Why They Left Our Small Group

This post was written by my good friend, Troy Hawks.  Troy is the pastor of Real Life Arizona, our first church plant from Real Life Texas.  Troy has been “working out” relational discipleship with a faithful group of believers in Scottsdale, AZ.  They get it.  It’s becoming “who they are” and stories like this prove it. I cannot wait to see what God will grow from this great beginning.   – Pastor Brandon Some good friends just left our small group. And they aren’t coming back.  It’s been a little […]

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Discover It – Part 2

Imagine for a moment that we have an entire group of football players wearing a jersey and standing on the field, but who have very little knowledge of how to actually play the game. They know some of the language but have no idea how to work together as a team, execute the most basic plays, or how to win the game. Complete chaos would ensue if we just threw those players onto the field and said, “Go play football.” Previous to their years together, His disciples had no experience […]

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Discover It – Part 1

“As you go into the world, make disciples!” Regardless of language, culture or background, most Christians recognize this phrase as The Great Commission. Leaders throughout history have grappled with the call given by King Jesus to his church. Throughout church history the pendulum sways to varying degrees when it comes to fulfilling the call. Of all the commentary, analysis, books and research done on the life of Jesus Christ over the centuries, one thing often stands overlooked – the culture he created with The Twelve. Jesus created the most loving, […]

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Being Imitators

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to speak at two conferences and work with several other churches. Along with that, I have been on a personal journey studying the finer details of Jesus’ intentional actions he modeled for the disciples. Several conversations over the last month led to analogies of hunting and fishing (I know, big surprise). One analogy I used several times was in regards to teaching someone to fly fish. You cannot simply hand someone a book on fly fishing and expect them to […]

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Intentional Leadership: Parenting

I want to thank everyone that continues to follow and share my blog.  Those that have for a while know that I believe strongly in developing and cultivating the potential in others.  My friend Joel Owen, Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Kingsport Tennessee wrote this week’s post.  Joel is doing an awesome job at leading his team and developing a very healthy disciple making culture.  I am so glad to have Joel contribute, I hope you enjoy reading his thoughts on discipling those around you as much as I […]

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Planting and Patience

After I wrote this, but before Monday when I normally post to the blog, Houston experienced an historic flood.  This week has been filled with checking on, helping and praying for people in our lives and our city who have lost cars, property and more due to the flood.  As a result, this post was delayed to the end of the week.  I hope it will still challenge and encourage you, and I hope you will join me in praying for the people of Houston and surrounding areas.  -Brandon Moving […]

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Details

“Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.” My father in law still preaches that idea whenever he talks about anything mechanical. A mechanic by trade and a detailed man by design, God made my father in law Earl to be a real technician and a man I deeply respect. He would always model for me how important it is to pay close attention to the details. I am poor at keeping an eye on the most detailed things in life. My wonderful wife refers to […]

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Equip & Release Leaders

I love March Madness – the time of year when 64 college basketball teams get the opportunity to make a run at the NCAA title. The stories, players, and coaches that emerge are incredible. I can remember watching many of the famous matchups and incredible buzzer beaters that have occurred over my 30 years of following the tournament. Even though I am not a Duke fan, there are very few coaches on the planet I respect more than “Coach K”, Mike Krzyzewski. His leadership on the floor and knowledge of […]

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Shepherd Toward Spiritual Maturity

Elk are incredible animals. I have spent the better part of 25 years watching, studying and hunting them. In my opinion, they are one of God’s greatest creations, and not a year goes by that they do not teach me something new about God, His creation and even myself. The fifth essential in a disciple making church is to shepherd people toward spiritual maturity. Believe it or not, one year while bow hunting, a cow elk taught me a tremendous amount about shepherding people. I was pressing through some of […]

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Connect The Unconnected

A sign hung in a church foyer asks each person that passes by, “Are you connected?” As I stopped and read that sign, I wondered,what determines if I am or am not connected? For most of my years in ministry I have worked hard at helping people connect into the church in various ways. I have even had arguments with church leaders about what determines “true connection.” If you spend much time around me or read my blogs, you will quickly find out that I strongly believe that you MUST […]

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