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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #013: YA GETS WUTCHA PAYS FER

#13 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. A few years ago, a missionary appointee reported that he was contacting about five pastors every month to arrange meetings in their churches, and thought…

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Internships Gotta Be Done

Any father of a teenager learning to drive knows the struggle, particularly if the family car is worth anything! Despite their reading of the state driver’s safety book, and a dutiful dad’s repeated and detailed instructions about site lines, brake distances, turning indicators, radio volume, windshield wiper speeds, and accelerator sensitivity … the kid will…

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Training Leaders by Planting Churches!

Steve has always wanted to be an accountant.  He is just wired that way, and through his teen years he dreamed of mixing it up with the white-collar crowd and crunching the numbers in some downtown firm.  The problem is that when he went to college Steve majored in journalism, and since then, he has…

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Getting Up Stairs

Jim was an owner of a large construction company.  His local community was going to build a new hospital and Jim wanted the challenge of building it.   He was frustrated with the old hospital building because his father was confined to a wheel chair and found it was most difficult to getting into and around…

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Mentoring….or Discipling?

IF I ONLY HAD A MENTOR[1] Let me take you back in time.  Remember when you were twenty-one years old (if you aren’t 21 yet, go back five years).  Remember how you felt: shy, arrogant, brash, insecure, over-confident, unsure, questioning.  Remember where you were. Now remember the three adults in your life whom you respected…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #011: WARM CALLING

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #011: WARM CALLING

#11 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. A missionary colleague of mine expressed some time ago that the people in his church were very hesitant to get involved in personal evangelism. When…

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A Ministry Report Card

One of the most frequent questions asked at a pastors’ meeting is, “How are things going in your ministry?”  Normally, the response is something like “Fine.”  Depending on how transparent we want to be, the answer may be slightly modified.  But what does “Fine” mean?  The word certainly leaves a lot of wiggle room for…

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The Challenge of Continual Change

“We don’t want our church to change!”  Too late.  Your local church is more organism than organization.  It is a living thing.  It was born, it has a certain level of health at this point, and it will die.  The average lifespan of a local church is about 70 years – roughly the same as…

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