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Category: Discipleship

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Why Your Church Sucks at Reaching People

by Peyton Jones: Know why your church sucks at reaching people?“It” was never meant to. You were. Churches are never going to be effective at reaching people. Churches don’t reach people. People do. Churches don’t make disciples. People do. Don’t count on your Pastor to reach people either. They strategize and […]

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Disciples Who Make Disciples

by Tom Planck: The narrative that is unfolding in the Church today is not a good read. There are 355,000 plus churches in the United States and better than 80% of them are either in plateau or decline1. These churches are not only declining numerically, but they are also seeing […]

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What’s the Difference Between Small Group and Bible Study?

by Jim Putman: Whether you a newcomer to the Church Community or you’ve been around it your entire life, you are sure to have run across some of the following terms: Sunday School, Small Group, Cell Group, Bible Study, Life Group, etc: These are all terms that have fought for position […]

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How Do You Make Disciples?

by Craig Etheredge: I love asking pastors that question. Not long ago, I sat around a conference table with several pastors, professors, and denominational leaders. We were all there to talk about discipleship. When the question was asked about how disciples are made, the thoughts were pretty vague and varied. Most […]

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Six Things Jesus Did To Equip His Disciples For Ministry

by Jim Putman: From the beginning, Jesus told the disciples that He would make them into something different: “Come, follow me,…and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Their occupation of catching fish changed into a mission of fishing for people. Each step along the way, Jesus taught them to share with others, […]

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Location Location Location

by Peyton Jones: I’ve looked at some pretty weird places to hold church.  I once took my leaders to a trucker stop and they thought I was crazy.  When they asked me where the childcare would go, I pointed at the ball pit over at the Burger King.  One of the […]

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Two Church Planting Startup Models

By Ed Stetzer: It is important to remember that ‘missiology’ is not a thing. It is things. Some people say, “We just have to think missiologically.” But, they need to know that a missiology of a tribal people group in Papau New Guinea is very different than a missiology of Chicago’s […]

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The 5 Stages of Growth for Disciples

By Jim Putman: As intentional disciple-makers, it is important for us to evaluate where our disciples are on their spiritual journey so that we can determine what they need from us. In order to do this well, we must be in relationship with them.  As a disciple maker, our role is to help […]

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Church Planting with no team

This week Peyton Jones and Pete Mitchell sit down to talk about Church Planting with no team. To get straight to listening click here and to download in iTunes click here. I talk a lot about the importance of having a team around you when you start your church plant. In fact, I recently […]