June 20, 2017
hope beyond bars

Prison: The Surprising Source of World-Class Leaders

Rev. Don Allsman The problem with mass incarceration in America has been widely reported.  We pity prisoners and recognize the problems, but we don’t always see the potential.  We are training over 1400 people in 70 prison locations to be leaders in the Lord’s Great Commission.  Instead of being a drag on society, returning citizens are going to our neediest mission fields with formal theologically training.  This gives new meaning to “remember those who are in prison.” Read full article from Rev. Don Allsman below.    The writer of Hebrews said, “Remember those who are in prison, as though in […]
June 20, 2017
tape management

Managing Your Life: Balancing Priorities

by Barry Voss Usually as pastors or church leaders we spend most our time trying to manage the people and resources of our ministry. We constantly think about how to lead others, train others, or develop them into leaders as well. Consequently, we often forget to manage the one person who also needs help – ourselves! God has given each of us one life to live.  How we live that life is a measure of our love for God and what He has done for us through Jesus Christ.  There is so much that God wants to do in and […]
June 15, 2017

The GProCongress for Pastoral Trainers: One Year Anniversary

Over 2,500 of the most adventurous among them, from over 101 countries, traveled in buses, on planes, and trains across time zones to a gathering with other pastoral trainers at the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers (GProCongress). Pastoral trainers are leaders who provide support and strengthening for those that brave the grueling spotlight and testing ground of the Sunday pulpit. There are growing numbers of pastors who are often ill-equipped and overwhelmed. The Congress attendees brought with them their hunger for community, connection, resources and opportunity. Ten days later, the Congress concluded and they left challenged and changed. They […]
June 8, 2017

Reproducing Disciple-Making Leaders

How to reproduce disciple-making leaders? As we look toward the principles of the GProCongress and training pastoral leaders, we must move from the internal to the external. My last two posts highlighted the more important internal dimensions of being a Christ-like leader before we can pass anything along to others. In this post, I will be focusing on reproducing disciple-making leaders. Our relationship with Christ Our relationship with Christ is primary and nothing you can do should supersede that objectives. It comes first and foremost and I find that most pastors fail in this area. Often they get caught up […]
June 1, 2017

Coaching? 50 Must Ask Questions

By DARREN POKE Resharing this blog post with the kind permission of LeadingWithQuestions.com  50 Great Coaching Questions One of the key skills to being an effective coach is learning how to ask the right questions. As a Life Coach with over ten years experience, I have been able to build up a sizable number of coaching questions that I’ve used effectively and I thought that I would try to catalog some of my favorites for this post. I was trained in the GROW (Goal, Reality, Options and Way Forward) Model, so I’ll be listing these questions under the relevant section. Goal: What must […]
May 25, 2017

How to Develop Curriculum that Changes the World

Mr. V was crushed. According to the outdated advertisement for the Lausanne Conference he was reading about online, he had just missed a gathering of pastoral trainers. He didn’t even know other people like him existed. “I thought I was the only one out there, doing this pastoral training thing.” His ministry was in need of connections and so much more…and then as if by divine intervention, a small ad caught his eye for something called the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers. He had never heard of it before but something told him this was his shot. This was […]
May 18, 2017

How To Overcome Inevitable Resistance to Change

by Chuck Gianotti “We never did it that way before!” You have sought the Lord’s guidance and are now leading His people in a new direction of ministry. But, there is resistance to change. Certainly, change can be misguided—like trying out the latest fad to sweep the Christian world. And change is clearly wrong if it involves compromising biblical principles or doctrine. But, the Lord can also inspire change in ministry methods. The visionary elder or church leader longs to adopt Paul’s creative attitude in 1 Corinthians 9:23, “I have become all things to all men so that by all […]