In Multiplying Missional Leaders, Mike Breen offers both a vision for missional leadership, and practical tools for identifying and equipping missional leaders.
In part two of this five part book report series, Paul Worster, shares his heart, his experience and four highlights from the book, Leading Missional Communities: Rediscovering the Power of Living on Mission Together.
There is a lot of interest in Missional Communities. Many churches in the CRC and around the world are experimenting with missional communities for mission and discipleship.
First CRC in Denver is trying something new with their Sunday School. Read about their intergenerational Sunday School experiment and what they have learned from it!
CrossPoint’s discipleship strategy may be the simplest and most used word in our vocabulary, yet the most difficult of words to truly live out – LOVE. The Shema (found in Deut. 6:5) gives a complete picture of what a disciple looks like and does. CrossPoint has shaped our call to be disciples who disciple in three simple steps...
Here's the take away: There is not a one-size-fits-all discipleship strategy. Jesus discipled his own disciples differently as they grew in faith. How are our churches equipping people in all varieties of faith development. Mike Johnson shares his wisdom and expertise about faith development in today's blog.
Drew Angus and Paul Ingeneri join the conversation by sharing tools for growing adult new believers.
We're hoping to do a mid- year ministry fair to highlight some existing groups and new groups that are starting, but it is the first time that we have ever done a ministry fair. Right now we're thinking of doing it right after the morning service, with various tables set up around the...
Western Seminary is offering a course on Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible for small groups. The 12 week format, starting January 7, is very flexible. Your group can register for only $50.00. What a cool opporunity for those groups that like to go deep! Learn more here...
One year ago, Ferrysburg Community Church in Spring Lake, Michigan launched a missional community in a neighboring apartment complex. Pastor Nate Visker shares some reflections on what they expected, current reality and what they have learned...
Read an interview with Sue Prins, the Discipleship Coordinator of Providence CRC in Holland. She answers: "What is your congregation's picture of a disciple of Jesus? What is the current design or shape of your church’s discipleship ministry? What is the current design or shape of your church’s discipleship ministry? What is your most effective way of developing leaders? How do you instill the DNA of multiplication in your ministry? and more...
“Why do Christian need to pray? Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them.” (Heidelberg Catechism #116).
A couple of weeks ago, my friend John Rozeboom emailed a question: “Sam, can you recommend or point me to a member spiritual gift inventory that can be self-administered, is simple and straightforward.”
The Michigan summer has been great for apples. My favorite farmers market is brimming with baskets of fresh, crispy apples – Honey crisp, Zester, Macintosh – and zucchini, peppers, melons, corn, peaches. Is your mouth watering? Harvest time is so exciting.
I am so glad that our loving Father is the one who prunes because we can trust his motives and methods. As we consider leading a group or ministry, what can we learn about the pruning process?
There once was a gardener named Sam. She loved the idea of a garden. She imagined walking out to the backyard to pick fresh lettuce, beans and tomatoes for dinner. The picture of serving crisp, flavorful vegetables to her family inspired her. She planned, prepared and planted...
What can we learn from gardening about small group discipleship leadership? Gardeners study their environment. They plant in season. What is your churches growing cycle? When does it start? How long is the season? How many seasons do you have?
Preparing includes all of the leadership tasks between Planning and Planting. Sounds obvious! What tasks need to happen to be ready to plant or begin discipleship ministries?
I would like to hear the thoughts of those who are a part of small group ministry on what they think about multiplication. There seems to be this tension between staying in a group and multiplying them. I hear some say that they won't break up their group because they have grown a strong and...
The Bible League of Kenya developed a partnership with Coffee Break to share the materials and method in order to encourage small group Bible discovery. Most often, ‘Bible Study’ in Africa means teaching. People learn about the Bible through teaching in sermons, Sunday School and small groups.
Planning for ministry is much more complex than planning for a garden and often causes frustration for leaders and participants. Just like in gardening, there is not a one-size-fits-all plan.
If you were going to plant a garden, what would you do? I have asked this question many times at small group discipleship training. The first answers usually are: dig, plant, water. What else: weed, fertilize, pick. What else? Buy seeds. What kind of seeds will you buy? Oh, we have to decide what we are going to grow!
Growing a discipleship ministry is an ongoing process, much like growing a garden. Good gardeners are aware that they need to cultivate particular practices in order to develop a healthy, vibrant garden. If they faithfully plant, water, fertilize, etc., they will yield a good crop. Maybe.
In my small group role for Home Missions, this is the most frequent question: “Our church wants to start small groups in order to grow community and disciples, what is the best method?” I can’t answer that question; however I have discovered the process of leading a discipleship ministry that continually adapts to the local environment is more important than finding the right strategy.