Free eBook – Say No to Discipleship?!?

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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. […]


4 Components of a Healthy Small Group Gathering

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whysmallgroupsareabigdeal

How do you answer the question, “What does your group do?” Probably the most common answers would be, “Our group… meets to discuss their pastor’s last message works their way through a book of the Bible always has a DVD-driven study eats a meal together twice a month chooses a service project to do together […]


8 Simple Ways to Pour Into Leaders

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Windshield Time

In the American church, we tend to think of leadership development as a classroom and curriculum-based process, but Jesus had a better idea: spend time with people. Jesus allowed His life to rub off on His chosen leaders and to pour His wisdom into them, and we can do the same. Sometimes it’s a matter of […]


Orphan Care is More Than Adoption

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OrphanJustice

By Russ Rankin For too long there has been a disconnect between the church and issues surrounding orphan care, according to Johnny Carr, national director of church partnerships at Bethany Christian Services. Carr addresses the issues in “Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting,” a book from B&H Publishing Group designed to provide […]


Why the Afterlife Bores Us

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heaven&earth.proclaim

By Russell D. Moore I have long suspected that many Christians dread not just death but heaven. We won’t admit that, of course. Our hymnody, of whatever era, is filled with songs about the joy of the afterlife, and “what a day of rejoicing that will be.” We’re glad we’re not going to hell or […]


Consecrate the People: Praying in Full Surrender

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McFatridge.PrayerAction

By Claude King Years ago, while reading one of my dozens of books by Andrew Murray, I learned that our modern posture of prayer (kneeling with hands clasped with head bowed) didn’t come from Judaism but from a medieval ceremony. I undertook a study of that ceremony while writing a booklet, “Consecrate the People: Renewing […]


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