Monday, May 2, 2016

Last Thursday and This Summer...

If you missed our PALCO lunch last Thursday, then we missed you.

However, we didn't let your absence stop us from being crazy and having fun together.

AND it was a great time of food and Romans 1:12 disciplemaking friendships.

(Bill White and David Keithley were wandering around somewhere when this picture was taken—probably taking another trip through the pizza bar!)

Here's your invitation to SAVE THE DATE and join PALCO on it's next adventure together.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Summer of Love for God, Volunteers, and Your Ministry

Here's something they probably didn't teach you at seminary or Bible college...
If you really want your ministry to thrive for the glory of God, then you'd better figure out how to finddevelop, and retain volunteers.

I have great news for you!

This is your invitation to make this summer 2016 a "summer of love" for God, volunteers, and your ministry.

Session #1 Finding Volunteers
We'll explore five practical ways to turn pew potatoes into passionate participators.

Plus we'll explore...
* Why volunteers want a mission not just tasks
* How to develop a volunteer "job description" for your ministry
* How NOT to ask volunteers for help
* How to train volunteers to find more volunteers

Thursday, June 29, 2016, from 9 AM to 12 noon

The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Session #2 Developing Volunteers
We'll explore twelve motivating factors that make volunteers tick and why it matters.

Plus we'll explore...
* Why working with volunteers requires real leadership
* The differences between a boss and a leader
* How we demotivate volunteers and how to stop it
* The power of feedback to and from volunteers

Thursday, July 21, 2016, from 9 AM to 12 noon

The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Session #3 Retaining Volunteers
We'll explore seven ways to retain highly effective volunteers. 

Plus we'll explore...
* Why volunteers quit leaders and not ministries
* How to encourage volunteers
* How to train volunteers—not just organize them
* The three minute difference

Thursday, August 25,  2016, from 9 AM to 12 noon

The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Each of these three training sessions are filled with practical tools for personal and team assessments. You'll leave with clear next steps for immediate application.

This training is for anyone who oversees a ministry—volunteers and/or paid staff. If possible, please bring another leader (volunteer or paid staff) from your church or ministry as this will help you both process and apply this training experience. If you aren't able to bring someone from your church or ministry, you're welcome to bring another ministry leader from your network or denomination. If you can't find anyone else to join you for one or more of these training sessions, please come yourself.

There is a onetime cost of $30 per person for training materials whether you participate in one, two, or all three of these summer equipping experiences.

Each person will get the newly updated, revised, and expanded edition of Recruiting, Motivating, and Retaining Volunteers—a handbook for anyone who works with volunteers in a ministry setting. 

To save your spot in one or more of these training sessions, please email Bill and let him know what dates you'll be attending.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Save the Date: April 28, 2016

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Thursday, April 28
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!

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.