Tuesday, March 31, 2020

On the Road Season 3: What do movement leaders look like?

Due to the ever changing normal we all find ourselves in, I'm launching a new season of my On the Road to No Place Left podcast. I'm going to be working with Jeff Sundell to interview a handful of people on the question - What does a movement leader look like?

Listen to Jeff for more details, and click here if you can't view the audio player.

Logistically this is a pause right in the middle of Season 2 of On the Road. I still have more than a dozen interviews to publish with people pursuing No Place Left without getting paid for it. Those are still coming.

Because of the timing of the corona virus and the urgency of pursuing No Place Left... that every people and every place would be engaged with the Gospel by 2025... we're going to jump in and do it.
One last thing, everything in No Place Left is open source. So if you want the original audio from the interviews to share on your own channels, reach out and let me know.

Be sure to subscribe as the first interview will be out soon.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Keep the Care Coming

I literally just got two phone calls from two different organizations in a two minute timespan (no joke) both asking how I was doing in the COVID season and offering to pray for me.  And I know that's a small snapshot of the proactive care that is going on everywhere.

I'm super-glad that this chaos we're all feeling has moved us to reach out and connect.

The challenge: Let's not stop when life returns to normal. Is there any reason we shouldn't keep calling and checking on people? Shouldn't we offer to pray for people regardless of the circumstances?

Here's hoping.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bonus: Pursuing NoPlaceLeft in the COVID Chaos

How do we multiply out ministry in the chaos of coronavirus?

If you can't view the audio player, click here for this podcast episode.

This is a "best parts" of a Zoom call with about 20 No Place Left practitioners regarding the current corona crisis. There's two questions that we asked:
 1) What are you doing for ministry?
 2) How are you multiplying that out?

We have a tendency in times of chaos to hunker down, but the call to pursue movements of disciples and churches... to see no place left where Jesus isn't known, means we still chase multiplication in uncertain times.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Andy & Danny in Czechia

Time for a story of #NoPlaceLeft work in Europe... from two guys NOT getting paid as missionaries or pastors.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A before/after COVID ministry update - March 2020

Right now most of our lives have a “before COVID-19/after COVID-19 “feel. The pictures and stories in this update are no different.

Whenever I can I try to pass off training to those I’ve trained. This is Tanner, who is helping me train about 40 people at a Bloomington/Normal Gospel Conversation Training.

And this is Clark at the same training, a pastor who was one of the first people to train me to share the Gospel.

I finished training a men’s group to share their testimony. Adrian (12) took over and taught someone how to share the Gospel using the Three Circles Gospel tool.

We (myself and two youth pastors) have been engaging local students with the Gospel before school starts.

We are using online technology to keep training. I am facilitating an “Iron on Iron”, which is a tool to sharpen leaders.

Here my supervisor Tom is wrapping up a call with a simple tool reminding us of our identity in Christ.

Despite the changing world we find ourselves in, the #NoPlaceLeft vision remains the same: Give everyone in Illinois the chance to hear the Gospel in a conversation.

The Brutal Facts are that right now, in Illinois, there are ten million people that are far from God and without a relationship with Jesus.

What’s it going to take to reach them with the Gospel?

In Acts 19:8-10 we read of an amazing work of God when a whole province heard the word of the Lord. God used multiplying disciples that carried the Gospel and started churches everywhere they went.

It will take the same thing today. This COVID-19 season has given us the opportunity to train widely online. Will you join me in sharing the Gospel and making disciples until there is #NoPlaceLeft? 

Contact me if you would like training. I have several online groups you can join or we can schedule a time that fits your needs.

Prayer must surround everything we do. In fact, it’s one of the first pieces we train on. Would you be willing to pray for me, my family, and ministry opportunities? Please let me know if I can send you my weekly email prayer updates. 

We’re looking to raise our final 5% of support for 2020. Could you help with that?
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

This is a marathon, not a sprint.

This is a marathon, not a sprint.*

I'm referring, of course, to the Covid19 season we find ourselves in.

I know we all hope it's going to be a sprint, but if we can learn from how things have gone in other parts of the world I think we need to acknowledge this could be a long haul.

A sprint mentality means we binge watch our favorite shows and cruise social media for hours.
A marathon mentality realizes life is going to look different for awhile, so we should dig in and set up good habits for this season.

I hope it is a sprint, but I'm not counting on it.

*Thanks to my lovely wife for this line.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Guidelines for Online Gatherings

Since we're all gathering online over the next several weeks here are a few basics to help those gatherings go well.
  • If you're meeting in groups of 5 or more (or you have any background noise in the room), put yourself on mute when you're not talking.
  • Don't dance around. Stay relatively still and focused on the screen.
  • A little attention to lighting goes a long way. Make sure we can see your face.
  • Put your phone on airplane mode and turn off your email. You wouldn't check your email during an in person Bible study, so don't do it online.
  • If you're facilitating the meeting, don't be afraid to remind people of these basics.
  • If your internet connection is weak, turn off your video. Audio only isn't quite as good but it usually improves the quality if you need it.

What other tips and tricks have you found helpful gathering online?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Ryan and Lexi in Property Management

Ever feel like your full time job is a backup plan for God's work in the world? This will encourage you that God wants to use your vocation to expand his kingdom.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

What to do now that we're stuck inside

With the limit to social interactions for the next 8 weeks (or more), the assumption might be that we can't share the Gospel, make disciples, or advance the kingdom.


Here are some simple practical things you can do right now, while you're stuck inside, to build the church.

  • Pray. Of course I would start with that. But how many of us are using a lighter schedule to spend more time in prayer? Or are we just cruising Facebook or Instagram more?
  • Reach out to your friends and family. People are in need of human interaction. Even if you can't meet in person, schedule a video call and interact. Find out how you can pray for them and pray right then on the phone.
  • Share the Gospel. You can, right now, start a Gospel conversation with the people in your own home. You can use your phone or computer to clearly share about Jesus to those in your life that need His hope the most. 
  • Get training. If you don't know how to pray for the lost and share the Gospel, you can get training online. Even more than watching a video or listening to a podcast, we can meet online and actually train you in the skills you need. We can even practice simple disciple-making skills to make disciples now AND get us ready for the future when we can engage in person again.
So what are you waiting for?

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Brett & Abigail in San Antonio

Can you really pursue #NoPlaceLeft with a job, young kids, and a full schedule? Listen for some great perspective to orient your life around the gospel and discipleship from Brett and Abigail.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Jack the Entrepreneur

What would you do with your time if you could support yourself on two work days each week?  Whose kingdom would you build with that extra time?

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