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Pastors: Stop Doing 80% of What You’re Doing!

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If you’re a pastor, a lot of the things you’re spending time on each week may not be producing as much fruit (making disciples) as you think. But all of us get caught on a hamster wheel of things we’ve added to our list of responsibilities, or someone else has, that over time become a…

Rebooting Community Rhythms After Lockdown

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As we move back toward normal and new rhythms in community, this can be a powerful time to re-evaluate our commitment to God’s mission, which has always been making disciples of Jesus. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we give you practical steps for rebooting your community rhythms as the lockdown and social distancing restrictions…

The High Value of Asynchronous Discipleship

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Building trust with others in person or online is key to making disciples of Jesus. Removing any barriers to the growth of these relationships is honoring to God. How might you begin to move past your own preferences, past experiences, or traditions to engage in new forms of discipleship?  This week on the Lifeschool Podcast,…

Gospel, Community, Mission: Why We Need All 3

The idea that ‘Gospel, Community and Mission’ is crucial to making mature disciples of Jesus may sound a little bit obvious to you at first. But it is surprising how few of us, and our churches, are careful to balance the focus and engagement of these powerful discipleship foundations.  This week on the Lifeschool Podcast,…

Making Progress Toward Making Disciples?

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With all the content and info available to us today–about anything and everything, including the Bible and making disciples—you would think every Christian would be a mature and confident disciple-maker by now. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about why true discipleship is not about the consumption and passing on of information. We…

Finding Your Value When “Doing” is Broken

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So many of us are not getting to do the same jobs and the same tasks or shoulder the same responsibilities and important stuff as we had been doing before this pandemic hit or before our church services shut down. Our egos and self-worth may be taking a big hit. This week on the Lifeschool…

The ‘New Normal’ Will Need Daring New Leaders

The ‘new normal’ we are entering into as believers will require daring new leaders who partner with their people, open new doors for not-yet believers, and model new ways of BEing the church. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about how our current and evolving reality will require church leaders to become humble…

Virtual Sacraments: 5 Ways to Do Communion Online

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One of the greatest pictures of the gospel and life in the Kingdom is expressed every time we share in the Lord’s Supper together. Can we, should we, and how do we participate in this sacrament during these times of social distancing? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we look at how the current reality…

Don’t Pray For Church To Return To Normal

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Sure, you might miss gathering at the church building. But God has given his Family an opportunity to hit the reset button on who we are and how we get to live and minister the Good News of the Kingdom of God in everyday life. People are waiting! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we…

[C19 XTRA] Pastors: 7 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself

Now that your duties include being a TV producer, online tech support, health expert and full-time counselor, it’s super important that you’re actively (intentionally) taking care of YOU! In this short BONUS episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we remind pastors that it is NOT selfish to care for yourself. If you don’t “sharpen the saw”…

Gospel Fluency and COVID-19 Fears

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Does the worldwide coronavirus crisis have you feeling anxious, out of control, afraid, or angry? You don’t have to stay in that place! The gospel speaks good news to all of this and can transform your mind, heart, and response right away. Do you know how to speak hope and freedom into all of this?!…

WWJD During This Pandemic?

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As Christians, we rack our brains for ways to build trust and relationships with people in our neighborhoods and cities. And we often hide behind the facade of, “Everyone’s just too busy to get together much…” Not anymore. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we ask, “What would Jesus do during this pandemic?” What would…

[BONUS] Evangelism or Discipleship Right Now?!

As we face new ways of BEing the church during this global pandemic, should we be focusing on evangelism or discipleship with people? In this short BONUS episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, Caesar will share with you a simple way to do both at the same time. This may surprise you a little! In This…

Coronavirus: A Gospel Opportunity Amid Crisis

Due to the fear and hysteria connected to the current Coronavirus outbreak, the Church is presented with an opportunity unlike any other we’ve probably seen in our lifetime.  On this special episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we look at our opportunity to truly glorify God and bring the reality of salvation, hope, and the Kingdom…

Discipleship and Mission in a Rural Context

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Jesus’ call and command to ‘go and make disciples’ means everywhere and is for everyone. If you are living under the false belief that, “This missional lifestyle just won’t work in our context,” this episode is for you! (Regardless of where you live.) This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we look at discipleship and mission…

Maybe You’ve Never Really Tried “Missional”

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Many church leaders think they’ve tried “missional community” before, and it failed. But actually… maybe they haven’t. Often, they’ve only tried more religion and new “DO to BE” activities with hipper language. That won’t get it done! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we look at the difference between talking a good missional game and…

Why Church Elders Should Be Lead Disciple-makers

Church Elders Should Be Making Disciples

Many pastors are working hard to lead their families and flocks to engage discipleship in all of life, but their biggest roadblocks to exponential growth are their own church elders! Oftentimes, these are “elders”, do not make disciples, and have never led another person to faith in Jesus. How could this be so common? This…

Everyday Discipleship + Our 3 Year Anniversary

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For Jesus, discipleship was a lifestyle, not a series of classes or big events he worked hard to promote and fill up the room. And he didn’t teach morality or doctrine and send his disciples out to try and sin less as they waited for his return. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we celebrate…

Changing Your Mind About Discipleship

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If the Church keeps doing what it has been for decades in connection to disciple-making, we will continue to see a decline in Christianity in our time. There is no better time than today to start changing our minds, changing the church and changing the world! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll give you…