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
As young leader I quickly got intoxicated on the power of vision. If you could draw a compelling picture of the future, much like the juicy red apple at the top of the ladder, people would follow you. An abrupt reality though was that they would follow only as long as their reality and your future … Read moreVision isn’t everything especially if a rung is missing
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Back in the day, I mean “THE DAY” there was an argument not about Mac vs PC but PC versus Mainframe. People said: “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977 “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas … Read morePersonal Computer vs Main Frame
In my bones I feel the birth pangs of change. A new Reformation which de-industrializes the “church.” Trust me I am no prophet. Geez, I matriculated from Dallas Seminary, they’d rescind my degree if they heard me talking like this. But something is up! Seth Godin’s challenge to business leaders could be couched as a … Read moreAre we on the cusp of a new Reformation?
Invariably when meeting with people (usually more vintage in years) attempting to move the Kingdom of Jesus forward on this earth, the discussion turns to the “Millenials.” If we could just figure out how to reach, engage, extract money from and the list goes— the “Millenials”—then _____________ (you fill in the blank but it generally … Read moreMillenials, a metaphor for disaster!
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
Ted Esler has written an insightful article comparing a “Traditional” model of spreading the Good News to a new approach entitle “CPM.” CPM stands for Church Planting Movements and is often described in the west a “DMM” or Disciple-Making Movements. Here is a small taste of a necessary read: In the Proclamational Model leaders within the church … Read moreHave you read this article?
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?”
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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