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Coon Sr.'s timeline.
I ran across this earlier today. Still great advice. “Don’ts for Young Pastors

1. Don’t live beyond your income
2. Don’t be a stingy person
3. Don’t preach your doubts
4. Don’t preach so much against things as for principles
5. Don’t be tempted on any occasion to not preach your best.
6. Don’t be looking for a larger field or another call
7. Don’t be a pessimist
8. Don’t deal in off-color stories
9. Don’t lose your temper in public
10. Don’t overlook the Bible when looking for [preaching] texts
11. Don’t be jealous of your fellow ministers
12. Don’t scold or deal in personalities
13. Don’t be artificial or sensational
14. Don’t belittle little things
15. Don’t be lazy
16. Don’t neglect the sick and sorrowing
17. Don’t betray a confidence
18. Don’t fail to keep your appointments
19. Don’t allow anyone to dictate your message
20. Don’t fail to pray

Daniel F. Ruth, Ministry, March 1981”
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Not sure where I picked this up, but it brings a smile. Be careful how you answer the question, "How Are You Feeling?"

Farmer Joe has an accident with a Trucking Company. The farmer decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company (responsible for the accident) to court. In court, the trucking company's fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Joe. Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, "I'm fine," said the lawyer?

Farmer Joe responded, "Well I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the......."

"I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted, "just answer the question." "Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'"

Farmer Joe said, "Well I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road..."

The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question."

By this time the Judge was fairly interested in Farmer Joe's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say about his favorite mule Bessie."

Joe thanked the Judge and proceeded, "Well as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side.

I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident, a Highway Patrolman came on the scene.

He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes.

Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. He said, "Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are YOU feeling?"
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Think about this . . . A church planter tried an experiment. He sat at a coffee shop with a sign reading, “I’ll buy you a cup of coffee if you let me tell you my story about God.” Over several hours, only 1 person responded. The next day he had a different sign. It said, “I’ll buy you a cup of coffee if you tell me your story about God.” People lined up to tell him their stories. Many were in tears and thanked him for listening.” ... See MoreSee Less

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