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Guided discipleship

Guided discipleship

This blog entry is part of a series of three that focuses on the three environments for making disciples: peer-to-peer discipleship, guided discipleship, and focused discipleship. Each of these represents a relational, intentional way to make disciples within our...

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Peer-to-peer discipleship

Peer-to-peer discipleship

This blog entry is part of a series of three that focuses on the three environments for making disciples: peer-to-peer discipleship, guided discipleship, and focused discipleship. Each of these represents a relational, intentional way to make disciples within our...

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Are you still spoon-feeding?

Are you still spoon-feeding?

As ministry leaders, we need to teach people to gradually take responsibility for their own spiritual growth and discipleship. It’s true that babies need to be fed. But as they grow, they are able to take on the task of feeding themselves in increasing measure. Most...

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The wrong people in the right places

The wrong people in the right places

One of the most important tasks of a church planter is making sure the wrong people don’t get into the right places. Many years ago when I planted my first church people would come to me and, immediately upon meeting me, they’d share all of their past church...

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When less is more

When less is more

I’ve recently read a couple of fascinating blog entries by Greg McKeown, CEO of THIS Inc., a leadership and strategy design agency headquartered in Silicon Valley. I wanted to highlight a couple of his ideas here and direct you to his blog. Although written for the...

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The risk of kindness

The risk of kindness

by Alexi George: I heard about a man who has a special place in his heart for beggars. He once asked a beggar on the street his name. The reply of the beggar was: “Name? I don't have a name.” When I heard that, I was utterly astonished. A human being without a name?...

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The value of being positioned well

The value of being positioned well

Here’s something I heard from one of the people I’m currently coaching: If you’re standing straight on and someone pushes you, you’ll naturally go backwards. But if you were to turn sideways and someone pushes you, you’re much more stable. It’s preparation for taking...

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Looking for multiple confirmations

Looking for multiple confirmations

I taught at a Vineyard conference recently and I noticed their practice of looking for multiple confirmations.  They’re not looking for just one person to say, “Hey, I think we should do x, y, or z.” They’re looking for multiple indicators pointing in the same...

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For all my disappointed friends in Denver…

For all my disappointed friends in Denver…

What happens when - instead of playing to win - you play not to lose? You lose. You abandon the strategies that earned your success in the first place and you become too cautious. You don’t take a sufficient amount of risk… and it costs you. I haven’t read the Denver...

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Giving birth and giving away the bride

Giving birth and giving away the bride

Many years ago I was asked to lead a retreat with leaders of a parent church and leaders of a soon-to-be-formed daughter church. They wanted to address “the emotional dimensions of church planting,” specifically between a mother church and a daughter church. I thought...

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