Everyday Disciple

Be One, Make One.

Love Each Other As I Have Loved You

EGR. Extra. Grace. Required. At one time or another we have all had that person in our small group. At one time or another we have all been that person in our small group. You know, that person in which extra grace is required in order to walk along the path of relationship with them and to point them to the way of Jesus.
Grace is often defined as…

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Addition by Subtraction

Some good friends just left our small group. And they aren’t coming back. It’s been a little over six months since we invited them. Over that time we have had them in our home, barbecued together, and vacationed together. We celebrated together and walked through difficult situations together. So what happened?

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Silence In The Noise

I remember vividly the absolute silence surrounded me. Sitting on a log, I contemplated the walk through the snow back to my truck. I had spent the morning deer hunting and found myself less interested in the hunt and more wanting to hear from God. So, I took a break and found the closest thing that would serve as a good chair.

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Where I Longed To Be

Seasons of transition and change are never easy, and this season began with my wife and I feeling released from our old church: the church where we thought we’d grow old. We were both on staff at that church, and we had been dreaming of a much more intentionally relational approach to ministry. We had been a part of so many churches growing up, and most of them felt similar: members attend until they hopefully begin to serve on the weekend or…

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Chasing Strays

Netflix, dinner alone, sleep, repeat. That’s how every evening went for me back in 2017. And I thought I wanted it that way. A few months before, I had decided to walk away from a staff position at my church to take a job in sales. I moved 40 minutes down the road, leaving my church and community behind. After being gently and rightly reprimanded…

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Diet & Exercise for a Healthy Small Group

You know what they say about how to have a healthy body, focus on diet and exercise. What about having a healthy small group? Suppose you have read any of the other blogs on the RDN website. In that case, you are aware of how vital intentional, authentic relationships are to the small group’s health.

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I’m Not Good Enough

“I’m not good enough.”…I don’t know why this thought established residence in my mind, but it did. Being “good enough” lives at the top of my list in the battle to obey and grow as greatest hurdle a disciple of Jesus. However, this phrase has been a powerful teacher, showing me the faithfulness of our God.

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3 Keys to Creating a Relational Environment

I hate to admit this, but I am not a person that naturally seeks out time with people. I love people. I really do! But the truth is, I am content by myself. So when I see that a third of the formula for relational discipleship is “creating a relational environment”, I sometimes feel like I am starting from behind.

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One on One Disciple-Making

When I first joined the RDN (Relational Discipleship Network), one of the ways we had to shift our church was not in overall structure to

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Meeting Community Needs

If you want to understand your community, and what the needs are, spend a lot of time out there. Every place you go and every

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On Mission in Small Group

A Disciple… Someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and ON MISSION with Jesus. What an opportunity we have to know and do

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Out of the Shadows

A few months ago, our church hosted a community outreach event which provides shoes and socks to children in our community. Our planned strategy for

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