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Every once in a while, when I’m sketching out a diagram to represent an idea, I find myself apologizing for my lack of artistry. Fortunately, my job doesn’t require much by way of drawing skills, but I do have to sketch the occasional diagram or flow chart to...read more
Sometimes you’ve been working through the discernment process, listening to God and trying to get a clear picture of what he is asking you to do. And then God prophetically gives you the answer. It didn’t flow out of the rational process-- it was a quantum leap to...read more
A while back I read an old classic article in the Harvard Business Review that used a brilliant phrase: “running down the corridors of comparative indifference.” That’s a preferred way to lead change. Instead of trying to make big changes in obvious places-- which...read more
What would you be willing to change? If God wanted you to-- say-- change the structure of your ministry, would you be willing to do that? What about changing your role in the community or the people you work with? Often in ministry, growth-- and even survival--...read more
Don’t wait on making disciples… start now. So something. Seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus, raising up others. In tandem with our own development, becoming like Jesus, we also reach out and become part of the mandate of Jesus. Who can you start influencing? Who...read more
As we become disciples, we make disciples. This is the crux of making disciples: when we make disciples who seize the mission of Jesus so that they go on making more disciples, who make more disciples, who make more disciples. What is the proof of discipleship? If we...read more
Once we have a clear sense of where we need to grow, now we need a relational context for that growth. There is no substitute for intentional discipleship relationships. During some seasons those are one-on-one relationships. During some seasons they are peer or group...read more
If we are to practice a kind of discipleship that is truly tailored to the individual, we absolutely need to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Where God is calling one person to focus their growth is not necessarily where he’s calling another to focus. We can...read more
Community is essential in helping us process our journey of discipleship. The Apostle Paul gives us some direction in how we are to function as Christian community for one another in this particularly rich passage: And let us consider how we may spur one another on...read more
When we have integrated disciples-- those who incorporate head, heart, and hands-- we see they are vastly more likely to pass along that discipleship to others. The end result of holistic disciples modeled on the pattern of Jesus is the multiplication of more...read more
In the last two blog entries, we’ve looked at the pitfall of “all head” and “all hands.” The third discipleship pitfall is “all heart”-- focusing on just internal character and heart… the contemplative, emotional retreat– just me and God… drifting. Or, in more social...read more
In my last blog entry, we looked at the pitfall of the “all head” approach-- trying to educate our way to making disciples. One common alternative to the “all head” approach is the “all hands” approach. Instead of just learning stuff, let’s get out there and do stuff!...read more