Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download it free here. Elk are incredible animals. I have spent the better part of 25 years watching, studying, and hunting them. In my opinion, they are one of God’s most magnificent creations. Every year, through […]

How to Mature People Through Disciple Making

How to Mature People Through Disciple Making

At the 2017 National Disciple Making Forum, NewChurches.com and LifeWay will focus on how to mature people through disciple making. After all, you will never be able to grow or multiply your church without first maturing your congregation through disciple making. Daniel Im and his team at LifeWay are leading a track at the 2017 National […]

Taking the “I” Out of Discipleship

Taking the “I” Out of Discipleship

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. The first, and perhaps the most obvious, problem with The Human Paradigm is that we never arrive! Have you noticed that X is ever-elusive? The closer you get […]

Transforming the Culture of Youth Ministry

Transforming the Culture of Youth Ministry

“Many of Christ’s initial disciples were teenagers.” That simple statement from a college professor, along with a study of the Harmony of the Gospels and Jesus’ leadership methods, sparked the supernatural movement of Sonlife. In September of 1979, the first Sonlife Strategy Conference convened with 22 youth pastors in Wheaton, Illinois. We’re as committed today—as […]

Chase the Strays

Chase the Strays

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download it free here. I love watching documentaries and educational programs about wildlife. When perusing television channels I rarely flip past something produced by National Geographic. One of my favorite specials is about African lions. Here’s […]

Every Mary Needs an Elizabeth

Every Mary Needs an Elizabeth

What is it about women and relationships? From the day we’re old enough to write our own name it’s our girlfriends who take center stage. It’s their approval we ache for and their company we desire most. Little girls giggle and hold hands while elderly women sit side by side and chatter away like happy […]

Connect the Unconnected

Connect the Unconnected

  This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download this eBook here in your favorite format at no cost. I recently noticed a sign hanging in a church foyer asking, “Are you connected?” As I stopped and read that sign, I wondered what […]