Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Let Cadre's Dave and Rennie Garda encourage and equip you... to encourage and equip others!
You are invited to join Cadre for...
Friday and Saturday, February 21-22, 2014
Peoria Christian School in Peoria, IL.

Dave and Rennie Garda will be doing these four training lab experiences on both Friday and Saturday...

Kavanah: A Missing Disciplemaking Concept
Dave and Rennie Garda,
Included in this workshop will be a first-century rabbi's disciplemaking glossary and the practical insights needed for God dependent ministry. We'll use youth ministry as an example, but the principles shared will be valued by those who work with families (even our own), children, youth, men and women. We'll explore the first-century teaching and training style of disciplemaking teachers and explore ways to bring these values into our ministries and families.

Why Youth Ministries Fail... and Is Yours Next?
Dave and Rennie Garda,
Encouragement on how to thrive and not just survive the adventure of being a youth worker in 2013. For all volunteer and paid youth leaders.

Pop Goes the Christian! What Makes You Spiritually POP?
Dave and Rennie Garda,
What is the simplest effective environment for "popping" disciples? Why do some disciples find their way into ministry roles while other believers seem satisfied to pew sit? What are your missing ingredients in your disciplemaking journey? This workshop will be shared in what Cadre Ministries calls a Disciplemaking Learning Community context. We trust that you'll learn as much from how this workshop is shared as you will from the teaching lessons we'll engage.

For Those Who Are CRAZY About Middle School Ministry
Dave and Rennie Garda,
We'd like to experience a community time of sharing the adventures and insights of the unique challenges of Middle School Ministry (Grades 5-6 and 7-8). We'll share key insights and some free tools to help you, but we want to hear your heart and questions for middle school ministry as well. So call this a 50/50 workshop... 50% planned equipping and encouragement and 50% hearing and learning from one another. Let's come together to learn more about how to engage with the BATTERIES INCLUDED GENERATION.

For complete details and registration information, go here.

Monday, February 10, 2014

PALCO Lunch Gathering 3/4/14

Save the Date
Tuesday, March 4th
11:30 AM-1PM
Pizza Ranch, Morton, IL
We'll have fun doing a Song of Solomon tune up!
(Who can resist lunch with Paul Cone? Not me.) 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Opportunities for PALCO Disciplemakers

Below you will find a few opportunities for disciplemaking friendship, encouragement, and training for you and the volunteers who serve with you in ministry. I hope you'll lean into these!

February 21-22
Peoria, IL
You can get disciplemaking training with Cadre missionaries, Dave and Rennie Garda. Here's a great day of encouragement and equipping for you and the volunteers who serve with you! Complete details here.

February 27-March 2
Four different days and locations throughout Wisconsin
Can you say, "Road Trip to Wisconsin"? Why would anyone in their right mind head north in February? Because you and those who serve with you will have a blast exploring what it means to be disciples who make more disciples. Complete details here.

March 14-15
Des Moines, IA
Complete details here..

April 12
Freeport, IL
Why you need to pack a van with volunteers and key students and take in this morning of encouragement and equipping. For more info, contact Bill.

May 3
Morton, IL
12:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Details about the content of this workshop here. Contact Bill if you'd like to participate.

May 9
Peoria, IL
This will be an official PALC Ongoing gathering! We'll sit together, take in the training together, eat together, and haver over what we're learning through a disciplemaking grid. Each person should register themselves and then we'll just meet up on May 9th! Complete details here.

Monday, February 3, 2014

THANK YOU for a great time exploring God's story TOGETHER!

Just wanted to say thank to each of you who made our exploration of God's true story a rich and practical learning adventure last Thursday. I want you to know that I value you DEEPLY and thank God for our disciplemaking friendship. (Click any image below to enlarge for viewing.)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Details for January 30th PALCO Gathering

On Thursday, January 30, 2014, PALC Ongoing will gather to explore and wrestle how the stories of the Bible are really telling one big true story—the story of God. We'll engage stuff like...
* What exactly is the BIG true story of God?
* How does God's true story intersect with our story?
* Who is the hero of every Bible story?
* How is the Old Testament about Jesus?
* Why is the Gospel not only biblical facts, but also God's true story?
* How can we communicate this story in a compelling/accurate way?
* What does it look like to walk people in our ministries through God's story?
* And much more...

If you have resources and ideas about telling the story of God, please bring them with you and be ready to share!

Thursday, January 30th

Coffee and goodies at 8:30 AM
Training from 9 AM to 2 PM

The Dream Center Peoria
714 Hamilton BLVD
Peoria, IL 61603

This gathering is for PALC alumni only.

$25 and includes both a hard copy resource and a digital file resource (bring your laptop or a large jump drive).

Please register with Bill ASAP via email. This helps us on the planning end of things.
* To pay tuition via regular mail, send a check to: Cadre Ministries, PO Box 264, Mossville, IL 61552 and include a note that the check is for PALCO.
* Even if you plan to pay on the day of our gathering via a credit card, please register with Bill via email ASAP.
(If money is truly an issue for you, let me know and I'll take care of it for you. Not joking. I love you.)

