Discipleship

061 - You Were Made To Make Disciples

This conversation takes place on July 28, 2019. I had my friend and disciple maker, Jeff McDaniel, come and join me at New Life Linton Hall. Our goal was to give clarity to what it actually means to “make disciples.”

We discuss very practically, some opportunities for everyone to take next steps in being a disciple who makes disciples. In many ways it boils down to these things:

  1. Experience Jesus personally!

  2. Abide in Christ daily through Scripture reading and prayer!

  3. Share your experience with Jesus with someone you know who doesn’t know Christ!

We discuss very practical next steps that you can take within any 24-hour period to become a disciple who makes disciples.

060 - You Were Made To Follow Jesus!

This sermon was recorded during New Life’s “Made” series. The big idea is simply, “You were made to be covered in the dust of your Rabbi.”

The premise flows from a writing in Avot 1:4 in the Mishna. When we read the Bible with Western eyes, we miss the absolute beauty and brilliance of what God is up to and how it all fits together. Following Jesus is about far more than learning a few facts in a Bible study. It is about being completely covered in the dust from His feet because we are following Him so closely.

Follower of Jesus - Church - my prayer for you is that you will be covered in the dust of your Rabbi, Jesus!

059 - Disciple Making Movements

This conversation is sure to inspire, challenge and convict many of us in our current ministry areas. I am so excited to have Jon Ralls on this episode. He is a former college professor, soccer coach and now a friend in ministry. I love what he is doing and what God is up to through him. He is going to lay out for you in this episode what God is up to.

Jon shares about his work with "Media 2 Movement" and the "Zume Project." Through those ministries, God is bringing about a disciple-making movement through Jon and his teams around the globe. But it's not just anywhere. Disciples makers are being made and simple churches are starting in some of the hardest to reach areas in the world. Nations that we can't name for security reasons. Nations that are anti-Christian. Nations where persecution is real and Christians are called to die for their faith. 

And in the middle of all of this amazing work, he is also fighting cancer. He is a warrior on so many levels. Not only his military experience, but also his work for Christ and fighting cancer. His story is truly inspiring and encouraging.

Highlights |

  • My passion is to see that there are no unreached or unengaged people groups with the Gospel.
  • There are going to be millions of people who are born, get married and live life but never once hear the name Jesus. That's unacceptable to me.
  • Our teams are working in countries that are sending people to ISIS and because of disciple making movements we are seeing tens of people every month baptized in these places.
  • We spent $26 on Facebook ads and 30 people wanted to learn about Jesus and were passionate about getting Bibles.
  • Discipleship and evangelism aren't separate. You can do both at the same time.
  • We are training people to be the church and to reach people in other groups in their relational sphere of influence (oikos).
  • If we're going to plant, we must plant in our weakness. God, only you can do this.
  • Our current systems in the church create dependency not disciples.
  • We need to go on the offensive. Do a prayer walk around and get to know your neighborhood.
  • Make a list of 100 people you know who don't know Jesus. Then list 5 you want to talk to about Him.
  • The people who have the hardest time listing lost people they know are pastors.
  • The Holy Spirit is pretty good at what He does.
  • What struck me about the early church and its growth to millions was not what they had, but what they did not have and yet they flourished.
  • We utilize generational mapping that can see disciples out to the 8th generation.
  • There are movements here in the States that are happening. Generational, simple gatherings of believers that consider themselves the church.
  • That is what's so attractive about the church. It is Jesus in our midst and the Spirit working in our lives.
  • I truly believe that we could see the fulfillment of seeing the Gospel in all places in our lifetime. We could finish the task.
  • I love the church. I love it in every form and place. I love those who love the Bride of Christ.

Links |

Disciple Tools - https://disciple.tools

Kingdom Training - https://kingdom.training

Zume Project - https://zumeproject.com

The Rise of Christianity - by Rodney Stark - https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Christianity-Marginal-Religious-Centuries/dp/0060677015/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521843083&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=Lies+of+Christianity+Rodney+Stark

Simple Church - by Thom Rainer - https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Church-Returning-Process-Disciples/dp/0805447997/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521850866&sr=8-1&keywords=simple+church&dpID=41jF-8jr4pL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

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051 - Leadership Development

All pastors should be in the business of leadership development. If you aren't developing leaders around you and preparing people to lead in ministry areas, then you are probably building your ministry around you and limiting your church to whatever you can accomplish. The most important part of leadership development is deciding to develop leaders. After that, it's all about putting it together.

Matt Adair joins me from Athens, Georgia. He is a former National Director for the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. He is currently a lead pastor and coaches leaders through 5 Factors Leadership. In this episode he shares practical insights into how to go about developing leaders.

Highlights

  1. Leadership development is taking someone who is a leader or potential to be a leader and helping them maximize their potential.
  2. Leaders are all around you. You probably call them volunteers.
  3. One thing that connects all leaders is a sense of competence.
  4. Three development questions: 1. How are you? 2. What are you working on? 3. How can I help you?
  5. To find leaders, clarify what leadership is and what opportunities for leadership there are.

Links

5 Factors Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/five-factors-a-podcast-about-leadership/id1280143273?mt=2

5 Factors Leadership - https://fivefactors.net/welcome

Pipeline Academy - https://fivefactors.net/sales-page15679704

Follow Matt on Twitter - https://twitter.com/mattadair

Weekly Email

I send a weekly email out on Friday mornings full of great content from around the web. I include a ministry leader you should be following on social media. And I throw in some other fun stuff along the way like Starbucks gift cards so you can get a cup of coffee in the morning. You can subscribe at stanrodda.com and I'll throw in my eBook for FREE as my way of saying, "Thanks."

050 - Vision, Strategy and Values

I invited Daniel Im to come and speak with me on the topic of vision, strategy and values. He recently shared a 90-second video with Lifeway Leadership on these three things. I asked him to come and break it down a little further and to spend time getting practical on how we develop these three areas in ministry.

Highlights:

  1. Bi-vocational Ministry - Lifeway is developing a pathway for bi-vocational pastors at new churches.com.
  2. 90-second Video - distinguishing vision, strategy and values. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm2j-UgXFIA
  3. Your strategy can be broken down into two strands: leadership pipeline and discipleship pathway.
  4. Four categories to discover vision through a "Vision Audit": community history, community context, church people and church leadership context.
  5. Prepare for strategic trade-offs in your ministry. You must be as prepared for what you say "No" to as what you say "Yes" to.
  6. If everyone can say "Yes" to your values, they aren't clear enough.

Daniel Im's website - danielim.com

Follow him on Twitter - http://twitter.com/danielsangi

His book "No Silver Bullets" - https://www.amazon.com/No-Silver-Bullets-Transform-Ministry/dp/1433651548/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514651460&sr=8-1&keywords=no+silver+bullets

Weekly Email

I send a weekly email out on Friday mornings full of great content from around the web. I include a ministry leader you should be following on social media. And I throw in some other fun stuff along the way like Starbucks gift cards so you can get a cup of coffee in the morning. You can subscribe at stanrodda.com and I'll throw in my eBook for FREE as my way of saying, "Thanks."