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Posts from the ‘Discipleship’ Category

28
Mar

The Art of Counseling (Part 2/2) by Renee Handtke

CounselingTrue Christian ministry will always center on grace flooding the heart so that lives are changed and problems are actively solved. One of the best ways to help people is NOT solving their problems for them, but pointing them in the right direction of God’s grace and truth. The individual we are trying to help may or may not have caused the problem, but if they relate to it the wrong way, they will most certainly make it worse. Life has a way of bringing out what’s really in us, and that is where the grace of God comes in.

In part two of this series, we want to look at solution-based counseling. Read more »

17
Dec

The Holiday Battle

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The holidays are some of the best times of the year; great food, family, friends, time off and time alone. It is a chance to check out from your regular crazy schedule. But one thing that good microchurch leaders never do is check out from their time with Jesus. Read more »

22
Oct

Creating a Culture of Honor

honorgodWhat is honor, what does it look like, and how do you create a culture of honor within your microchurch?

Honor. It is not just to respect those in authority, or to recognize those who have made a significant accomplishment. This should be a given. But as a follower of Jesus it is much more. Honor starts with humility and becomes a lifestyle. Read more »

30
Jun

Community: Inside & Outside of Microchurch

KnotThere is something about meeting people where they are at outside of the traditional microchurch/bible study setting.  As much as we try not to, we all come with our “Bible study face” on when we go to church functions like a microchurch.  It isn’t until you mix that up or hang out with people outside of your microchurch night that you really can get to genuinely know a person (or at least some other sides of them).  Here are some  suggestions on how to build community both in and out of your microchurch setting that don’t involve traditional, cheesy or churchy activities : Read more »

1
May

Facilitating Prayer in Your MC

PrayerEvery person coming into your microchurch has a different level maturity when it comes to prayer.  You may have newbies who have never prayed in their life to seasoned intercessors who have logged more hours on their knees than you have been leading a microchurch!  So how do you, the microchurch leader, facilitate a prayerful microchurch where those who know nothing of prayer can grow in this critical aspect of their faith while at the same time not going so elementary that those seasoned prayer warriors are twiddling their thumbs?

I am going to give you a few tips on how to facilitate prayer in your microchurch where everyone wins: Read more »

5
Mar

Strength in Numbers: Microchurch Collaboration

Stone wallPart of the beauty of the microchurch movement is that each microchurch is a unique expression of  the body of Christ.  But what happens when there is a gift, wisdom, or even a type of outreach that  is needed that may not be expressed in the microchurch you are in?    If that is the case, then it may be time to reach outwards and partner with other microchurches (or a macro expression of church) to ensure that the fullness of the body of Christ is being properly utilized.  Here are some reasons why creating a culture of collaboration will benefit not only your microchurch but the ones you reach out to as well: Read more »

12
Dec

The Bourne Leader

BourneThe Bourne Identity was a great movie.  Jason Bourne was a secret agent that was part of an experimental government test that enhanced his natural abilities, allowing him to be one of the best spies/agents ever.  He saw things that no one else saw and did things that no one else would think of doing in certain situations… the best microchurch leaders have this “Bourne edge” to them; able to perceive things and lead the microchurch in a way that not many see but in a way that benefits everyone and enhances every members’ microchurch experience.  Here are a few tips to subtly enhancing your skills as a microchurch leader that no one will even notice you are doing but will increase the quality of your microchurch! Read more »

30
Oct

How to Deal with Problem Members

Help - Dealing with Problem MembersIf you are a microchurch leader, you have had this happen; you are having a great night and then all the sudden one person completely sidetracks the entire evening by putting the focus exclusively on them.  It doesn’t matter what you were talking about, praying about, or doing… they craved the spotlight and tried shut everything else down so the focus would be on them.  So what do you do when you have a member of your microchurch that is completely (and sometimes regularly) throwing your microchurch off track?

Here are a few ways to handle a “problem” member: Read more »

23
Sep

The Power of X: Exponential Discipleship

Here’s a cool visual representation of exponential discipleship.

9
Sep

Leaving a Discipleship Legacy

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What a powerful word.  It is what is left of you when you are gone.  It represents your life effort and the effectiveness of how well you pulled it off.   I believe one of the most important questions that is going to be asked on judgment day as we stand before Jesus is, “How many disciples did you make?”  So let me ask you a personal question; how many disciples have you made up to this point in your life?  I am not talking about how many spiritual conversations you had or how many times you sort of helped someone out.  That wasn’t the question. Read more »