Tuesday, July 25, 2017

9/7/17 From Disciples to DiscipleMAKERS

When Jesus said, "Come and see," he wasn't inviting people to a program. He was inviting potential disciples to a relationship with him.

We think of these relationships as Disciplemaking Friendships.

It turns out that Disciplemaking Friendships aren't simply an ingredient for disciplemaking—but actually how Jesus makes disciples into disciplemakers.

That's exactly what we're going to explore in our next gathering of the Peoria Area Leadership Community Ongoing (PALCO)!

We'll wrestle three nonnegotiables for helping disciples become disciplemakers.

Thursday, September 7th

Coffee and goodies at 8:30 AM
Training from 9 AM to 12 Noon 

Let's pick a place and get lunch together. (Each person pays for himself.)

The Christian Center 
4100 N. Brandywine Dr
Peoria, IL 61602

PALC alumni—and anyone you'd like to invite.

Please email Bill ASAP if you plan to be a part of this time of training and community.

$25 per person and includes the training experience and training materials you'll be able to use in your life and ministry immediately.
* 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 tuition 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.)

Be sure to bring your Bible, pen, and money for lunch. FYI: I'll have a few other disciplemaking resources for those so inclined to purchase these.

Training Presentations?
If after experiencing this training, YOU would like to do the training in your ministry, simply let Bill know and he'll explain how to make that can happen.

Can You Help?
We need 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!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Becoming the Disicplemaker You've Always Wanted to Be...

If you fail with volunteers, then you fail in ministry.

So, if you really want your ministry to thrive for the glory of God, then you'd better figure out how to help volunteers be disciples who make disciples who make more disciples.

I have great news for you.

Help is on the way!

Here is your invitation to to make the Summer of 2017 a "summer of love" for God, volunteers, and your ministry. Even more good news: You are free to participate in one, two, or all three of these summer training experiences for one-time tuition of $30 (includes training materials). Here's the plan...

Session #1 
Being a Disciple...
We'll explore...
* Why a disciple's attitude is critically important
* How to tap into the power of transformational learning
* Your most important job as a disciple
* Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9 AM to 12 Noon
* The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Session #2 
Who Makes Disciples...
We'll explore...
* Why programs can either hinder or help disciplemaking
* How to measure the success of disciplemaking
* How disciplemaking and evangelism are connected
* Thursday, July 27, 2017, 9 AM to 12 Noon
* The Metal Barn, 9621 State Rt 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Session #3 
Who Make MORE Disciples... 
We'll explore...
* Multiplying disciplemakers step #1
* How to lead up without sucking up
* How to lead when you feel like quitting
* Thursday, August 24, 2017, 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 should use what your learn with the volunteers who serve in ministry with you as soon as possible. You'll leave with clear next steps for immediate application.

This training is for anyone who serves in 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 these training experiences. 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 one-time tuition of $30 per person (includes training materials) whether you participate in one, two, or all three of these summer equipping experiences.

Training Materials?

Each person will get the updated edition of the Disciplemaker's Guide to Grow, Minister, and Lead book—a ten chapter disciplemaking manual for anyone who works with volunteers in a ministry setting. 

To save your spot in one of more of these training experiences, please contact Bill and let him know what dates you'll be attending and who you're bringing with you.

Spread the Word?
For a link to share on social media or with a friend via email or a test, copy this and paste away:   For a PFD download of this information you can share with others (great for bulletin stuffers), go here.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Start Your Summer Ministry Off Right!

Summer ministry can and should be a strategic time of relational disciplemaking.

You and the volunteers and key students who serve in ministry with you need encouragement and equipping to make the most of this summer for the Kingdom of God.

Here's how you can start your summer ministry 2017 off right...

When and Where?
Saturday, June 10, 2017
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Doors will open at CrossPoint in Eureka at 8 AM.
Note: I encourage you to seriously consider doing a light working lunch together from 12:30-1:30 PM in your respective churches and ministries—and using that time for processing and applying as a group. The training manual will help you walk your group through a process of applying what you learned to your various ministry. This is super strategic on so many levels and makes walking away from the training without applying it very challenging. The lunch food can be something as simple as having sub sandwiches and chips ready at the church by 12:30 PM that day—or going out to a place where you can eat a light lunch and process together. If you go with the working lunch (which I hope you do), please let your people know that you’ll be providing lunch. People love to attend stuff like this when they get to eat for free. That might just be me : )

Cadre’s Ministry Is Relationships training experience. Complete details on the content of the training here. Please feel free to take what is at the link and use it as promo. Here's a WORD doc that you can tweak the details on and then use as a bulletin stuffer. Get the WORD out ASAP!

