Notice What’s Happening with People

Today, as we near the end of this series of posts, let’s discuss the “N” in C.L.O.S.I.N.G. the Back Door. The “N” stands for Notice What’s Happening with People. Every church needs a way to keep up with people and to track their progress toward successful assimilation. Several affordable, customizable…

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C.L.O.S.I.N.G. the Back Door

Tomorrow evening, some of my buddies and I are kicking off an eight-stop assimilation tour across the state of Kentucky. The tour spreads through March – May of this year. Joining me on the tour will be Darryl Wilson from The Sunday School Revolutionary along with our Kentucky Baptist Strategists, Glen Cummins, Mike James,…

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Ordering Your Private World

“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-make you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed.”  Romans 12:2 (Phillips) Gordon MacDonald’s book, Ordering Your Private World, is was one of the most helpful books I have ever read.  I highly…

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Are You Spiritually Healthy?

How’s your spiritual health? No, really — how is it? In his book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Donald Whitney helps the reader determine if he or she is spiritually healthy or simply spiritually busy. The two are not the same thing. As you will recall, no group was…

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New Believer Mentoring

Have you ever mentored a new believer? If not, plan to do so in the near future! It is one of the most exciting and inspiring assignments you will ever accept as a Christian. Here are some basic, fundamental steps a person might take during the first year as he/she mentors a…

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Read the Bible

What is the most important spiritual discipline? What is the one thing that is paramount when it comes to maturing as a follower of Christ? I believe the Bible is the key. As a follower of Christ, I have discovered that my intimacy with Christ rises and falls in connection…

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Discipleship Evangelist

As a young pastor, I read several books that impacted my life and gave focus to my ministry. One particular book that impacted me the most was The Disciple-Making Pastor by Bill Hull. In his book, Hull challenges and encourages the pastor to adopt disciple making as his primary assignment…

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Be a Great Host

On May 22, 2008, we will host Dr. Gary L. McIntosh at the Kentucky Baptist Convention building for a one-day conference that will focus on assimilation. The event will be the final stop of the 2008 Assimilation Tour that we will conduct across the state. In his book, Beyond the First Visit, Gary…

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Helpful Discipleship Tools

Through the years, LifeWay Christian Resources has been on the leading edge in producing great discipleship materials. In addition to helpful materials, LifeWay developed several planning and assessment tools that provide help to discipleship programs of any size. I have copies of each of these tools and will provide them…

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