The recent Saddleback sermon series Follow Me has featured some of the best teaching pastors in the US. So far we have heard from Greg Laurie, Francis Chan, Wilfredo De Jesus, Russell Moore, Jud Wilhite, Perry Noble, Judah Smith, and Doug Fields. Our aim is to serve our community of pastors and church leaders. Choose any one part of the Follow Me sermon series as a free download by using the coupon code FOLLOW13 at checkout. Click here. (excludes DVDs).Continue Reading
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As a member of The Rocket Company, I have the privilege of attending some of the greatest Christian conferences possible. During the first half of 2013, four events in particular stood out. I am honored to include them in my latest eBook 649 Leadership Quotes: Timeless Truths From The 2013 Passion, Exponential, Orange, Chick-Fil-A Leadercast Conferences.
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Here are the events you will learn from:
Passion 2013 was a historic gathering as 60,000 students descended upon the Georgia Dome for an amazing time of worship and to bring attention to the 27 million trapped in slavery around the globe.
Exponential ’13 took place in Orlando during the month of April. The focus of this conference was DiscipleShift. While you may be unfamiliar with word, this group of church planters has a deep desire to see churches more effective at making and releasing disciples.
Orange is a Children’s Ministry Conference that every adult should attend. While there, I made it a point to attend as many Pastors Tracks as possible. A little preview – the Pastors Lunch is the best session I…Continue Reading
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 accessible; they were quarantined and unseen.
Now, however, it’s impossible to ignore what is quickly taking over. This new urban – the dense and diverse – is transforming and shaping our culture, society and neighborhoods. As leaders, we’d be foolish to make our mission anything other than the city in its entirety- beautiful parts and complicated. There’s no more looking the other way.
That is why In Plain Sight seeks to develop a holistic strategy for discipling America’s true urban: those in plain sight.
This free resource includes:
- A wholistic strategy for making disciples
- A primer for discipleship in your group of church
- Insights and perspectives that will shake the status quo
- A how-to manual on reaching people you have previously overlooked
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 disciples that Jesus didn’t intend, e.g., people who make presentations rather than have presence; who follow moralism rather than the Messiah; and who measure their spirituality with a mirror rather than in community. In this free resource, Jason C. Dukes offers some context to the assertion that we should say no to discipleship as well as five suggested shifts toward discipling as Jesus intended.Continue Reading
Recently Tim Peters published a post entitled ’5 Things Every Church Should Communicate Every Sunday’. He received tons of positive comments and hundreds of Tweets and Facebook Likes. He decided to produce an extended version of the post in a eBook format, and he added two additional ‘things’ every church should communicate every Sunday.
You will definitely enjoy this eBook and the material will be easy for you to pass along to other church leaders and volunteers.Continue Reading
It happened early on. It was an intentional choice, says New Hope Christian Fellowship Founder/Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. He had to decide whether to build a big church or big people. He chose big people. So for the first 15 years, Cordeiro led his church to plant more than 70 churches. Another intentional decision early on, Cordeiro says, was whether he would be a Kingdom builder or an empire builder. I chose the former, he shares. It was the more expensive road to take. But we made that choice in the first five years of our church plant, and from those decisions, God led us on an amazing adventure.
Shrinking the Megachurch is an autobiographical journey that led New Hope to where they are today, 134 churches later. In this free resource, Cordeiro shares lessons and lesions, signposts and stretch marks of the leadership decision that God has honored. More than 5,000 people have gone on to populate the 24 church plants in one city alone. And God is not done yet. Learn from the indispensable leadership decisions Cordeiro made early on to shrink the megachurch.Continue Reading
by Emily Lawyer
We all know we should read our Bibles, that finding time for a bit of silence and solitude is good for the soul. But how many people are actually doing it?
In this free resource, author Emily Lawyer introduces us to a God-centered discipleship process that has proven effective with both men and women. Instead of focusing on what a passage of Scripture means to our lives, Lawyer’s process turns it around, encouraging participants to ask, “What does this Scripture make me appreciate about God?” Eventually, 80 percent of men and women in her church became involved in a small group using this uncomplicated approach and, Lawyer says, grew excited about reading the Bible. “One their own, they were uncovering and internalizing profound truths,” she writes.
The book features two sections. Section one details the reasons for solitude and need to center our thoughts on who God truly is while section two is written specifically to guide anyone in vocational ministry interested in implementing this approach and includes a more detailed description of the process and how it plays out in a church setting.
Every church planter should consider this small…Continue Reading
To the modern mind, the idea of someone being raised from the dead is utterly implausible. People don’t beat death, especially after being in the grave three days. Yet, this claim is at the heart of the Christian faith–the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Is this belief a mass delusion? How could it possibly be credible? If the resurrection were true, what difference would it really make? Raised? encourages you to doubt the resurrection, but to doubt it well. It also shows how an otherworldly claim makes sense of the world we live in. Whether you are a skeptic, a believer, or somewhere in between, this book will help you question and appreciate the resurrection.Continue Reading
The resurrection changes everything. Can I get an Amen?
This incredible video by one of WorshipHouse Media’s top producers tells the story of an empty tomb that offers hope and life to all, and is a great introduction to your service, worship set, or sermon this Easter Season.Continue Reading
Sometimes the simplest things can get lost in tradition or become over complicated due to confusion or lack of practice. Sometimes we are just too smart for our own good. The reality of who we are as Christians, the Church and as disciples, while having historical and eternal importance, has become somewhat muddled in our modern understanding and dialogue.
As the conversation around being “missional” has come front and center within certain church circles in recent years, it seems that many of us struggle to grasp and/or explain the basics to others. This short book of simple pictures and conversations is meant to offer a starting point–a way to get, or keep, the dialogue going around some of the key issues surrounding who we are as the Church and what our mission really is.
This book includes drawings from Seth McBee’s Napkin Theology. You can use this free resource to understand, explain and illustrate the simplicity of discipleship and mission.
Download the free eBook here.Continue Reading
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 Our Covenant Commitments to Jesus Christ.”
The homage ceremony
In the homage ceremony a king, lord or landowner would call his vassals or subjects before him to pledge their loyalty and obedience to their lord. The king would hold out his open hands. The subject would kneel with bowed head and place his hands inside the hands of his king. Then he would say these words, “I am your man.” (The name of the ceremony comes from the Latin word for man.)
That simple statement essentially meant, “I belong to you.” It included the obligation to obey any request of the king, even the call to battle. That pledge of obedience also included a readiness to obey even if the assignment would cost the life of the subject. It could become a pledge of obedience even…Continue Reading
Pastor Rick Warren taught this message in 1983 as part of the series, How to Be At Peace Under Pressure. It’s a prime example of how the emphasis at Saddleback has always been connecting eternal truth to daily life. This download includes the transcript and the mp3.Continue Reading