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. 

    Friday, March 6, 2015

    Save the Dates!

    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    This Generation Wants to Change the World. Here's How YOU Can Help Them Do It Like Jesus! Stay tuned for complete details.

    Thursday, May 14, 2015
    9 AM to 12 noon
    The PALCO Summit on Sexual Purity with Doug Rumbold.

    Save these dates RIGHT NOW!

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    Save the Date! PALCO Lunch Gathering!

    Thursday, February 26, 2015
    11:30 AM to 1 PM
    Pizza Ranch in Morton, IL

    PALCO Lunch Gathering—because disciplemaking friends matter!

    More details forthcoming.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    A morning of encouragement and equipping for you, students, and volunteers

    How to Disciple People Without Them Knowing It
    * Does disciplemaking always have to start with a formal invitation by a leader?

    * What does it look like in real life to follow Jesus together as disciplemaking friends?

    * Is simply getting together and socializing enough—or is there more to disciplemaking friendships?

    * How can we know if our disciplemaking friendships are hitting God's bullseye?

    These are some of the the questions we'll explore in our How to Disciple People Without Them Knowing It training experience.

    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    9 AM to 12 noon
    (Note: For those so inclined: From 12 noon to 1-ish pm we'll head to Pizza Ranch in Morton, IL, and continue our discussion and application there. Each person will be buy their own lunch.)

    Real Life Church
    106 Grant Rd
    Marquette Heights, IL 61554

    For anyone interested in learning how to be a disciple of Jesus who makes more disciples of Jesus. You are encouraged to bring your spouse, teenagers, staff, ministry leaders, volunteers, student leaders, etc.

    $5 per person. 
    Each person will leave with the Disciplemaker's Journal: Twenty-Five Adventures in Disciplemaking with Your Friends.

    How Can You Register?
    Email me and with the names of those you will be bringing to the training and a phone number for contacting you.

    Optional Train-the-Trainer Opportunity!
    If after the training experience, you'd like to take this training back to your ministry, you'll have that opportunity. If you're interested in this option, please email me for complete details.

    Additional Resources for Disciplemaking!
    We'll have other resources available for sale at this training experience.

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    Get Training in January 2015

    1. Turning Pew Potatoes Into Passionate Participators
    A mere 20% of churchgoers volunteer their time and talents in a ministry. That means about 80% of the people in our churches are pew potatoes

    This is not only unhealthy, it's unbiblical. 

    Instead of whining, complaining and giving up on the idea of finding volunteers to serve in ministry with you, I'd like to encourage and equip you to cooperate with God in...
    Turning Pew Potatoes Into Passionate Participators

    Are you interested?

    Dream with me for a minute: What might God in and through your ministry for His glory if you doubled the number of volunteers serving with you?

    Now are you interested?

    What Will You Learn?
    * Why finding volunteers these days is particularly challenging.
    * What doesn't work when recruiting volunteers.
    * How to address the primary barriers keeping people from volunteering.
    * Five proactive steps you can take to cooperate with God in turning pew potatoes into passionate participators. 

    Thursday, January 22, 2015
    10 AM to 12 noon
    (Note: We will choose a place to lunch from 12 noon to 1-ish pm and continue our discussion and application there. Each person will be buy their own lunch.)

    2910 E. Lincoln St
    Bloomington, IL 61704

    For anyone serving in ministry—BOTH paid ministry leaders and volunteer ministry leaders.

    $15 per person. 
    Each person will leave with Recruiting, Motivating, and Retaining Volunteers—a handbook on finding, developing, and deploying volunteers for ministry. This book includes a bunch of great questions for team application and follow through.

    How Can You Register?
    Email me and with the names of those you will be bringing to the training and a phone number for contacting you.

    Optional Train-the-Trainer Opportunity!
    If after the training experience, you'd like to take this training back to your ministry, you'll have that opportunity. If you're interested in this option, please email me for complete details.

    Additional Resources for Disciplemaking with Volunteers!
    We'll have other resources available for sale at this training experience.

