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!

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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!

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Proverbs 24:32 Moment

The story I'm about to share with you saddens my soul. I'm certainly NOT pointing any fingers at anyone or any ministry. I'm sharing this story simply because I'm hoping you'll hear the Holy Spirit whisper into your soul as you read it.

I know I did.

The book of Proverbs admonishes us to "observe" what's going on around us and to "learn a lesson" from what we see:

"I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:"
—Proverbs 24:32

It's in the spirit of Proverbs 24:32 that I share this story.

After you finish reading, I dare you to answer to this question:
What lessons do you see in this story for your life?

Better yet, gather a few of your closest friends and dare to share with each other how this story speaks to your life.

Bonus Thought Here.

"Watch your life and doctrine closely."
—Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Summit on Sexual Purity

Our very own Doug Rumbold will be leading this PALCO Summit on Sexual Purity.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
9 AM to 12 NOON
(Continental goodies will be available at 8:30 AM. Training starts immediately at 9 AM.)

The Cabin
Tremont, IL

Part One:
  • What does God’s word say about porn? Looking at OT and NT references to sexual immorality and seeing what trends they reveal.
  • History of pornography, especially from a Western perspective.
  • Statistics
  • Consequences 
Part Two:
  • Getting to the heart (a practical strategy ANYONE can use to get to the sin beneath the sin.
  • Brief look at resources
  • Relevant Q & A time to close 

$5 per person for love gift to Doug and training materials. For those so inclined, we can go out to lunch together afterward as well.

Please RSVP online ASAP right now by clicking here.

Doug wants each person attending to take this ANONYMOUS survey. The survey is completely anonymous and only Doug will be able to see results—but he won't be able to tell who submitted it.

Here's a purity FREEBIE you can download right now and share with others!

Monday, March 9, 2015

This Generation Wants to Change the Word. Here's How YOU Can Help Them Do It Like Jesus!

You, the volunteers who serve with you, the staff at your church, your family members, and the key students in your youth ministry are invited to participate Cadre's Evangelism Is Relationships training experience.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
8 :30 AM to 12:30 PM
(Continental goodies will be available at 8 AM. Training starts immediately at 8:30 AM.)

Grace Presbyterian Church
Peoria, IL

$15 per person for training materials.

Please RSVP your group ASAP with Bill.

Training Content?
Read below for complete details...
God wants to use YOU and your friends to make a difference in your world.

But where do you start?

You start right where you are.

In Cadre's Evangelism Is Relationships training experience, you will learn to live a biblical process for impacting your world like Jesus.

Session 1 iNTERCEDE 
Love the Lord. Making a difference in your world requires the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, you must learn to connect with the heart of God via prayer for those He has placed in your relational sphere of influence.

Session 2 iNVEST
Be a Friend. The natural result of connecting with God's heart is a desire to love people with God's love. We will explore how Jesus intentionally befriended those in his relational sphere of influence—and how we can follow His example.

Session 3 iNTERSECT
Truth and Grace. We'll explore how Jesus brought God's truth and grace to people in His relational sphere of influence. Then, taking our cues from Jesus, we'll explore how to bring God's truth and grace to those in our relational sphere of influence.

Session 4 iNVITE
Share God's Story. God uses ordinary people like you and me to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. We'll explore how to clearly share God's story, our own God story, and how invite others into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
    To get a feel for this training experience, you can download a FREE two page PDF here.

    Each person gets a 28-page training manual AND a 25 day follow-through John 3:16  Factor Living Guide that is good for personal use and great for small group use.