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Note: This blog entry is excerpted and adapted from my upcoming book, tentatively titled The Church Planting Journey. We'll be posting excerpts about once a month here and we'd love to hear feedback from you. We hope you are getting as excited about it as we are! And...read more
By guest blogger Dr. Dave Daubert, parish pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois and lead consultant for Day 8 Strategies. The new Discipleship Guide for Lutherans are an exciting new release. After months of work, the language and quotes have been edited...read more
There’s a saying that you don’t want to know or see how the sausage is made. Yet in the context of resource development, the process can be fascinating. At Logan Leadership, we have developed a procedure by which we gather knowledge from various practitioners and...read more
Have you ever faced a quandary trying to decide which way to go at a juncture of life? Have you been uncertain of God’s direction or will in a situation? Have you wanted clarity about the direction you should take moving forward? The Quaker Clearness Committee process...read more
As I look out at today’s church planting landscape, I am convinced that it’s time to return to and take a fresh look at church planting tools and processes. That’s why I’ve begun work on a new book, tentatively titled The Church Planting Journey. However, I do want to...read more
Did you know we now have customized Lutheran versions of our discipleship guides available? We’ve now produced three denominational versions. In addition to the Lutheran version, we also have Vineyard and Episcopal versions available. What we do is start with the...read more
For discipling people, I like to use the analogy of rubber bands and shoelaces. People need both enough stretch (rubber bands) and enough support (shoelaces) to be able to move forward. One without the other is incomplete. People need to be stretched and challenged in...read more
I realized early on in ministry that I was not smart enough to be the Holy Spirit. The best I can do is to help people listen to what God is doing in their life and then to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to see God’s agenda become a reality. When we are discipling...read more
Like the rest of the Body of Christ, church planters come in a wide variety. It’s difficult to say, “Planters are like this,” or “Planters are like that.” They are individuals, like the rest of us. Yet those men and women who are drawn to the idea of planting their...read more
Small church pastors have some significant advantages in ministry. Here are a few ways to leverage your time and energy to make the most significant impact in your congregations. Set aside relational time. As you likely already know, relationships are essential in any...read more
We want people to grow as disciples and make other disciples, yet we often never get discipleship efforts off the ground. As I’ve looked at hundreds of different discipleship initiatives, I’ve come across five key mistakes to avoid. These are the elements that prevent...read more
Today's entry is by guest blogger Dr. Charles R. Ridley. On Constructive Change Every individual, group, organization, and certainly every church periodically faces the challenge of changing. It has been said that change is the one constant in life. But some change is...read more