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Making disciples in real-life environments

One of the critical practices of making disciples well is ensuring that we are living out our faith in real-life environments. That’s where we learn, fail, practice, and teach others. Below is a brief excerpt on this topic from my latest book, The Discipleship...

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How can a person function as a catalyst?

Many years ago I was a chemistry major. Although I did not go into medicine as planned, I did learn about catalysts… and recently realized that in my chosen vocation of helping churches grow and change, I serve as a catalyst myself. A catalyst is a substance that...

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The danger of a split focus

Do you have a split focus? As my friend Neil Cole says, “First things first. One thing at a time. Always one more thing.” That middle concept of “one thing at a time” can be one of the most difficult for us. We live in an age of multi-tasking and constant...

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Good intentions aren’t enough

As I reflect on my coaching and consulting work, I can see that virtually everyone has good intentions. People don’t lack for good intentions. We want to see good things happen. We want to see people get into discipleship relationships. We want to see people...

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The power of thinking

Thinking. When is the last time we really did it? I mean get away without interruption to spend some time pondering God, ministry, our calling, and how we could be doing things differently? This kind of thinking requires not only our full attention, but also a...

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Handling the ministry’s money

As leaders, we are responsible for administering the church’s finances appropriately. Whether our church has a multi-million dollar budget or a small offering from ten people, we are still called to steward this money responsibly and use it in the manner for which it...

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Outcome-based learning communities

There are three different types of networks. One comes together primarily for support. The people get together, build relationships, encourage each other, and pray for each other. As long as you show up and are helpful, the network fulfills its purpose. A second type...

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Spirit-guided community

Next time your people meet to dig into discipleship or leadership development, try this. Break people into groups of three. Then give one person the floor for thirty minutes to talk about they’re experiencing God and what they’re hearing from him. The other two people...

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Timeline for an intentional interim pastor

I’ve been working more often lately with interim pastor situations where the congregation is in transition. One thing I’ve found is that people often expect interim situations to go faster than they do. In reality, if you do the steps well, it takes 9-12 months to...

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