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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
I had a curious observation recently as I was reflecting on the idea of extremes. My thoughts went to the two biggest groups that opposed Jesus: The Pharisees and the Sadducees. On the extreme conservative side were the Pharisees with all of their nitpicking and...read more
When someone knows what God wants them to do, sometimes there's still a reluctance to move forward. If you're in a position of trying to help guide people toward change, you'll need to consider the nature of the blockage. What gets in the way? Here are three...read more
In conversation with my colleague and professor of Psychology at Texas A&M, Dr. Charles Ridley, we talked about what really gets in the way of personal discipleship growth and process. There are many types of impasses—blind spots, assumptions, patterns,...read more
Do you want to develop new leaders from within your own ministry? Do you see people who have potential, but you’re not sure how to train them to reach their optimal effectiveness? Do you want an approach to developing leaders that is clear and substantive-- yet at the...read more