This is my confession. I’m sorry… To all the people who I once pastored in an institutional church… I am sorry that I didn’t know then what I know now. My church and Bible school experience did not adequately prepare me to walk you to complete freedom in Jesus’ name. Nor did I disciple you howContinue reading “A Pastor’s Confession”
I believe Disciple Making Movements (DMMs) are critical to the growth of Christ’s kingdom in Canada. Typically, ‘church’ growth in Canada happens when people move from one ‘church’ to the next. And, if there are new people coming to Christ, rarely is anyone discipling them. The goal is to make disciples, who make disciples, whoContinue reading “Disciple Making Movements (DMMs) are Critical in Canada”
If what you’re doing isn’t working, why keep doing it? (…Or at least add an additional track like one mega church in Texas did after doing the math. For that full story, see link at bottom of this post.) This past weekend, I enjoyed sitting in on a session with a gentleman serving overseas (cannotContinue reading “Disciple making Movements?”
The other day I had a delightful call with a young leader who brought up the topic of how a Pastor’s role appears to have terribly wandered today. I did a little digging on what others are saying… “Most books on church growth and leadership today argue that if pastors continue to do what pastorsContinue reading “What is the true job of a pastor?”
“Success is not the pastor or the staff executing all the ministry; it’s them equipping the saints to do the work of ministry.” “If you seek to build a church, you rarely produce disciples…If you seek to make disciples, you always get the church.” “Pray about God giving you 3-5 men you can invest your lifeContinue reading “Discipleship Things We’ve Forgotten”
I’ve put together a little page of my favourite basics of disciple-making to help you get started with a friend or group… Head on over here to the disciple making and mentoring page and enjoy making a difference in someone’s life!
After reading these two pages which were written back in 1987, I am pondering again yet another confirmation of how much I needed (still need) a detox… and full repair… (From Danny Lehman’s book: “Bringin’ ‘Em Back Alive“) Constant brainstorming meetings year, after year, over who (men / women) and what ‘methods’ of disciplemaking is rightContinue reading “I’m in detox”
Why do we think we need a program? (How to Live Life) Basic Christian Living 101: Our minds are so programmed to be in a program…for everything. (Thank you Henry Ford for your assembly line model…) We go to an education program, we go to a fitness program, we go to a sports program… WeContinue reading “Quit the Program?”
“Constantly choosing to be busy may be an unconscious attempt to have value before the Lord. To deepen requires exactly the opposite! We must slow down, choosing to spend blocks of time with God in private. We need to let go of the value we place on service, availability and busyness and take up theContinue reading “What God Truly Calls Us To”
If your church is over 20 years old and you’ve made no disciples, you know your focus is off.