... as I will be bringing disciplemaking training for paid AND volunteer youth leaders. Honestly, I can't wait! If you are reading this, then you are invited. See contact info above to get information or make arrangements to be a part of one of these disciplemaking training experiences.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Monday Funday: I tell ya, I get no respect.

I was walking around the house without a shirt the other day. (Not a pretty sight.) When I saw my wife and daughters Libby (12) and Sadey (9), I started to flex my "muscles." My wife looked at me strangely and asked, "What are you doing?"

Striking another striking pose of strength and dexterity, I said, "I want my daughters to know what a strong man looks like."

Libby looked disgusted and said, "No need. I'll look it up on Google."

I tell ya, I get no respect.


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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

If you're the praying type...

Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Please pray for my 15-year-old daughter and a bunch of other students who are serving Jesus Christ at Mission Peoria this week!

This Sunday I'll be speaking at New Hope Church in Villa Park, IL and doing Disciplemaking Is Relationships training with the elders and church leaders in the afternoon. Thanks for praying for us RIGHT NOW

How God Answers Your Prayers for Us!
* What God did in Kansas City because of your prayers! THANK YOU!
What God did in Wisconsin because of your prayers! THANK YOU!
Here's how God is currently using your prayers! THANK YOU!
What God did in Colorado because of your prayers! THANK YOU!

We need YOU to join our prayer team!
We are missionaries with Cadre Ministries. About 2-3 times a month, I'd like to send you a short email with details about how you can say a quick prayer for us. If you are willing to say a quick prayer for us 2-3 times a month, please email me and put "prayer team" in the subject line. THANKS!
Thank you for saying a quick prayer for us RIGHT NOW.

Bill for all of us
Because of God AND the prayer and financial partnership with God’s people like YOU, we are able to take Jesus-like disciplemaking, equipping, and encouragement to thousands of people in hundreds of churches and ministries each year! That's what Cadre Ministries has been about for over ten years now. God is at work and we love being along for this, crazy, fun, and fruitful ride.

But make no mistake about it: We couldn't do Cadre without friends like YOU.

Would you prayerfully consider joining our financial partnership team on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis starting now?


From our hearts to yours, thank you for prayerfully considering our request.

Bill, Stacy, Emily, Bill, Aubrey, Josey, Libby, Sadey, and Ivy

FYI:
* Go here for some of the stats and stories of 2013.
* To give securely online now, go here.
* To give securely online monthly, go here.
* Cadre Ministries is a recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry and all donations are tax deductible.


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