Posts

The Elvis Church: Has Your Church Left the Building?

Image
  If video doesn't appear, go here . Don't know where to start? Start here... 1. If you're still wondering: What does disciplemaking look like in the church ? 2. A true short story: What if the church joined its people on mission ? 3.  This IS the plan.  (short video) 4.  Explore how Jesus did it—and continues to do it . 5.  Explore bringing THIS training experience to your ministry and church . Let me encourage you and make you think every Monday !

Is a Biblical Worldview Enough?

Image
There is so much talk amongst Christians about the importance of having a "biblical worldview."  While I am committed to a biblical worldview, I have this nagging question in my mind and heart: Is a biblical worldview enough? The underlying and often unspoken assumption in all the talk about a "biblical world view" seems to be this: If one has the knowledge of a "biblical worldview," then that person will live all of life in light of the Bible. But is that assumption true? Does knowing God's Word automatically translate into Bible application and life transformation? Is it possible to have a biblical worldview and still be a jerk? How can that be? Consider this from Jesus—just after he washed the disciples' feet: "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them" (John 13:17—emphasis mine). It's one thing to know the teachings of Jesus and quite another to do/live them. Christianity—they way Jesus gave it to his di

A Psalm 128 Moment: May you live to enjoy your grandchildren...

Image
"May you live to enjoy your grandchildren." —Psalm 128:6 You may remember a post I shared last December. The title of it was: " Breaking News: Bill Allison's Wife Is Having a Baby! " Well, please pardon me while I gush about our first grandchild. I promise NOT to do this again... until the next time God blesses us.   Three Bill Allisons.  "Your wife will be a like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing...." —Psalm 128:3 Bill Allison the 4th! Grandma! Let me encourage you every Monday !

Ignite Youth Leadership Conference

Image
  If you know us, you know that we've always sought to strategically make disciplemakers with the next generations—like this: "Now that I am old and gray... Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me" (Psalm 71:18). That's WHY we were glad to accept the invitation to do three disciplemaking training experiences for students and youth leaders at Ignite Youth Leadership Conference in Des Moines, IA, and in Oswego, IL. What is it like at the Ignite Youth Leadership Conference?   This short video above will give you a sense of the energy the students bring to this conference! (Make sure your volume is up!) They do this for EVERYONE who enters the church. So. Much. Fun. I have an almost 30-year-friendship with Pastor Jonathan, the founder of Ignite Youth Leadership Conference (in the middle above)! (Ignite trivia: I was the main speaker at the very first Ignite Youth Leadership Conference many moons ago.) Here's

Why We LOVE Small-Town Pastors and Churches

Image
(Click image to enlarge for reading.)  Why we love small-town pastors and churches . Below: A few years ago at RHMA's Small-Town Pastor's Conference... I had so much fun bringing a Word of encouragement to about 500 pastors, wives and ministry leaders from over 30 different states at RHMA's Small Town Pastors' Conference. I contend  there is no such thing as "small" church . Why do we love small town pastors and churches? Disciplemaking like Jesus requires robust relationships—i.e., disciplemaking friendships—and the small town church is poised to  lead the way in this movement . Instead of only counting attendance this week at church, try counting disciplemakers . Related Post... *  How YOU Can Encourage ALL Pastors *  True Stories of Encouraging Pastors *  Small Church, World-Wide Impact *  More here on RHMA conferences . Let me encourage you every Monday !

What God Did in Washington State

Image
In January I received this note from Pastor Jeromy Waunch from The Vine Community Church in Deer Park, WA. This post is a report back on our time with the beautiful people of The Vine Community Church, April 1-3, 2022. We did The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus training experience  with about 70 people. Each person received The Disciplemaking Living Guide and The Disicplemaking Genius of Jesus book —for application and small group follow-through after our training time together. I don't think they could  have crammed any more people into that room. So much fun and energy! Pastor Jeromy wrote: “My heart is very full right now. So grateful for the Holy Spirit’s work in our people this past weekend. Disciplemaking stories keep trickling in. We also did a D Group (Disciplemaking Group) with my family last night. It was really good.” Hear that chatter on the video? That's the sound of " havering ." When we do training , we don't lecture. Why? The more people are engag

Why Disciplemaking Matters More than Ever

Image
  You may have noticed that it's a crazy world out there. And it feels like it's getting crazier. Doesn't it? In North America, it seems like paganism is displacing Christianity in the public square. Ironically, in the first 300 years of the church that Jesus started, Christianity spread so effectively that it actually displaced much of paganism in the Roman Empire. And it all happened in a context that was often hostile to Christianity.  Think about that.  How did the early followers of Jesus have such a huge impact on a pagan culture? In his book,  The Triumph of Christianity , Dr. Rodney Stark writes, "...the  spread of religious movements is not accomplished by dramatic events and persuasive preachers, but by ordinary followers who convert their equally anonymous friends, relatives, and neighbors." That sounds like  "disciplemaking friendships that multiply"  to me. We Need a Revival? I hear the urgent call for "revival" these days. I think