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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...read more
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...read more
We create action plans and then work through them. But how do we know if we've been successful? We need to evaluate what was accomplished afterwards. And how do we evaluate that? Below are some questions you can use. Even better, if you know you'll be evaluated at the...read more
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...read more
When I was a senior pastor, I used to do formal annual reviews with each member of my staff. I began by giving them an evaluation form that they were to fill out before our meeting. It covered these categories: List your areas of responsibility, along with a rating of...read more
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...read more
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...read more
“It is with real delight that I recommend the Dimensions of Discipleship small group studies to you. We have used them this year as the curriculum in our LIFE Groups with great responses. They are challenging, Biblical, thought-provoking, relevant, and practical.” –...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more