Anyone junior high through senior citizen. It’s even better if you get people who volunteer in ministries together to experience the training with each other… i.e., youth ministry, children’s ministry, women’s ministry, Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, elders, worship team, etc. These volunteers can experience and process the training for their lives AND ministry this way.

$15 per person for training materials.
Note: We're asking each ministry that attends to prayerfully consider a love offering of any size for Cadre Missionaries. This is NOT required in any way shape or form. 

Please RSVP ASAP and get your numbers to Bill no later than Thursday, June 8th.

Can't wait.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Special Opportunity for PALCO People Like YOU

(Last month: PALCO and the best wings ever.)

You, as an ongoing participant in PALC, are invited to experience...

Ministry Is Relationships
* Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
* Chillicothe Christian Church, Chillicothe, IL
* $15 per person for training materials
* Training content here.


Evangelism Is Relationships
* Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
* Tremont Baptist Church, Tremont, IL
* $15 per person for training materials
* Training content here.

Once you've experience one or both of these, we can then explore... 
1. How I can help YOU take this disciplemaking training experience back to students and volunteers in your ministry/church


2. How I can bring it to your ministry/church. (You know me. I'd much rather help YOU do it.)

Either way, if you're interested, I need to hear from you ASAP so I can make arrangements for you to participate at either or both of the upcoming training experiences.

Love you. Thank God for you!

Always an invitation. Never any pressure.

Monday, February 20, 2017

(Click image below to enlarge.)
Thursday, March 9th
11:30 AM-1 PM

Enjoy the best wings in Peoria (that's right, I said "best wings") AND time together with some of your best disciplemaking friends.


Because you love wings (you know you do) and...

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 succulent (look it up) wings, 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 Donnelly's.

Can't wait! Seriously, my mouth is watering.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Teaching Genius of Jesus Training Experience

What could God do in your ministry if you and the volunteers who serve with you sharpened your approach to...
* teaching
* leading Bible studies, and
* facilitating small groups?

You're invited to find out by participating in The Teaching Genius of Jesus training experience.

* Anyone who aspires to teach the Bible
* Paid ministry leaders
* Volunteer ministry leaders of every kind
* Key ministry oriented students
* Sunday school teachers who teach all ages
* Small group leaders who lead all ages

Saturday, February 4th, 8:30 AM to 12 noon

Checkrow Community Church
3564 E. Checkrow Rd
Avon, IL

$15 per person for training materials
When you're finished with our morning of training, you'll walk away The Teaching Genius of Jesus book. This means you'll have five new, in-depth, follow up training sessions you can explore together as you continue to learn and apply The Teaching Genius of Jesus together.


Contact Bill ASAP.
We need to know ASAP how many you're bringing.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Would you like a better, stronger relationship with God in 2017?

By far the single most important thing I did in 2016 that helped my relationship with God was reading through the Bible—with some friends.

News Flash: 
A better, stronger relationship with God will not happen accidentally.

This is your invitation to invite your friends and family to take a life-changing AND guilt-free Bible reading adventure together in 2017.

1. Here’s WHY you probably won't do this. (Just keeping it real.)
4. Here's a story about what God can do if you dare to try in 2017.
5. Here's our Bible reading plan for 2017...   
   * January 2017
   * February 2017
   * March 2017
   * April 2017
   * May 2017
   * June 2017
   * July 2017
   * August 2017
   * October 2017
   * November 2017
   * December 2017

So, are you in?

If yes, then invite your friends to join you in this guilt-free Bible reading adventure starting the first day of each month in 2017. That's right. We have 12 on ramps—one for each month—where your friends can choose to join you in reading the Bible together!

This begs the question:
WHO needs to do this with you this year?

Share this post with them right now.

You, Me, and Coffee Monday... 
Let me encourage you and and make you think 1 stinking time a week (usually Monday morning) with a virtual Cup O' Joe with Bill in your email inbox. Two Simple Steps...
1. Go here and submit your email.
2. Go to your email and click the Feedburner confirmation link.
You can unsubscribe at any time with no questions asked simply by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email you receive from Cup O' Joe with Bill. Honest. You got nothing to lose. Try it.