Everyday Disciple

Be One, Make One.

Relational Truth

Relational Truth

“Your imagination can play tricks on you.” “Your imagination is running a wild.”   These are just a couple of statements that I have heard along the way while I was growing up. These statements and many others try to explain how the imagination can and sometimes does work. Man, do they ...
Creating Places To Play

Creating Places To Play

I am a product of the philosophy of “creating places to play.” I remember the first Monday after I had attended RLM in Post Falls, Idaho. I received a phone call from Jim Putman, the Senior Pastor. I was sitting on my couch watching Monday night football and my phone rang. He asked if I had any
Creating a Culture of Trust and Transparency

Creating a Culture of Trust and Transparency

CultureShift In today's complex and ever-changing culture, trust and transparency are getting increasingly difficult to establish. I’ve been on staff at Real Life Ministries for 20 years and my current role is Training and Development Team Lead, AKA Culture Keeper. In different seasons of ...
Ministers of Reconciliation

Ministers of Reconciliation

Being in relationship with others, leads to pain and disharmony at times. We long for unity because our Creator put the desire for it in our hearts. All throughout scripture we see disunity followed by conflict when sin entered the world. But Jesus. He entered the world to end the conflict and ...
The He(art) and (Science) of Disciple Making

The He(art) and (Science) of Disciple Making

Raising The Apprentice Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to ...
Are You Interruptible?

Are You Interruptible?

I sat around the table at a staff meeting struggling to find the right words to say as I navigated updating our team about a challenging situation with one of our members. Ministry is hard work, but it is holy work. Ministry is not simple and walking with people who are hurting is not ...
Shifting Our Priorities

Shifting Our Priorities

I recently read an article online by Thom Rainer on “Why Churches are Less Evangelistic Than Years Ago.” You can find the full article here. He conducted a poll in 2015 asking for the top reasons churches do not see evangelism happening in their church or in their community. For those of you ...
Living an Intentional Life

Living an Intentional Life

I grew up playing basketball. I ate, drank, slept, and breathed the game of basketball. It was a passion and almost an obsession for me as I went through middle school and high school with a goal of playing college basketball. That was a big goal for a kid who topped out at 5’10” and 145 ...
Shifts Hurt

Shifts Hurt

Most shifts in our lives create stress, opposition or hiccups along the way. Shifting our ministries into a disciple making culture is no different and won’t happen without some measure of adversity. If a church has been operational for more than a year, it has already developed sacred rhythms ...
Holding Fast & Building Healthy Culture

Holding Fast & Building Healthy Culture

“It’s not what we do but who we are”. This phrase has become a common cry by many of us in the Relational Discipleship Network. Wow! The last 14 months challenged this statement in my life. In the midst of the COVID crisis, political tension or racial issues I found myself spiritually looking
How Do You Build Authentic Relationships?

How Do You Build Authentic Relationships?

What does it mean to be truly authentic, build authentic relationships, and have a genuine relationship with God? Living an authentic life—striving to align one’s actions with one’s core values and beliefs, with the hope of discovering and then acting in sync with one’s “true self”—has recently