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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #002: WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #002: WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?

            #2 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. Did your parents ever ask you, “Why are you doing that?” It was always a disconcerting question because it…

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Is There a Crisis in Missions?

In answer to the question above, many pastors and those in missions would say there is:  the number of qualified servant leaders being graduated by our seminaries and the number of people applying for vocational missionary service has been declining for the last 20 years.  As the population of the world continues to grow and…

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Am I a Mentor or a Coach?

In the article, Focusing on What’s Best a key responsibility of a pastor is training new leaders that are within his congregation. Real training involves more than education (head knowledge).  It must also involve skill development (hands) and this is done through mentoring and coaching.  Aren’t these the same terms? Mentoring is Relationship The word “mentor” comes…

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Focusing on What’s Best

“In your work, you should have no more than 3-5 spheres of activity.  You can’t do more than five things well.  To the extent you are doing more than five kinds of things, you are probably giving insufficient time and focus to one or more of the five.” This is advice from a Christian businessman…

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Bringing Balance to your Mission Program

Every local church has its own distinctive missions philosophy and practices.  Whether these ideas are written down or exist in the minds of the pastoral staff or missions committee, they are normally a mixture of biblical principles, family ties, cultural values, corporate management practices, personal preferences and the church’s history and traditions. BIBLICAL BALANCES Just…

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The One-Legged Cyclist

Can you imagine riding a bicycle with one leg?  It could work, but it sure would be challenging.  You undoubtedly know how to ride a bike.  As you press down with your right foot, you bring your left foot around to press down with that one.  While one leg is doing the work, the next…

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The Iceberg

About 85% of an iceberg is actually under water.  Most of these frozen mountains are hidden from view.  Ever thought about how you go about building one?  The first step would be to describe what it would look like: how tall, how wide, etc.  About 85% of the work would have to be done under…

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We’ve Changed Our Mind About Missions

Pastor, I’d like take a few moments and ask you a question.  It’s a question that I asked myself several years ago while pastoring Shenandoah Baptist Church.  It’s a question that ended up taking me in a different path in my ministry in ways I could not have imagined. A Real Ministry Scenario Let me…

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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

#1 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. That’s apo-luo, not apo-luau. No need to run out and look for a lei and a grass skirt. If you’ve given Acts 13 a close…

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