Want to Make Disciples? Start Here

It has taken me over nine months to figure out how to start a solid discipleship ministry. No. I got that wrong – it isn’t one more ministry. Let me try that again. It has taken me over nine months to feel adequate in my approach to launching into discipling relationships with some other men.Continue Reading

Don’t Rely on Social Media or Google to Inform You – Do This Instead

Social media has one goal – keep your eyes on their platform. The more time you spend on social media, the more money they make off ads. Facebook doesn’t like to push external links because they send you away from their site, which means your eyeballs aren’t looking at their ads, which means less moneyContinue Reading

Review of “Discipleship that Fits” Chapter 5 – What the Big Does Well

Chapter five in Discipleship that Fits covers the benefits of the Public context – the large gathering. Francis Chan and others have pushed to move away from this. What are we losing in the process? How can large gatherings be beneficial for the overall process of making well-rounded disciples of Jesus? One of the biggestContinue Reading

Anxiety is Far Too Common in Ministry. Here is Why and What Can be Done About it

Over half of ministers report suffering from significant anxiety as a result of their ministry. Churches are anxious places. They are anxious places because we are supposed to get everything right and to do something not how it is always done or said creates uncomfortable questions and anxiety that is then, often, transferred to leadershipContinue Reading

Preserving Our Good DNA in Churches of Christ & Six Adjustments For Revival

Are we prime for revival or are we hopelessly stuck in the past? I don’t think God is done with us yet. Even though we are seeing decline pretty much across the board, I am hopeful that God is still going to use Churches of Christ in some meaningful and powerful ways. Not all DNAContinue Reading

What The Motivational Speakers Just Don’t Get

Motivational speakers can be extremely helpful. They can inspire us, get us moving when we struggle to move. But there are some things secular speakers can’t wrap their minds around which are extremely important. They can’t because they aren’t coming at what they do as a Christian, from a Christian worldview. The first is thatContinue Reading

Review of “Discipleship that Fits” Chapter 4 – The Hoopla Can Actually Work

The book (Discipleship that Fits) now focuses on discipleship in various ministry context in terms of the group sizes outlined in chapter 3. In particular, chapter 4 deals with the Public context (100+ people) which in the West is generally the corporate worship setting. Bobby and Alex spend some time working through these contexts inContinue Reading

Light bulb on Commitment: Program-based Ministry vs Disciple-based Ministry

As I continue to work through learning disciple-making there are a number of light bulb moments that are happening along the way. Many of these are several puzzle pieces finally coming together to make a coherent picture. Thom Rainer wrote a great book a number of years ago called High Expectations. His premise was thatContinue Reading

Breaking the Neck of The Bottle Means No Going Back

“Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” 3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table inContinue Reading

Churches of Christ Need an Aerosmith/Run DMC “Walk This Way” Moment

The iconic “Walk This Way” music video is a parable for a conversation that must go mainstream and I am determined to make that happen. We have to start chipping away at the wall and poking our heads through to hear what is being said on the other side. On one side – mainstream, programmaticContinue Reading

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