The “burning platform” metaphor comes from the Piper Alpha oil-drilling disaster in the North Sea, the worst disaster in the history of North Sea oil exploration, where 166 crew and 2 rescuers lost their lives. Superintendent Andy Mochan survived the disaster by leaping from the burning platform into the oil-fired frozen ocean. He knew he … Read moreIs the modern Church on a “burning platform”? (Monday Metaphors)
The problem you are trying to solve speaks to your integrity. “I am just doing what I can!” Ever heard that in face of a massive, insurmountable task. As spiritual as that may sound, it is rooted in western individualism and extremely selfish. It is about you, your avoidance of guilt and a perverted desire … Read moreWhat problem are you trying to solve?
I am about to finish up a trip to Kenya and Ethiopia. We’ve been with disciple making leaders (DMM) in both countries. The lack of internet, sleep and language skills creates a nagging fatigue. The interaction with these leaders more than makes up for the challenges we’ve faced. So challenged and encourage by the Lifeway … Read moreChecking in from Ethiopia
At some point doesn’t this beg for an intelligent explanation, like a Creator?
[Tweet “A chance to hear from God exactly what he thinks about you!”] Below is worksheet that deserves a good 30 mins to and hour to complete. It is a chance to hear from God exactly what he thinks about YOU! Take some time to hear what God thinks. AdequateWorksheet Start on the page with the … Read moreWho said you weren’t ADEQUATE?
Dove asked a person to describe themselves to a forensic artist and then other people describe them to the same artist and then they are shown the two drawings side by side. (3 min) This reminds me that Jesus ordained, commission, sent out (you choose your favorite!) the disciples in Matthew 28. Some of whom … Read moreWho told the ordinary follower of Christ they weren’t qualified?
To move from modern Christian Ministry thinking to Apostolic Movement thinking we have to have a mindset shift that feels rather seismic in nature. Here are a few that I am exploring. 1. From Trusting the Qualified to Releasing the Willing The first and maybe most important is our view of the common man or … Read moreTop Ten Mindset Shifts For A Disciple Making Movement To Emerge
We often study what is happening in each period of history but rarely do we look at the numerical impact of the God’s redemptive story. In under 5 mins move from the 1st Century to the present and see the statistical impact of the spread of the Good News. https://youtu.be/FRmKRtotUP0 N.B. Definitions … Read moreA Video History of Gospel Expansion in 4 minutes
Does Jen’s compelling vision for her children translate into creating “disciple-making disciples?”
View All 10 Mind Shifts Here 1. From Trusting the Qualified to Releasing the Willing The first and maybe most important is our view of the common man or woman (I prefer not to use laypeople). Most all of us will espouse a concept of the priesthood of the believer. Across the denominational and non-denominational … Read moreTop Ten Mind Shifts For Disciple Making Movements to Emerge – Part 1
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In 1994 at the urging of my wife I decided to place my leadership skills toward the development of an institution that would attempt to use radical methods to reach those far from God, a church. 18 years later having succeeded in building a “church for the unchurched” I find that my passions have grown … Read moreMoments lead to Movements-Disciple Making Movements
When my understanding of Matthew 28:16-20 changed my approach to making disciples changed. For the better part of the 25 yrs I made disciples. The names in these circles represent individuals who I taught to obey Jesus. I used my gifts and passions to cooperate with the HS to transform their internal world, their … Read moreConfessions Of A Would Be Discipler
Seth Godin’s blog: Almost no one “There’s a huge difference between “no one” and “almost no one”. Almost no one is going to hire you. Almost no one is going to become a true fan. Almost no one is going to tell someone else about your work. Almost no one is going to push you … Read moreLSD – Long Slow Determination
George Hunter writes in a book published in 1992 an insightful piece much of which is still valuable. He is not a DMM proponent although after reading the book you might think he could be. George when he was 18 went on an internship to Venice Beach, CA as a United Methodist. He found a … Read moreHow to Reach Secular People…
Dallas Willard inadvertently set me up to understand a new way of “gospeling” and prepare me to understand DMM. In this video he makes a case for moving away from a “gospel of forgiveness” because it isn’t in line with Jesus’ desire to make disciples. Although it is rather long, I’ve never regretted listening to … Read moreWhat kind of Gospel?
My incessant,often addictive thirst for knowledge leads me strange places. On a blog entitled Turnaround Pastor, the author suggest the “Turnaround Pastor” can learn from Apple. Specifically a talk given by Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple. I thought it might have relevance to those of us attempting to catalyze multiplicative disciple making … Read moreWhat can a Disciple Making Movement catalyst learn from Apple?
If what we’ve been taught about world geography is wrong (watch video below), could it be that all we’ve been taught about the Mission of God in this world wrong too? Did Jesus trust the qualified or release the willing? tell us to plant churches or make disciples? command us to teach all the commands … Read moreIs all I’ve been taught, WRONG?
Daniel 9:17 Act out of who you are, not out of who we are. Daniel’s plea to God! Maybe the very reason we don’t approach God with confidence. We come expecting Him to act out of who I am not who He is! My bashfulness before God may have to do more with my sense … Read moreWhat if?
Someone deserves attribution for this but I have no idea of whom to blame. Somewhere in our (Moran family) past we started a tradition. It consisted of exchanging names with our kids and their significant others (started as boy friend and girl friends and now spouses). The assignment is to find a gift that represents … Read moreFound Gifts