Does God Want Your Church to Grow?

Growth

Does God desire for your church to grow? The short and simple answer is “yes.” We can make this deduction from the fact that God has called us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) and that ultimately; disciples from all nations will be gathered together in heaven (Revelation 7:9). In the mean time, […]


The 7 Marks of Discipleship

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Can you give a clear, concise and biblically accurate description of a disciple of Jesus? If so, you are a select member of an elite club. I wonder if most ministers – let alone most Christians – really know what their ministry’s “finished product” is supposed to look like? I’m being reluctantly dragged to the […]


5 Honest Thoughts About Small Group Ministry

Small Group Bible Study

I am a natural born analyst.  Not a day goes by that I’m not analyzing what I’m reading, what I’m hearing, what I’m seeing. As I analyze any small group system or aspect of a strategy, I always add a few important understandings and questions.  First, I am sure there are no problem-free solutions.  Second, I’m quick […]


Why Multiplication Matters

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Revelation 7:9-10 reveals a future scene in heaven. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud […]


Free eBook – In Plain Sight: A Primer For Reclaiming Discipleship In The Local Church

In Plain Sight

American evangelicalism has been blindsided. Our cities and our world have changed.  In our missional focus to reach the city, we have realized our inability to reach the entire urban context—specifically the individuals that don’t fit into the majority culture.  Somehow it has been accepted to do ministry and create disciples, while ignoring certain portions that aren’t as […]


Free eBook – Say No to Discipleship?!?

Say No to Discipleship

It sounds crazy, right? Say no to discipleship? But what if the way we have typically done “discipleship” is not the way Jesus intended for us to make disciples? If we do need to reconsider or stop doing something, what is it? One thing we know–discipleship done in ways Jesus didn’t intend will result in […]


Is Your Discipleship Whole?

Holistic Discipleship

Discipleship has been used and misused to the point that the word itself has become almost meaningless. It begs for clarification. Everyone would agree that discipleship should be transformational (Check out Transformational Discipleship by Geiger, Kelley, and Nation). But what exactly is being transformed? At this point I see three popular, yet incomplete, views: 1)   Belief-Driven Discipleship: This […]


New Book DiscipleShift Releases This Week

DiscipleShift

DiscipleShift: Five Steps to Help Your Church Make Disciples Who Make Disciples (Zondervan/Exponential) by Jim Putman (with Robert Coleman and Bobby Harrington) releases this week at Exponential 2013! The signature book for Exponential ’13, DiscipleShift walks readers through five key “shifts” that churches must make to refocus on the biblical mission of discipleship: From Reaching to Making From […]


Relationships Are Definitely Not Secondary

Friendship

When we look at Scripture, we can see that Jesus continually spent time with people.  It wasn’t Plan B for him, it was his whole mission.  He had a desire to be with people and could often be found in small and large gatherings.  Somewhere in our culture, we have lost site of the fact […]


Easter Is a Season for Growth

Easter Season

Easter will be here in just fourteen days and this is one the greatest seasons for growth in the life of the church.  The weeks leading up to Easter give us an opportunity for our own spiritual growth and renewal plus they offer us an unparalleled opportunity for inviting unchurched people to come to church. […]


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