What is the Call to Ministry?

Scholars have defined and categorized the call to ministry in various ways. Jeff Iorg defines calling as a “profound impression from God that establishes parameters for your life.”[1] Iorg explains three types of call experiences as 1) the universal call to Christian service and growth, 2) the general call to ministry leadership, and 3) the…

Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah

In the book of Nehemiah, God did a great work through his people to build the broken wall and establish the city once again.  One of the main reasons this work was accomplished is because God used a great leader, Nehemiah, to motivate, organize, and inspire the people.  Nehemiah overcame great opposition and multiple obstacles, always…

Counterfeit Gods Diagnostic Questions

Our book club just recently finished the book, Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller.  Keller gives his definition of an idol and a counterfeit god, “What is an idol?  It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you only what…

Four Chair Discipling

I am currently reading an excellent book by Dann Spader called 4 Chair Discipling.  In this book, Spader takes a look at Jesus’ life and ministry and pulls out principles for us to strive for as we seek to make disciples.  Each chair represents a stage in the growth process in the Christian life.  Spader…

A Praying Life

I recently taught a class at church based on the book A Praying Life by Paul Miller.  This book has impacted many of my friends and I wanted to share with everyone the notes we used for our class.  I also wanted to share a few of the prayer resources that we looked at.  Hope…

The Armor of God!

Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the full armor of God.  Paul gives a vivid metaphor of the items of battle that a Roman soldier was equipped with.  He equates each piece of armor to a spiritual reality as we take our stand against the schemes of the devil.  Below is a document I put…

Bible Reading Worksheets

In his book, One to One Bible Reading, David Helm goes through a very helpful acronym called “COMA”  It is a meditation type of technique to help you slow down and write out the things you are learning as you read the Bible.  It stands for Context, Observation, Meaning, and Application.  This is a very…

Radical.net and Secret Church

Sshhhhh… just wanted to pass along an awesome “secret” website called radical.net.  I especially recommend the resources tab and click on Secret Church.  When you go there you will find a ton of videos, notes, and audio of the past topics.  We have taken groups through this material for many years now and it is…