Discipleship Things We’ve Forgotten

“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”

Quit the Program?

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?”

It Begins With You and Your Family

“What you accomplish for God beyond your home will never be greater than what you typically practice with God within your home. What have you done in the past seven days to disciple your own family?” – Dr Timothy Paul Jones

Creating Space for God

“Discipline is the other side of discipleship. Discipleship without discipline is like waiting to run in the marathon without ever practicing. Discipline without discipleship is like always practicing for the marathon but never participating. It is important, however, to realize that discipline in the spiritual life is not the same as discipline in sports. DisciplineContinue reading “Creating Space for God”

Lose Your Life

“Jesus’ secret to joy and life was simple: Die. …Against what all our instincts of self-preservation whisper to us every day, total surrender to Jesus is the safest investment we can make. Our only security is renunciation of all that this world holds secure. The safest and the hardest thing we can ever do. Jesus isContinue reading “Lose Your Life”

Vibrant Churches: Discipleship Plan

Discipleship Plan: Research has demonstrated that churches identified as “vibrant” were far more likely to have a discipleship process that was communicated with clarity, a process where members could understand where they were and what step they needed to take next to continue along the path of spiritual development. (Thom Rainer/Eric Geiger in Simple Church)Continue reading “Vibrant Churches: Discipleship Plan”

How Jesus Spent Time With People « Alan Fadling: Notes from my Unhurried Journey

A mentor of mine, Chuck Miller, suggested the value of reflecting in the gospels on how Jesus spent time with people. So that’s what I’m going to do here. When and with whom is He one-on-one? In small groups? In larger groups? Read… How Jesus Spent Time With People « Alan Fadling: Notes from myContinue reading “How Jesus Spent Time With People « Alan Fadling: Notes from my Unhurried Journey”