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Who Are Your 3? Your 12? Your 70? Your Thousands?

Jesus Washing Feet

With whom are you doing life? What I mean is, with whom do you spend time hanging out and talking about the deepest things of life? Whom do you sharpen, and who sharpens you? Jesus lived toward the cross and the resurrection, and his singular focus on his end game motivated …

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Three Pillars of a Strong, Dynamic Ministry

Pillars

When it comes to leading a strong ministry and building a healthy church, it takes more than solid theology or smart strategy. In fact, it takes a combination of those, plus the Spirit's leading and empowerment. I think of these three as pillars of a dynamic ministry. Every …

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A Scalable Model for Making Disciples in Small Churches

Church In a Theater

"The New Testament is the only model we need!" There, I went ahead and said that for you. It's out of the way. For those pastors and church leaders who highly value the New Testament AND actually want to accomplish something meaningful, read on... Every church follows a model. …

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Is Discipleship About Growing? Or Going? Yes!

Growing

We often use the word discipleship in two different senses. We refer to our personal spiritual growth as discipleship - the process of becoming more like Jesus. But we also use the word to refer to a person or church's ministry of making disciples. So when we talk about …

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Imitation Is the Greatest Form of Discipleship

One of the phrases Jesus uttered frequently was "follow me." It's recorded six times in Matthew and seven times in John (probably with a little bit of overlap). Since the gospels only record a tiny sliver of Jesus' life on earth, we can safely presume He issued that invitation to …

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Would You Willingly Be Executed?

"It's just my cross to bear." I've heard people say that phrase about the dumbest things. We tend to say it about things that annoy us, inconvenience us, or maybe cost us time or money. It reveals that we really haven't a clue what it means to take up our cross. Jesus was about …

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Discipleship Is a Catch-and-Release Process

Fishing Net

Jesus stopped a few fishermen one day in the Sea of Galilee and challenged them to turn the world upside down by issuing a simple call... "Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people." (Matthew 4:19, NIV) Many have taught about how the disciples left their …

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Spiritual Maturity Is a Pathway We Walk Together

Pathway

God created you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, and He has a pathway for you to walk on the way to spiritual maturity. Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus formed a community of people who could walk this pathway together and He called it a church. Today, spotting the globe …

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Andy Stanley: The Church Can Be Deep and Wide

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley

A little over a year ago, Angie and I started planting Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas, and one of our biggest hopes is that it's a church that unchurched people love to attend. So Andy Stanley's newest book, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to …

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Doing Discipleship Post-Resurrection Style

Sermon on the Mount

I've heard plenty of talk about discipleship and multiplication recently, and it usually goes something like this... If you want to make disciples the way Jesus wants, you have to do it the way Jesus did it. And Jesus, in His earthly ministry, chose only a few people, weeded out …

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