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What if church looked a little more like this once in a while?

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Relax. I'm simply asking the question. I'm not suggesting we do only this.  But what if church looked a little more like this once in a while ? There are over forty one-another commands in the New Testament. (For example: Love one another, pray for one another, encourage one other, bear with one another, forgive one another, greet one another warmly, etc.)  Yet, it is more than possible that a person in America could attend church Sunday after Sunday without ever meaningfully engaging another person—even though there is a planned "greet-your-neighbor" part of the service.  I hope we can all agree on this:  Church should never be the place we go to be alone together.   I have heard some church people say, "Well, in our culture people just want to attend the Sunday church service, hear the pastor preach, and get out the door. We're all busy." I hear you. I get it. But this raises an important philosophical question: If we're

Fall 2022: Look at What God Is Doing...

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  [Note: We are disciplemaking missionaries with   Cadre Missionaries . As such, we give a brief ministry update here at   Cup O' Joe with Bill   once every three months—especially for those who love, pray, and support us.] Look at What God is Doing! (Double click any image to enlarge for reading, viewing, and praying.)   Can you help us  continue  multiplying disciple makers ? Here's how... 1.  Invest in disciplemaking via the Allisons and Cadre Missionaries 2.  Join our email prayer team  ("prayer team" in subject line) 3.  Bring Cadre training to your ministry or church 4.  Become a trainer with Cadre     5.  Read and share The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus All glory to God! Can You Help Us? We're celebrating 20 years of disciplemaking via Cadre Missionaries!   We need your prayers and $ partnership for our disciplemaking ministry this Fall.  Can you help us?   If so, go here . No gift is too small—and each gift would be deeply appreciated. Either way, we than

We Need Your Help to Celebrate Cadre's 20th Birthday...

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Twenty years ago this month, God birthed Cadre Missionaries.  THANK YOU for being God's wind in our disciplemaking sails! This picture above makes our hearts smile. Here's why. One of the first things we did as Cadre Missionaries twenty years ago was to invite a "cadre" of disciplemaking friends to join us in Central IL for a few days of mutual encouragement and learning from each other. So. Much. Fun! (We're still doing this today. We call it Disciplemaking Learning Communities.)  While the Allisons and Gardas had been friends for a number of years before the birth of Cadre, this picture above was taken  when we first stepped out in faith together to launch Cadre. Our hearts were full of Jesus, hope, and disciplemaking friendships. However, our pockets were essentially empty. Our dear and longtime friend, Tracy Hipps (wearing the blue shirt above), came all the way from the inner-city of Birmingham, Alabama, to join us in Central IL. In between the sessions, I p

3 Questions Every Man Should Ask by Andrew Linder

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  Go here . Let me encourage you every Monday !

Twenty Years of Disciplemaking Learning Communities...

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We're celebrating 20 years of Disciplemaking Learning Communities (DLCs)! This Fall 2022, Cadre Missionaries will be hosting FOUR DLCs in the following locations... * Rock Falls, IL/Dixon, IL area * Champaign, IL/Rantoul, IL area * Sycamore, IL/Dekalb, IL area * Tremont, IL, area is a women's DLC DLCs: The Early Days What Are Disciplemaking Learning Communities? Why Disciplemaking Learning Communities? What Ministry Leaders Are Saying #1 What Ministry Leaders Are Saying #2 That one time we started a Women's Disciplemaking Learning Community —and then got out of the way as fast a possible! Here's the Training We Do in our DLCs ( Disciplemaker's Prayer Coffee Mug sold separately LOL ) The Multiplication of DLCs This Prayer IS the Plan If you're interested in bringing disciplemaking training to your church or ministry—or if you're interested in Disciplemaking Learning Communities, contact me. All glory to God! Subscribe HERE and let the fun begin!

Pastor Disaster?

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If you know me and Cadre Missionaries, you already know we love and encourage pastors everywhere we go.  We're passionate about equipping congregations to love, support, and encourage their pastors ! I'm happy to say that almost all the pastors I know and love are not just good preachers—but they are also beautiful people. Almost every pastor I know aspires to study, live, and share God's Word.  That's why I'm wondering about this recent research on pastors. Here's an interesting claim below from the Barna Research Group... Only 37% of Pastors Have Biblical Worldview ! If this is true, I'd love to hear from you on HOW and WHY. Pithy Pertinent Posts to Ponder... * When denominations drift * When our theology drifts * When we make ministry about us * When we drift away from the person and work of Jesus * When the church is the object of her own affections * When we're fuzzy about the mission of the church * When we embrace a lesser mission * When we overes

Just for Smiles: When Moses wrote about himself...

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It's funny, amusing, and in the Bible . If you can't laugh at yourself, please do not click this link ! Let me encourage you every Monday !