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What Is God Doing? A Mid-Summer Ministry Update

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  Exploring the priesthood of all believers with these national leaders from Youth for Christ. Here's what we wrestled with about 30+ ministry leaders from around the country:  Why Mobilizing Volunteers for Ministry Is a Big Deal—and How to You Can Do It .  My friend, Stan Risinger (on the right), is the impetus behind our upcoming Galesburg Area Leadership Community (GALC) . Pastor Niceu (in the middle) has a congregation of about 100 “Chin” People in Galesburg, IL. Pastor Niceu has indicated that he wants to be a part of GALC this fall. Sounds right to me! I remember reading something about “making disciples from all nations” in the Bible! We had so much fun with our dear disciplemaking friends from Christ's Place in Nebraska —and we introduced them to some of our dear disciplemaking friends in our neighborhood! (More here on disciplemaking friendships .) We invested a day with our Nebraska friends and some of our Central IL disciplemaking friends in Delavan, IL, with Crazy

Is church the place we go to be alone together?

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(Click image above to enlarge for viewing.) Perhaps we're not that good at "disciplemaking friendships" because we're not that good at disciplemaking  or friendships .  Just thinking out loud here... * The Disciplemaking Genius of Barney * You ok? I'm fine. * We're "friends" (on social media) * Friends outside of church * Church "friends"   * No friendships—no ministry * Easiest way to be a real friend * Disciplemaking friendships like Jesus * Something you can experience with friends Let me encourage you every Monday !

When Someone Preaches Your Message Better than You...

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 I don't mind it when someone preaches my message, but when they do it better than me... I love it! Watch Sermon Here ! Who is this preaching and why am I sharing it? Good question. Find out here. Let me encourage you every Monday !

Meanwhile in Albania and Alaska...

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Meanwhile, Crazy Pastor Steve leads Cadre's Evangelism Is Relationships training experience with ministry leaders in Albania . Did I mention he's crazy? Our disciplemaking friend, Pastor Nate Stenholtz  (on the left), who also serves as an adjunct professor with Moody Bible Institute's Distance Learning , with one of his students in Alaska. Nate teaches a class that equips teachers to teach effectively—and the class uses Cadre's The Teaching Genius of Jesus  book. It's so much fun to help your friends help their friends to follow Jesus.   God only knows where this disciplemaking multiplication goes after three generations of disciplemaking friendships And that really all that matters, isn't it—that only God knows? We think so. Why? Here's why:  Because "...everything comes from him [God] and exists by his power and is intended for his glory." —Romans 11:36 And:  "All glory to him who loves and has freed us from our sins by shedding his bloo

Revival Town Podcast

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  So much fun and Jesus with these two crazies! Listen here . You, Me, and Coffee Monday...   Let me encourage you and and make you think 1 stinking time a week (usually Monday morning) with a virtual  Cup O' Joe with Bill  in your email inbox.  Two  Simple Steps... 1.  Go here and submit your email . 2.  Go to your email and click the Feedburner confirmation link .

The Person-Driven Life...

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My young disciplemaking friend, Tim Brown, Pastor of Student Ministries at CrossPoint Church in East Peoria, IL, recently preached about The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus . What made the preaching so rich and transformative was the fact that Tim actually aspires to live what he preached. It wasn't just good biblical information. It's a simple, yet world-changing, Jesus-like disciplemaking way of life . Preaching the disciplemaking genius of Jesus—without aspiring to live and share the disciplemaking genius of Jesus—would be impotent. Consider what Paul wrote to the church that considered themselves to be sophisticated intellectuals: "For the kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; It is living by God's power." —I Corinthians 4:20 My dear and longtime disciplemaking friend, Paul Cone , introduced me to Tim. Before long, Tim joined our Central IL Disciplemaking Learning Community (DLC) where we aspire to study, live, and share the disciplemaking genius of Jesu

Disciplemaking Training with Pastors and Ministry Leaders from All Over the Country...

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We had so much fun being missionaries of encouragement in Nashville, TN, to about 200 pastors and ministry leaders from all over the country (and beyond) who serve with the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. Here's the training we did . And here's a free audio . And here's how we can bring disciplemaking training to you and your ministry/church . "Bill, thanks for your investment in the Alliance family! I heard good reports from lots of folks. I enjoyed our time together."  —Scott Wakeley, National Director of Youth Ministry for the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Here's how Cadre can help you create a culture of disciplemaking in your ministry, church, and denomination . You, Me, and Coffee Monday...   Let me encourage you and and make you think 1 stinking time a week (usually Monday morning) with a virtual  Cup O' Joe with Bill  in your email inbox.  Two  Simple Steps... 1.  Go here and submit your email . 2.  Go to your email and click t