Tag: bold moves

Rowing Team

What are you pouring your life into?

Let’s just say it out loud. We are addicted to programs. We are tied to our traditions. Just as an addict reacts emotionally when weaned off of his drug, people react negatively when their favorite program is changed or canceled. This reality has kept even the bravest leaders from making necessary changes lest they find […]

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Leaving Religious Activity

Move from Religious Activity to Relational Investment

“So if I buy into what you are saying, what is going to be different about my ministry six months from now?” It was a good question, coming from a seasoned pastor. As we shared lunch together in a nice restaurant, the topic of conversation was making disciples. This pastor had led his church to […]

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what apple gets about disciple making

What Apple Gets About Making Disciples

JESUS OR APPLE  Not long ago I was in the Apple store working on my iPhone. A young lady was helping me—she probably looked to be in her early twenties. While she was working on my phone I start talking to her about her job. I asked, “Have you been working here long?” “No, not […]

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How Do You Make Disciples?

“How Do You Make Disciples?” I love asking pastors that question. Not long ago, I sat around a conference table with several pastors, professors, and denominational leaders. We were all there to talk about discipleship. When the question was asked about how disciples are made, the thoughts were pretty vague and varied. Most said that […]

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How Are Your Traditions Affecting Your Mission?

A disciple-making church is constantly evaluating the effectiveness of every program, event or initiative and asking the hard questions: “What part of the strategy is this accomplishing?” “Is this really working?” “Is there a better way to be more effective?” Traditions are not bad. In fact, they can be incredibly powerful. We have certain traditions […]

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Are You Moving from Individual to Team?

Once a leader knows what a disciple looks like and understands Jesus’ four-step process for making disciples and begins to actively invest his life in people, then he is ready to raise up a team of disciple-makers. Ministry is not something you do in isolation; rather it is something you do in community. Far too […]

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Hands Raised

Moving From Decisions to Disciples

One afternoon, I was playing golf with a friend of mine who is a leading executive for a company that grosses over a billion dollars in revenue every year. I was talking non-stop about the church and some new initiatives I wanted to roll out, and I asked him for his input. As he addressed […]

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Moving From Church Models to Christ’s Model

Church leaders love models. Pastors seem to be naturally drawn to the latest and greatest trends in ministry. Over the past twenty years, I’ve seen models come and go. I can remember when “Flake’s formula” was the rage for growing Sunday Schools in Baptist churches. Arthur Flake was a department store salesman from Winona, Mississippi, […]

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Jesus’ Bold Move

Anytime God wants to initiate something new, he calls one of his own to make a bold move. You can count on it.  It was certainly bold for Abraham to leave his retirement plans in Ur and venture out into an uncharted land. It was bold for David to face off against the giant, Goliath. […]

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How Traditions Can Affect Mission For Better—or For Worse

A disciple-making church is constantly evaluating the effectiveness of every program, event or initiative and asking the hard questions: “What part of the strategy is this accomplishing?” “Is this really working?” “Is there a better way to be more effective?” Traditions are not bad. In fact they can be incredibly powerful. We have certain traditions […]

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