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A fascinating story about Jesus is recounted in Luke, chapter 8. Jesus had a crowd around him when a man named Jairus approached him. Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his home because his twelve-year-old daughter—his only child—was dying. So Jesus starts pushing his way through the throng of people in an attempt to make it to the man’s home.

People were clamoring for Jesus’ attention. They wanted their needs met. They were hungry for healing. They were reaching out to touch him. At one point Jesus stops, and a woman who had been ill for years is healed. […]

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I am so excited about the upcoming release of Small Matters.  I recently sat down with my co-author and friend, Jimmy Mellado.  We had the chance to talk about why Small Matters.  Check out this video:

Greg & Mellado about Book […]

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In recent history the church has embraced a model of discipleship that encourages parents to, “Bring your children to us and we will disciple them. And, by the way, we would love it if you would help.” This model is ineffective as much as it is unbiblical. It is imperative that the church today shifts to a new model of discipleship that encourages parents to, “Disciple your children as your primary responsibility. And, we (the church) would love to help.”

Because our world is becoming more and more sensitive to the needs of children, a reflection of the heart of God, it provides those of us who follow Jesus with an unprecedented opportunity to disciple children in our homes, in our churches, in our communities and throughout the world. […]

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I am very excited to announce the on sale date for the book that I have co-authored with Compassion International President, Jimmy Mellado, is April 12th.

Children have always been close to the heart of God and as followers of Jesus it is our responsibility to protect, nurture, and pass our faith to children.  In Small Matters: Why Children are Such a Big Deal, we offer a model of discipleship that encourages us all to raise up the next generation to be deeply committed to and in love with Jesus.

When we awaken to the fact that children between the ages of four and fourteen are the most likely to make a decision to follow Jesus, and that the discipleship that children receive forms their future, it will transform the way we view children, invest in them, reach out to them, teach them and ultimately, empower them to be disciples of Jesus. […]

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For the past 10 years, one vital key to my leadership has been The Stinklings.  Three close friends (Ben Cachiaras, senior pastor with Mountain Christian Church; Tim Harlow, senior pastor with Parkview Christian Church and Eddie Lowen, lead minister with Westside Christian Church) who have joined with me on the journey of ministry.

Last week, Eddie wrote an article for Christian Standard regarding this special friendship.  He writes, “Under circumstances none of us fully recalls, four lead pastors became friends and discussed our mutual need for a band of brothers. Exactly what the group needed to ultimately become, we weren’t certain. […]

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In the New Testament, the Greek word for disciple is mathetes. That word simply means “learner” or “pupil.” This means that every time we see the word disciple in the Bible, we can insert the word “learner.”

Here comes the key question … from whom am I learning?

A disciple of Jesus is someone who is intentionally choosing to learn from Jesus, in every area of life. Simple!

As we teach this to the church, we drive the point home through what we term the two core questions of discipleship:

What is Jesus saying to you? What are you doing in response? […]
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eBook: “Disciples Who Make Disciples: Turning Your Church Into a Multiplying Movement” Download Here

Continuing the story we began in our One Of eBook, this new release describes how RiverTree Church is building a culture that combines disciple making with mission. My friend Alex Absalom and I use this book to describe the practical steps the church has taken to begin the shift from merely reaching people to making disciples who in turn are equipped to go and make more disciples.

Disciples Who Make Disciples covers what it means to define discipleship in a biblical, simple yet challenging way (What is Jesus saying to you and what are you doing in response?); moving from educating to modeling, particularly through “balancing REI” (relationships, experiences and Information) and keeping the Bible at the center of discipleship by showing people how to understand Scripture in the details of their own lives, rather than relying on others to do it for them; developing clear language and practices that help communicate the shift from programs to discipleship as our primary purpose, specifically:

How RiverTree has developed Napkin Discipleship to build a common vocabulary of discipleship. […]
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eBook: “One Of” Download Here

Over the past several years as RiverTree forged ahead to make the transition from being a purely attractional model church (discipleship takes primarily in the weekend gatherings) to a missional church that is attractive (discipleship takes place primarily in relationships as followers of Jesus are on mission together), our leaders kept asking for something to read that would help them on the journey.  “One Of” is our response to that need.

Our prayer is that “One Of” will help you wherever you are on the journey to becoming an individual or a church who is serious about Jesus’ command to make disciples. […]

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