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Category: Discipleship

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Function as a Team

by Brandon Guindon: Have you ever played a game of tug-o-war? Several years ago while I served on staff at Real Life Ministries we had an incredible event during which an epic tug-o-war took place. Let me set the stage for you. The event was called Battle on the Bluff. It […]

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A Conversation with Joel Southerland about Social Media and Evangelism: Podcast 221

by Nils Smith: If there is one thing that we keep on hearing from our church leaders who use social media, it’s that “Social media is a tool for evangelism!” – and it’s something that most of us agree with. The rest of the details, however, often do not follow. […]

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Radical Mentoring

by Regi Campbell: Mentoring in a small group can change you, your church and the world. It sounds dramatic, but we believe it’s true. The world needs sold-out, all-in Jesus followers—leaders and disciple makers. The church is Jesus’ chosen vehicle for spreading his Name and mentoring is his chosen vehicle […]

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Equip and Release Leaders

by Brandon Guindon: I love March Madness—the time of year when 64 college basketball teams have the opportunity to make a run for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title. The stories, players, and coaches that emerge are incredible. I can remember watching many of the famous matchups and unbelievable buzzer […]

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8 Gifts to “Pour Into” the Leaders You’re Developing

by Brandon A. Cox: It’s great to be “pouring into” people. That’s a popular phrase in today’s leadership environment. I’ve used it because I like the word picture of it. Whatever I may have learned about life and leadership, I’m supposed to be passing along to others. But what does the […]

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Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

by Brandon Guindon:  This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, Stay the Course: Seven Essential Practices for Disciple Making Churches. Download it free here. Elk are incredible animals. I have spent the better part of 25 years watching, studying, and hunting them. In my opinion, they are one […]

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Advance – Five New Reasons Why You DO Want to Launch that New Church or Campus

By Warren Bird: What did leaders from more than 1,500 new churches or multisite campuses tell us about what they’ve learned and experienced? “8 Launch Wins,” our newly released report gives you wisdom from comparing various approaches and circumstances. Here is the infographic from the richly illustrated report, which is […]

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Making Disciples Like Jesus? Then Love Like Jesus

by Bobby Harrington: Most people do not know how to love one another. We must learn how to do that. So, without that knowledge, most people only love those who agree with them politically or socially or morally. If you are different, they think, What is wrong with you, the […]

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Taking the “I” Out of Discipleship

by Bill Hull and Brandon Cook:  The first, and perhaps the most obvious, problem with The Human Paradigm is that we never arrive! Have you noticed that X is ever-elusive? The closer you get to it, the farther away you realize it is! This plays out in life all the time, […]

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Why Attending Church No Longer Makes Sense

by Carey Nieuwhof: The trend is practically universal: fewer people are attending church every year. You might have even asked the question yourself. Why bother? There are many reasons why that’s happening (I outline 10 here), but I think it’s increasingly evident that it no longer makes sense to attend […]