4 Imperatives to Improving Obedience to Jesus

4 Imperatives to Improving Obedience to Jesus

In 1964 Dr. Robert Moog introduced an entirely new kind of instrument with the modular synthesizer. We played with some of the equipment as a family and had a lot of fun making the craziest sounds and looping tracks to create whatever music we could. We had a great time.

5 Distinguishing Factors Of A Kingdom Worker!

5 Distinguishing Factors Of A Kingdom Worker!

We are called to be Kingdom workers. Not just to work, but to be diligent and work hard. So what are the distinguishing factors of a Kingdom worker? What do they look like anyway? There are 5 key distinguishing factors that point out a Kingdom worker, a disciple who is making more disciples.

3 Lessons Learned To Develop A Healthy Team Culture

3 Lessons Learned To Develop A Healthy Team Culture

Over time I think we all let up a little bit on the gas pedal. We delegate away influence that we really need to maintain. Maybe it's just that we're tired and need to be more intentional about resting. Maybe it's that we need to take next steps and develop our own leadership to grow to the next level.

5 Actions To Restore Sabbath Rest In Our Lives

5 Actions To Restore Sabbath Rest In Our Lives

Discipleship at its core is obedience to God and God calls us to Sabbath rest. He can do more with our six days of effort than we can if we work all seven. Let’s get ahead of burn out and moral failures in our lives and churches by recommitting to Sabbath rest as a matter of obedience to God.

5 Key Elements in Preparing to Plant a Church

5 Key Elements in Preparing to Plant a Church

Maybe you’re reading this right now and believe that God has called you to plant a church. Or maybe you are exploring to test that calling. No matter where you are in the process, I can think of at least five key areas that will help you prepare to plant a church and each of them can be found in Passion 4 Planting’s “Church Planter Residency.”

Life Lessons from a 5-Year Old in Karate Class!

Life Lessons from a 5-Year Old in Karate Class!

We so often fall away from a challenge because we think it will scare people off. Our ego comes into play and we don’t want our numbers to suffer. So we don’t challenge or push the way we should. A strong challenge to a disciple’s next step might scare off some, but it will never scare off the right one.

How A Clear Definition Helps Create Disciples

How A Clear Definition Helps Create Disciples

A clear win in our disciple making efforts is as people begin to hear the voice of God and they begin to obey Him. They take next steps as they surrender to the Lordship of Jesus through obedience.

Back to the Basics: Memorizing Scripture

Back to the Basics: Memorizing Scripture

One of the things I remember most is memorizing Scripture. I was trained to memorize all sixty-six books of the Bible. Rehearsed verses over and over until we had them memorized. I knew from different places in the Bible, especially the life of David, that it was important to put Scripture to memory. I knew it mentally, but was unsure of why it was important for me practically. Here are a few reasons why it matters practically for each of us.

A Framework for Reading Scripture

A Framework for Reading Scripture

If we want to see a movement of disciple making happen in this nation, we must train at much deeper levels than that. Not only train, but bring tools to the table that everyone can reproduce and multiply in another. It has to be able to be accomplished beyond the pastor, or our hierarchy in the church will continue to choke out movement.

An Overlooked Disciple Making Moment!

An Overlooked Disciple Making Moment!

Jesus wasn’t enjoying a meal with like-minded Jews who were playfully bantering theology. Jesus was enjoying a meal with the disenfranchised, overlooked and those with a very different viewpoint on the way life was going in Israel than many of the leading religious leaders.

Disciple Making and the Family - Part 2

Disciple Making and the Family - Part 2

As we disciple our teams we are through them preparing them to disciple their families. The family where they naturally feel the most meaning. Instead of making parents feel bad for choosing their children over all the church activities during the week, let’s set them up to make disciples right where they are; in their families.

Disciple Making and the Family - Part 1

Disciple Making and the Family - Part 1

In other words, the person of peace strategy will work really well in many cases. Primarily because it was Jesus’ method of making disciples, therefore we know it will work. I wonder if there is a new opportunity for the church in America, however, when it comes to making disciples of families.

New York 'Okays' Late-Term Abortion

New York 'Okays' Late-Term Abortion

Americans celebrating infanticide. The horror is real. The evil is real. The sin is real. God allows humanity to walk away from Him. The further humanity walks away from God and into our own desires. As our hearts grow darker, we become more blind to the consequences of our actions.

Exponential Webinar with Carey Nieuwhof

Exponential Webinar with Carey Nieuwhof

This past Tuesday, Exponential hosted a free webinar with Carey Nieuwhof. Over the last few years Carey will write a blog post about upcoming disruptive trends for the church that will happen in the new year. He believes that churches should stay on top of current trends and change with them.

The 72 Hour Rule and Disciple Making

The 72 Hour Rule and Disciple Making

What should take me fifteen seconds has stretched out into months. Why? Because of the 72 hour rule! I simply haven’t set the goal, started a timer and been held accountable. In order to be successful in making disciples who make disciples, it is crucial to follow the 72-hour rule.

Reach Your 2019 Ministry Goals with MAP!

Reach Your 2019 Ministry Goals with MAP!

MAP stands for Ministry Action Plan. It’s a simple tool to help you set new ministry goals for the year and a pathway to achieve them. If you struggle seeing the entire year at a glance, or if you are simply behind in your planning, this tool will definitely help you create a path and stick with it.

Build Great Teams with the 4 C's!

Build Great Teams with the 4 C's!

The 4 C’s is a tool you can use when hiring someone new or when evaluating a team member’s current role. It’s a great tool to help ensure you hire the right person the first time and that your current team is in alignment with the mission of the church.