Monday, June 13, 2016

7 compelling reasons WHY dads really matter...

and every reason has something to do with disciplemaking.

Be encouraged dad!

You really do matter. Here's 7 compelling reasons WHY...
1. You're the family comedian
2. You're a Disciplemaking Dad
3. You do what all dads do: Embarrass your kids
4. You have more influence than you realize
5. You're never a "babysitter" when you're with YOUR kids 
6. You're a "loser filter" for guys interested in your daughter
7. You're an incredible encourager

Do you know a dad who would be encouraged by this post?

What are you waiting for?

Send this link to him now—http://bit.ly/24Ks09x—and tell him THANKS!

Happy Father's Day to crazy dads with crazy kids everywhere.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Limited time only. You heard it first here.

When I went back to college later in life, I was told that I had a “math deficiency.” I ended up having to buy an introductory mathematics book and re-teaching myself some basics.

Everyday I worked through a portion of that pitifully boring math book—alone.

However, once a week I met with a tutor who monitored my progress (or lack thereof) and tried to answer my many questions. (“Why would anyone plant a garden in the form of a triangle and then use the Pythagorean Theorem to measure the hypotenuse?”)

One day I asked my tutor, “Help me understand integers”—and I pronounced it exactly like it’s spelled: “in-TEG-ers.” My tutor smiled and said, “You mean, integers”—and she pronounced it “IN-ti-jers.” Sensing my embarrassment, she said, “It’s okay. You couldn’t have known this simply by working through the book by yourself.”

Right then and there I realized this: Solo book learning is a good start, but a fuller, deeper learning happens in community.

In my math community—with a tutor and few other struggling students—I learned to correctly pronounce mathematical terms I’ll probably never need—such as “integer.” (My math is up to speed these days, but you may have noticed that I still have a significant math deficiency in my attitude.)

In Jesus’ day, this fuller, deeper, communal learning was known as havering. And as it turns out, haver learning is a critically important part of the disciplemaking genius of Jesus. Why? Because you will never fully come to know and experience Jesus or disciplemaking by simply working through the Book by yourself.
(The above was taken from the introduction to the Disciplemaker's Living Guide.)

Announcing:
The Disciplemaker's Living Guide
This Disciplemaker's Living Guide is a tool for transforming friendships into disciplemaking friendships.

Who?
It's great for families, students, small groups, networks, leadership meetings, discipleship groups, Sunday school classes, elder’s meetings, staff meetings, disciplemaking learning communities, mission trip teams, and even improving your marriage.

What’s New?
* A refreshed size and design.
* A helpful introduction on WHY and HOW to use it as a dialogue rather than merely a devotional resource.
* The Disciplemaker’s Prayer and a challenge to pray it daily.
* Various images and graphics that promote reflection, study, and dialogue.
* Language that clearly ties this resource to the disciplemaking priorities and practices spelled out in the Disciplemaking Is Relationships training.

5 Ways to Use this Living Guide
1. With Volunteers and Students
Use the Disciplemaker's Living Guide to help your adult staff and student leaders grasp and own the value of disciplemaking friendships as the conduit for gospel ministry.

2. In Small Groups: 
Once your team—adults and students—understands and starts living the values, bring it to your entire ministry. This is a great series for small groups.

3. For Retreats: 
This living guides is a great summer camp or fall or winter retreat experience. Cadre offers a four-session training experience called Disciplemaking Is Relationships.

4. Family Discussions: 
Consider doing a family night using this living guide to explore what it looks like to live a disciplemaking way of life together. Invite other families to share this living guide experience.

5. Starting Meetings:
Instead of just starting meetings in prayer, take 15 minutes to have people get into pairs and work through one of the 25 disciplemaking studies/adventures. This will drip essential disciplemaking values into your elder, staff, and team meetings throughout the year.

But wait. There's more.


We're taking pre-orders right now along with a special limited time deal: Buy 2 and get 1 FREE. Complete details here.

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
 

When? 
Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 9 AM to 12 noon

Where?
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

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

Where?
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

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

Where?
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.

Who?
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.

Cost?
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. 



Registration?
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

(Click image below to enlarge.)
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.
THE WORKSHOP
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.

THE TIMING
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
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 VISION
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).”
THE MATERIALS
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.