Top 10 Posts for 2010
10. 10 Factors in Developing Leaders (Nov 10, 2010)
One of the most important coaching topics that I am asked to address is in the area of Leadership Development. Pastors, church planters and missional leaders are constantly facing the challenge of recruiting, developing and raising up leaders. There are never enough leaders! Therefore, a commitment to ongoing leadership development is the only way to have more and better leaders. (read more …)
9. Day 2: Feed Yourself Spiritually (Aug 2, 2010)
Reading the Bible (especially the Gospels) and talking to God in prayer will help you to capture Jesus’ missionary heart. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” He helps us to see that the words of God are His spiritual food — and they are also spiritual food for those who join Him in His mission! (read more …)
8. What is the Gospel Message? (Oct 31, 2010)
While on earth, Jesus continually proclaimed the gospel message. “Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.” (Matt 9:35) “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.'” (Mark 1:14-15) (read more…)
7. Paul Kaak on Missional Living (Jul 19, 2010)
Dr. Paul Kaak is an associate professor of leadership at Azusa Pacific University and someone who has taught me a lot about living out the mission of Jesus. I’m so grateful that we’ve been close friends for over 30 years. Paul inspires me. He makes me think. He encourages me. He gives me hope. His practical approach is built on a depth of spiritual wisdom that has matured through hours and hours of time with and learning from Jesus. He fully comprehends organic church and organic movements. He is truly a missional thinker. But more than that, he’s found joy in living a missional life. (read more…)
6. Pemco: Understanding the Culture (part 1) (Sep 8, 2010)
As a missionary in your own zip code, it’s important to understand those in the culture around you. How do you do that? …Seek to be a learner. Just two years ago this weekend, my family and I moved to the Pacific Northwest. I’d grown up in sunny Southern California and lived most of my life within 30 miles of where I was born. I love almost everything about California and enjoyed living there. I took pride in being a Southern California native! Moving to the Pacific Northwest was quite a transition. Here are a few of the things that I’ve learned… (read more…)
5. Cookie Jars and Church Planters (Jul 14, 2010)
I love cookies! I love eating them. I love making them. I love the taste of them. I love how they smell when they come right out of the oven. I get excited just thinking about cookies. Can you sene my joy over good cookies? Recently I’ve been thinking about how making cookies relates to church planting. As I work with church planters, I’ve seen that many of them are more interested in designing cookie jars than they are in making cookies. They spend a lot of time and effort and money on having great cookie jars. They look at other cookie jars and try to copy the best designs that they can find. They dream of having large, over-flowing cookie jars – Mega Cookie Jars. (read more…)
4. Pastors Don’t Know HOW to Make Disciples (Jul 20, 2010)
One of the reasons that many pastors don’t personally disciple anyone is that they don’t know HOW to make disciples. That’s what one of my friends suggested to me in a recent email. He writes, “One of my concerns is that pastors are not personally and intentionally involved in making disciples. One reason I believe is because they were never discipled themselves and they just don’t know how to do it.” (read more…)
3. Day 1: Seize the Mission of Jesus! (Aug 1, 2010)
This first day is to help you begin to Seize the Mission of Jesus as your own. As followers of Jesus, Christians must align themselves and their activities with Jesus’ mission. You don’t need to discover your own personal mission in life, but rather to know, understand, and embrace Jesus’ mission. In order to do this you must answer the question – What is Jesus’ mission? Then you can consider – What is my part in Jesus’ mission? (read more…)
2. Invitation: Take the Missional Challenge (Jul 27, 2010)
You are invited to Take the Missional Challenge: 31 Days to Align with Jesus’ Mission! Each day includes specific tasks to help you discover what missional living is all about, and action steps to start “being Jesus” to those around you! “Take the Missional Challenge” is an opportunity to dive into missional living head first. Your life will never be the same! (read more…)
1. Top 20 Books on Church Planting (Nov 8, 2010)
Leaders are Readers! What books would help church planters and church planting teams? Over the years I’ve read a lot of books on Church Planting, Evangelism, Leadership, Discipleship, Missions, Outreach, Church Administration, Church Growth, Spiritual Disciplines, and so much more. I want to recommend these books on church planting. (read more…)
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