Monday, April 9, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Save the Date!)

Thursday, May 17, 2018
* 8:45 AM Coffee Time
* 9 AM to 11:15 AM PALCO time together
* 11:30-1 PM we'll lunch with the Peoria Area Youth Network

NOTE: This is for PALC Alumni only.

The One Thing All Women Want in a Man—Why It Matters—and How You Can Make It Happen
(It's probably NOT what you're thinking, but that's also the most compelling reason you shouldn't miss this PALCO gathering.)

1. Because disciplemaking always starts with your marriage.
5. Because you won't be in ministry for long if you don't pay attention to the little things in your marriage.

The Christian Center
4100 N. Brandywine Dr
Peoria, IL 61614
* We'll be in the Birthday Party room by the bowling alley again.

Cost will be $35 per person which includes TWO practical resources to help you immediately apply what you learn AND lunch with the Peoria Area Youth Network from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.

Want to be a part of this? Please email Bill ASAP to RSVP.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Peoria Area Leadership ONGOING: We are encouraged and equipped!

So much fun at our Peoria Area Leadership Community Ongoing (PALCO) gathering last Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Click any image to enlarge for viewing.

 Some came all the way from Galesburg.

We explored how Jesus, disciplemaking and servanthood are the essence of what it means to be a leader. Whoever initiates time together and Kavanah IS the leader. Such a great time of havering.

I have a seat or two left for a ministry trip on Saturday, April 28th. If you're interesting in taking a ride with me and a friend or two to Clinton, IA, please contact me ASAP. If after experiencing this training, you'd like to take it back to your church/ministry, we can make that happen too.

PALCO: Where disciplemaking friends gather to live out Romans 1:12.

Our disciplemaking friend, Derrick Smothers of E3 Connection in Nevada shared his story of ministry burnout and how God has restored him. If you missed this and you need encouragement, go here.

Thank you God for disciplemaking friends and the encouragement and equipping that comes from the Holy Spirit via those friends.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018—PALCO Gathering

I'd love to get a morning with you and few others for Romans 1:12 mutual encouragement—and to wrestle the four questions below.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
9 AM to 11:30 AM—then a working lunch until 1 PM
(8:45 AM Coffee Time)

Part 1    Heart: How Are You Doing?
             * Coffee, Community, and Check In

Part 2    Head: What's Your Definition of Leadership?
             * Why is this important?

Part 3    Hands: How Do You Find Time for Disciplemaking?
             * What are some best practices?

Part 4    Heels: What Are Your Top 3 Greatest Challenges?
             * In Life? In Ministry?

Part 5    Snap the Line
             * So what?

Part 6    Lunch with Peoria Area Youth Network.
             * My friend, Derrick Smothers from The E3 Connection will
                be leading us.

The Christian Center
4100 N. Brandywine Dr, Peoria, IL 61614
* We'll be in the Birthday Party room by the bowling alley.

Cost will be $10 per person which helps covers expenses and includes lunch with the Peoria Area Youth Network from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The 2018 Kavanah Read Thru the New Testament Together

For years now we've been talking about "the 15 minutes a day that will change your life forever."

Of course, we're talking about reading the Bible. But not just reading the Bible—as good as that can be. What we're talking about is reading the Bible together. Why "together"? Because reading the Bible by yourself is great, but reading the Bible together is exponentially more transformative. (Don't believe me? True short story here and another here.)

So this is your invitation to join us—and to invite others to join you—in this 2018 adventure through the New Testament twice.

Here's the plan Stan...

(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!)

But Wait! There's More!
As we read through the New Testament together this year, we're going to be looking for Kavanah. What's Kavanah? That's a great question.
Kavanah is a Hebrew word that helps us understand how God empowers us to live as disciplemakers. 

In its simplest form, Kavanah means “to aim.” In disciplemaking, it describes the place where my disciplined actions meet God’s active presence in my life.

If disciplemaking is about following Jesus together, every day, we need his power to do it. And Kavanah helps us see how.

We find the roots of Kavanah in the Babylonian Talmud. Berakoth 32b says, “Our Rabbis taught: Four things require to be done with Kavanah, namely, [study of] the Torah, good deeds [loving others and showing kindness], praying always, and one’s worldly occupation.”

Kavanah is how we hit the bullseye as a disciple. It enables us to be filled up by Jesus, anticipating what God is going to do in us, through us and around us.

We practice these four priorities with others, depending on the help of the Holy Spirit to hit the Kavanah bullseye...
1. Studying God’s Word to know and love God.
2. Prayerfulness
3. Loving others as an overflow of God’s extravagant love for us.
4. Living a Colossians 3:23 (C323) life of worship where we live, work, and play.

As we study, pray, love and live together, we hit the bullseye as disciples—who makes disciples—who make more disciples.

So as we read this year, I suggest every time you come across one of the four Kavanah priorities in your Bible reading, you make a note in your Bible like so...
* "W" = study God's Word to know and love God
* "P" = prayerfulness
* "L" = loved extravagantly by God to extravagantly love others
* "C" = a C323 (Colossians 3:23) life of worship

If you're really crazy and fun, consider using four different colored pencils/highlighters—one for each of the four Kavanah priorities. When you're done, you'll have a fun and simply way of seeing just how much Kavanah is in the New Testament.

Well, there are only two questions left to ask:
1. Are YOU in?
2. Whom will you invite to join you?

The better, stronger relationship with God that you've always longed for will not happen accidentally.

With whom do you need to share this post?

What are you waiting for?

What might God do if you dared to pray the Disciplemaker's Prayer?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Send Bill of Picture of you and your disciplemaking friends

Next time you're discipling a friend or a few friends, please email me or text me a pic like these below!
It makes my day.
Your disciplemaking pal,

Sunday, September 10, 2017

10/6/17 PALCO Lunch Friends Encouragement

How crazy and fun would it be if we had lunch together with no agenda other than to encourage each other?

That would be THIS lunch gathering!

Mind. Blown.

Friday, October 6th
11:30 AM-1 PM

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/or bringing a friend, please email me ASAP so I can make sure we're good to go with Pizza Ranch.

Always an invitation. Never any pressure.

Below: Pics take at the  From Disciples to Disciplemakers PALCO training experience last Thursday at the Christian Center in Peoria.
(TW +  ) x   = 
(TW + K4) x    =   
(TW + K4) x 3G = 
(TW + K4) x 3G = DF

Wondering what (TW + K4) x 3G = DF means?
We had a ball exploring it together the whole morning :  )

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!