Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Where Disciplemaking Friends Gather...

Thursday, January 28
11:30 AM-1 PM
Double A's, Peoria IL
7301 N. Radnor Rd
Peoria, IL 61615

At this lunch, we'll wrestle the big question..

"Why youth ministries fail and what to do about it?

Please give it some thought and come with ideas.

Expect 90 minutes of great food, no programming, and lots of Romans 1:12 opportunities for mutual connection, encouragement, and community.

Bring your Bible.

Invite a non-PALCO friend if you're so inclined.

If you're attending, please email me ASAP so I can make sure we're good to go with Double A's.

Can't wait!

Monday, January 4, 2016

An Equipping Opportunity for You and Those You Know...

Our disciplemaking friend, Aaron Yoder, let me know this First Mennonite in Morton, IL, is hosting this (below) and I thought you might like an invite.
We are intentionally connecting with Eastern Mennonite Missions Peacemakers Team - an organization which builds relationships among Muslim communities - in order to equip believers to be...
1) better informed about the Muslim religion and
2) to know how to have spiritual conversations with Muslim neighbors about Jesus.
In order to do this, we are hosting a workshop entitled "Understanding Your Muslim Neighbor" on Saturday, January 23rd from 8:30am until Noon.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Childcare will not be provided.  The event is free.

We believe the timing is important because our culture is tending to either be fearful of Muslims or inclusive about all religions.  Instead, we are choosing a peaceful proclamation of the gospel. 

The presenter is Jonathan Bornman from Pennsylvania.  He is a cross-cultural trainer and Christian/Muslim relations consultant who severed in Senegal for 10 years as a church planter and saw many Muslims come to believe in Jesus as the Messiah.
The EMM vision for such workshops are explained from their brochure, which reads:
“Many Muslims have questions about the Christian faith. But often Christians do not know how to respond to those questions, or they are afraid that they might offend their Muslim acquaintances. I hope we can help to equip Christians to follow the apostle Peter’s counsel: Commit to Jesus as Lord. Respond to all questions people may ask, and demonstrate a spirit of gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).”
Here are links to our advertising materials:
Muslim Neighbor Workshop Poster (PDF)
Muslim Workshop Letter (PDF)
Muslim Workshop Ad (JPEG)

If you do have an interest in attending and plan to bring more than 6 people from your church, please RSVP to our church office at 309-266-7591 so we can plan accordingly.  This invitation is going to several area churches as well as our local Mennonite network.

Monday, December 14, 2015

2016 PALCO Havering Adventure

Let's all take a Bible reading adventure together in 2016, invite our other friends to join us, and share what we're learning with each other. 

Always an invitation. Never any pressure.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Three Important Things for YOU...

1. Save the Date!
Our next PALCO lunch gathering will be Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:30 AM to 1 PM. It will be at Pizza Ranch in Morton. Mark it in your calendar NOW! It's the time and place disciplemaking friends gather to share lunch and life.

2. You're Invited
If you missed the PALCO training morning we did at Grace Presbyterian on October 17th (see pictures below), it's not too late to be a part of this on Saturday AM on October 31st.. (Let me know ASAP if you want to be a part of this.)

3. Pics from PALCO Training
We had so much fun at the PALCO Saturday morning of training volunteer ministry leaders! We packed out Grace Presbyterian's high school youth room with volunteers from your ministries. It was a fun, highly interactive, and rich time of hunkering down on what it means for us to follow Jesus and help students follow Jesus.

For a measly $5 per person, we put about $20 of training materials into the hands of volunteers so they could continue to drill down on following Jesus together back in their local church ministries.

Times around the table were rich in Word, prayer, encouragement, community and practical application—and accountability.

Many of the groups went out for lunch after the training to continue to process and apply—not just to our lives—but to our ministries.

Some tables we're wilder than others.

It was so much fun to be with PALCO leaders and the volunteers who serve Jesus with them.

You can bet lecture and talking from the front was kept to a minimum.

We had two goals for the morning together...

1. To encourage hearts to love Jesus and students.
2. To equip hands to serve Jesus and students.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Lunch with Your Disciplemaking Friends!

(Click image below to enlarge.)
Thursday, September 24
11:30 AM-1 PM
Pizza Ranch in Morton, IL

Because the Apostle Paul thinks disciplemaking friendships matter...

"When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours." —Paul, Romans 1:12

Expect 90 minutes of great food, low programming, and lots of Romans 1:12 opportunities for mutual connection, encouragement, and community.

Invite a non-PALCO friend if you're so inclined.

If you're attending and bringing a friend, please email me ASAP so I can make sure we're good to go with Pizza Ranch.

Can't wait!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Especially for Volunteers Who Serve with You

As you unleash volunteers to serve in ministry with you this fall, you really should invest at least a morning encouraging and equipping them.
So this fall, PALCO is going to do something a little different. We're going to help YOU encourage and equip the volunteers who serve in ministry with you.

Here are the gory details on this fun, engaging, practical, and biblically-based day together with the most important people who serve in ministry with you...

* Volunteer youth leaders
* Volunteer children ministry leaders
* Volunteer college-age ministry leaders
* Paid ministry leaders

Session #1 Encouraging Hearts to Love
* Your First and Most Important Job as a Volunteer in Ministry
* How to Be a Disciple Who Makes More Disciples
* The Art and Skill of Inflow, Overflow, Repeat
* Following Jesus TOGETHER

Coffee, goodies, Cadre resource table, and bathrooms, but most of all, community!

Session #2 Equipping Hands to Serve
* Caring for Kids and Students: How to Handle 101-Type of Issues
* Caring for Kids and Students: How to Handle 911-Type of Issues
* Why Relationships Matter in Ministry
* Why and How Volunteers Are Disciplemakers

Team Application Time

Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
* Doors will open at 8 AM for coffee and goodies
* Every team is encouraged to enjoy their own lunch together after.

Grace Presbyterian Church
8607 N. State Rt 91
Peoria, IL 61615

* $5 per person at the door. That's not a typo. It's $5 per person.
* If someone can't afford the $5, bring them. I'll pay for them.
* At the door we'll take cash, checks (should be made out to "Cadre Ministries"), or you can also use a credit card.
* A no-guilt, no-expectation love offering will also be taken for your favorite disciplemaking missionaries with seven kids who serve with Cadre Ministries.

Bonus Resources
We'll have a table full of your favorite Cadre resources for encouraging and equipping volunteers and students—all for sale at discounted prices at the training.

Please let me know ASAP via email about how many will be in your group. Registration deadline (for the procrastinators) is Thursday, October 15 (2 days before the training date).

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Save these 2 Dates RIGHT NOW!

1. Lunch with Disciplemaking Friends
Thursday, September 24
11:30 AM-1 PM
Pizza Ranch in Morton, IL

Because disciplemaking friendships matter.

2. A morning of encouragement and equipping for the volunteers, students, and staff who serve in ministry with you.
Saturday, October 17
8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Peoria Area

Details will be forthcoming. Stay tuned. For now save this date and let those you want to bring with you know to save the date too!