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There are various aspects that a church leadership team should consider in order to implement a culture of disciple-making in the local church. Here are a few of them. Clear Structure An understanding of the structures of the church. This includes the accountability structures of a pastor, board, elders, staff, etc. It also includes the...
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Mini-Groups: Are clusters of three or four people meeting to intentionally encourage and walk-through growth in a specific area. These groups run throughout the year and vary in the frequency of meetings. What happens in a Mini-Group: Meeting in Mini-Group provides a safe environment for people to explore a specific area of their life on...
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The term “discipleship path” means different things to different people.   For some, it means getting a person connected, involved, contributing, and leading in a church.  For others, it means getting a person saved, baptized, maybe Spirit Baptized, growing and living out their faith, then pouring into others who are on the same trajectory.  Or...
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By Emily Grabatin It was happening again.  Cassandra felt tense as group members walked in late yet again. Their reasons weren’t much different than last time. Robert got tied up in traffic because his commute leaves him with just enough time to get from work to group. The only time Barb seems to fit in...
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To lead a church in the western world can be a daunting task. We face enormous pressure as we head into this new decade. In this article, I’d like to state the obvious and then offer a personal perspective. Here is the obvious. Church leaders are juggling different realities all at once. Generations, Migration, and...
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When the message of Jesus began to spread across the roman empire and new communities of disciples were birthed – these communities were very small. In most cases, the early churches were small enough to meet in homes. Both Peter and Paul, the earliest missionaries who helped to see these churches birthed, felt the need...
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Ephesians 4:11-12, NLT “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. I have a theory.  The idea is that every believer has built...
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Have you ever heard a well meaning Christian friend or leader identify another Christian as “religious” or having a “religious spirit”? I’m sure no one reading these posts has ever done that? Smile. If you have or do – please stop. When you miss categorize someone this way you are doing more harm than good....
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How do we care and help people on the journey to fully developing as followers of Jesus?  I don’t believe there is a silver bullet answer but perhaps a combination of several factors. Recognize Spiritual Birthing is a process Seed (1 Pet 1:23, John 3:9)Formed Inside (Gal 4:19)Birthed (Colossians 1:27, Colossians 3:4, 1 John 3:2)...
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By: Emily Grabatin As leaders, building relationships and can be a meaningful, fun and energizing experience – until crises happen. Or we find ourselves spending evenings on the phone with people who are turning to us to solve their problems or validate a compromising situation. The Loads We Carry Over time, we might encounter heavy...
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