We'll all pick a place and go out for lunch together—or order something in. Plan on paying for your own lunch.

Be sure to bring your Bible, pen, and stuff you want to share with us about telling God's story.

Can You Help?
We need a someone to bring...
* healthy snacks
* donuts and goodies for the rest of us who don't care if we die young
* coffee
Please let Bill know ASAP if you can you help with one of these!

Can't wait to wrestle and explore the story of God with you at this upcoming PALCO on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Grand Story of the God as a FREE Movie

We are going to be gathering as PALCO pals for the day on Thursday, January 30, 2014. In addition to the FREE downloadable book that I told you about earlier on this blog, I'd also like to share a FREE movie that attempts to tell the BIG story of God starting at the beginning of the Bible and working through to the New Testament. (Note: This is NOT the Bible movie that was aired on television through the History Channel.)

I've watched the full movie version of this with my family.

I encourage you to do the same—as another way to prep for our day long PALCO gathering on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Here's the trailer that introduces a FREE online streaming video that tells the one story of the God of the Bible.  Check out the trailer and if you want more I've included a link to the full FREE online video of God's true story below.

(If video of movie trailer doesn't appear, go here.)

* You can view the entire movie FREE online at your own pace by going here. (There's an introduction, twelve chapters, and a conclusion. It takes a little over an hour to watch.)

* Plus, there's a FREE study guide to go with the movie—including Bible study and discussion questions.

Stay tuned for complete details on our day together on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

15 Minutes a day that will change your life—and the lives of those you lead—forever

By far the single most important thing I did in 2013 that helped my relationship with God was reading through the Bible—with some friends.

In the words of Nacho Libre, "It's fantastic."

I'd like you—my PALCO disciplemaking friends—to join me in creating your own study group (face-to-face and/or online) to read through the Bible—together—this year.

But first, let's talk about your big BUT.

I know. You've tried to read the Bible in a year before, BUT about the time you got to Leviticus you ran out of gas. (Pun intended.) Then you felt guilty about it. (I feel your pain.) You felt like such loser! (I may be projecting my own feelings onto you now.) Well, let me help you get over your big BUT by introducing you to…
Did you get that? This year is the guilt free—not the guil-ty—read through the Bible.

So what happens when you miss a day? A few days? A week? A month? Three months? Six months? A year? (Again, I might be projecting my own past failed experiences in reading through the Bible in a year onto you… sorry.) If you miss a day, week, or month or whatever, I invite you to simply start reading the Bible—not where you left off—but on whatever day it is that day. No Bible-reading mafia types will show up at your house to confiscate your Bible and break your legs. Seriously. No guilt. Say those words slowly right now out loud: "No. Guilt."

Why this approach? I suspect if you take this no guilt approach, you will actually read the Bible more this year than any other year in your life.  Next year, we can work on reading the WHOLEly Bible :  )

Here's the kicker: Reading through the Bible in a year takes only about 15 minutes a day, but it's 15 minutes a day that will change your life forever.

I dirty-double-dog-dare-you to try to read the Bible for 15 minutes day… and regularly share with some friends how God is changing your lives.

Following Jesus Together...
The best way to take this Bible reading adventure is to invite some friends you see and interact with often to take it with you. It was my wife who got me to do this in back in 2011. So I encourage you to invite your face-to-face friends to join you on this adventure.  You could use the "study and share method" (not to be confused with the Sonny and Cher method): Each person studies the daily readings at home, and then you gather weekly, twice a month, or whatever—to share what you're learning with each other. I know of one church that decided to read through the Bible together in a year—so they actually started a study-and-share Sunday school class that met weekly. The whole class was simply sharing with each other what God was stirring and teaching in the previous seven days of readings.

BUT Who?
Not sure who you can invite to take this adventure with you? What about your spouse? Your mom or dad? Your kids? Friends from church? Small group? Neighbors? Coworkers? (I hope you're getting the idea that it's the people all around you everyday.)

While I prefer face-to-face gatherings for study and share, I also enjoy the study and share that happens via Skype, texting, and Facebook. You could start a no-guilt-read-through-the-Bible-together Facebook group right now. Such a group will make it possible for you to leave comments and share what your learning with each other. Most important, it will enable you to share how God is working in our lives as you read and apply his Word. 

Why all this reading the Bible together with friends? Friends don't let friends read the Bible alone. To quote Barney: "Everything is better with a friend."

So, are you in? 
If yes, then here are your next steps in starting a group right now...

Download the two-page PDF plan for reading the Bible through in 2014. Please pass the PDF on to your friends and invite them to join you in this guilt-free adventure!

Here's the exact same plan as found in the PDF above as found on Youversion. Youversion makes it possible to not only read the Bible online via your smart phone, iPad, or computer, but you also can read it in whatever translation you choose. Another bonus is that you can also listen to an audio of each day's readings for FREE!

Is your big BUT still getting in your way?
If yes, then watch this video.