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Relevance, Cruise Ships, and Church

    by Skye Jethani
    [Passing on a stimulating article. The last two paragraphs are worth the read.]
    In the first part of this article I examined how the radical shifts in the American church paralleled the transformation of the passenger shipping industry in the 20th century. Prior to the 1960s, ships were primarily a form of transportation. When this utilitarian function was disrupted by jet travel, the cruise industry was born by transforming ships themselves into the destination and triggering a rapid increase in the size of the vessels.
    Similarly, in the mid 20th century the utilitarian role of the church, transporting people into communion with God, was disrupted by secularism. This led innovative pastors to transform churches into destinations rather than vehicles, and attracting irreligious consumers required much larger churches with previously unimaginable offerings. The megachurch explosion began. 
    Both the cruise industry and megachurches have been incredibly successful ever since. In 1970 only 500,000 people took a cruise, and there were only 10 megachurches in the United States. In 2010 over 14 million people cruised, and there are now over 1,500 megachurches. If the transformation of the passenger shipping industry has helped us understand the emergence of the megachurch phenomenon, what might it say about its weaknesses?
    In the early years of the cruise business ship owners believed the airlines were their competition. Rather than flying to Bermuda, the Caribbean, or Mexico, cruise lines tried to sell the romance and glamour of an ocean voyage (remember “The Love Boat”?) as superior to the speed of air travel. Eventually, however, cruise lines accepted that they were not in the transportation business, but rather the vacation business. This meant Carnival Cruise Lines wasn’t competing with United, Southwest, or even other cruise lines, but with Disney World and Las Vegas. 
    To win more of the vacation market some cruise lines began to downplay the allure of the sea and instead built amenities aboard their ships people expected to find at land-based resorts. Today there are ships with water parks, roller coasters, golf courses, planetariums, bumper cars, even tree-lined parks with carousels and ice skating rinks. Step on to Oasis of the Seas’ cavernous main boulevard with fountains, cars, street performers, and a bar that ascends four stories through a glass canopy, and you’ll hear awestruck passengers saying, “I can’t believe I’m on a ship.” 
    And that is the problem.
    By trying to compete with land-based resorts, these cruise lines literally lost sight of their unique value proposition--the sea. Ships are so crammed with amenities designed to lure passengers and their dollars, it is now possible to spend all day on a ship and never see the ocean. While a passenger may catch a musical, play golf, or ride a roller coaster, the inherent limitations of a ship, no matter how big, mean these experiences will never match what is possible on land. Broadway will always have better productions and Six Flags will always have better rides. As a result the modern cruise industry is engaged in a strange delusion. It is ignoring the one thing it can offer that no one else can--the allure of sea travel--to compete in areas where it can never win.
    The church can learn an important lesson from this delusion: Relevance backfires when it overshadows your uniqueness. Not every cruise line has succumbed to this temptation, nor has every megachurch, Some, however, find the accolades of cultural relevance too affirming, and the pressure to fill thousands of seats every weekend too demanding. They will spend millions of dollars for state-of-the-art theater equipment, will stock their children’s departments with Xboxs and 3-story playgrounds, and even run live Twitter feeds during worship. Churches that can’t afford these “wow” factors or a tattooed pastor with electric personality, may still feel the pressure to run an expanding array of programs normally found at a community college or YMCA all to attract consumers away from their devices and health clubs to the church.
    At the same time these churches strip away their distinguishing qualities. Gone are the crosses, stained glass windows, steeples, hymns, pews, and liturgies. Sanctuaries become auditoriums. Choirs become bands. Communion becomes a coffee bar. Like a cruise passenger who never experiences the sea, some attenders may be so occupied with programs and productions that they may never actually experience the church.
    A friend recently told me about a convicting conversation he had with a newcomer to his congregation. The man, from a Hindu background, came to the large church about a month earlier because he was curious about Jesus. “Everyone here has been very friendly to me,” he reported to the pastor, “and my family has been enjoying all of the programs. But I do have one question. When am I going to learn about Jesus?” The church's reason for having its mega-building and programs is to more effectively draw people to Christ, but the pastor wondered out loud whether they had gradually confused their methods and their mission. After all, the church could survive if people don't meet Jesus, but not if they don't meet their budget. 
    This story reminds me of recent research conducted by Barna. While pastors are scrambling to discover the secret bullet to engage young adults, Barna found the top reasons millennials want to attend church are to be closer to God (51%) and to learn more about God (31%). Imagine that. It’s like discovering people want to take a cruise because they like the sea--no roller coasters necessary. 
    Eventually we will learn that no matter how much money, effort, or innovation the church possesses, it will never be as cool as the culture. Relevance is a race it cannot win, but in our misguided attempts to compete with the culture we risk losing sight of the only thing of value the church can offer the world--Jesus Christ. 

    [If you're willing to reconsider what it means to be a healthy church, go here.]