Transformation: Marrying Spiritual Practice to Confession

Transformation: Marrying Spiritual Practice to Confession

Words are beautiful things. Cockamamie. Flibertyjibitt. Balderdash. Kerfuffle. Not only do they hold meaning, they can be fun to say. I like to make a note of words of phrases I want to remember or, even better, incorporate into my vernacular. Merlin’s Mushrooms. Good gracious, Ignatius. Gallopin’ grimalkin. Codswallop. And (I confess), I like puns. […]

The False Promise of Discipleship

The False Promise of Discipleship

Very simply, the false promise of discipleship is the premise that discipleship is about you and I getting closer and closer to Jesus. Sounds like one of those paradoxical statements Jesus is known for, right? “The first shall be last and the last first.” “He who finds his life will lose it.” Isn’t being close […]

Harnessing Mammon for Church Health

Harnessing Mammon for Church Health

I sat through an interesting board meeting early this week. Church management underwent some healthy change. As we looked at our financial statement, someone voiced concern over some costly, “out-of-the-box,” expenses associated with an annual missions project. Specifically, moving resources through a certain country we “tip” officials at various checkpoints. The tips involve a lot […]

Rethinking Church Multiplication

Rethinking Church Multiplication

by Ralph Moore I’m currently in the middle of a week spent teaching church multiplication to a “family” of church planters called, “Nexus.” I met the leaders at a recent Exponential gathering where we decided to team up. I am impressed with their vision and values. They’ve planted nearly 50 healthy churches. They, on the […]

Why Discipleship is the Core

Why Discipleship is the Core

Pastors and church planters have many tasks. We teach, preach, encourage, counsel, give pastoral advice, and generally build up the church. It is easy to get overwhelmed. We need clarity and focus. Thankfully, the Bible gives us those things. Our core job is to make disciples. The apostle Paul described this job for church leaders […]

How to Start a Discipleship Group

How to Start a Discipleship Group

Jesus not only called us to make disciples, but he also showed us how to do it. His strategy was simple. He formed an intentional community of men where he taught, encouraged, challenged, and equipped them in the ways of God. This method has proven to be effective in every culture and era in world […]

3 Keys to Making Disciple Makers

3 Keys to Making Disciple Makers

  The following is an excerpt from the download, “Three Keys to Making Disciple Makers”, written by Dave Buehring, Founder & President of Lionshare. Download the rest of these keys through their website here and look for “3 Keys to Making Disciple-Makers!” Key #1: Obedience is the Engine of Transformation Jesus said, “If you love […]

Saying ‘Jesus is Lord’ Today

Saying ‘Jesus is Lord’ Today

  We gathered in a small group and a lady in the group, who is a new friend of ours, stated her desire to be baptized. I was excited! The grace of Jesus had captured her, and our group was happy. This was a wonderfully momentous decision for her. Then, as the group meeting progressed, […]