Discipleship: The Critical Need in Leadership Development Today

Today BrianSteenhoek and I facilitated a webinar called, “Discipleship:  The Critical Need in Leadership Development Today.”  It seemed to scratch an itch from the responses of those who attended.  We thought we would offer you a condensed version of some of our notes here.   Continue reading

To Stay or To Leave?

This morning VantagePoint3 hosted a webinar called, “Crucibles:  Times of Disorientation in a Leader’s Life.”  Brian, Rob and I tried to unpack why such times can become heightened times of learning in our formation.  If we have eyes to see and a heart to walk alongside another, such times snap us to attention.  It is then that we have our work cut out for us, or perhaps to say it a better way, we may be best cut out for such work.

One of the questions that emerged for someone during the webinar is one we have all found ourselves in from time to time.  “How do I know if it is time to stay or time to leave?” Continue reading

Upcoming Webinar – Crucibles: Times of Disorientation in a Leader’s Life

Randy, Brian and I will be hosting a VP3 webinar on Thursday, December 1st, entitled “Crucibles: Times of Disorientation in a Leader’s Life  We would love for you to join us.

Description: What am I to do as a leader when life simply does not make sense? These seasons will come, and they often prove to be very trying, isolating, and confusing. But they can also be heightened times of learning in our lives and for our leadership. How are we to respond faithfully?  There are ways we can learn to navigate such times. Join us to learn how.

  • Crucibles: Times of Disorientation in a Leader’s Life
  • December 1, 2011
  • 10:00 AM CST                                                                                          

Presenters: 

  • Dr. Randy Reese is founder and President of VantagePoint3.  He is also co-author of Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction (IVP, 1999).
  • Brian Steenhoek serves in the area of Advancement for VP3 and will be hosting the webinar.
  • Rob Loane serves VP3 in the area of Education & Design.

Share this blog entry with other church leaders who you think might benefit from reflecting upon God’s critical shaping work in these disorienting seasons of our lives. Blessings on the journey… RESERVE YOUR WEBINAR SEAT NOW!

Changing a Culture

There seems to be a good bit of talk these days about “changing the culture.”  What I bump into is the application of this concern toward a local church community.  It is a good concern from what I hear, and what I notice in my own collection of concerns.  In a recent conversation with a friend the same thing surfaced, “How can we change the discipleship culture in a local church?”  Do you ever catch a question from time to time when you realize you don’t even know how to begin to respond?  Not that you don’t know how to offer good wisdom or even a prescription or two.  But you know that in order to “answer” the question with a sense of justice it will be a complicated deal. Continue reading

Another VP3 Webinar: “Igniting Adult Believers: A Spiritual Mentoring Culture”

Jesus’ personal way with others always offers an alternative to our culture’s dominant ways of relating. He lived out his mission by forming and developing a learning community of disciples. He had many other options available to him, but he chose to live out his purposes by being with his followers, life upon life. What does that look like today? Developing others in Jesus’ name, amidst our relentlessly impersonal culture, requires that we intentionally prioritize nurturing a culture of meaningful relationships over the many other tasks of our church community…. Continue reading

Announcing a VP3 Webinar: “Igniting Adult Believers: A Life Story Approach”

From time to time, we will be hosting webinars to provide church leaders a place to prayerfully reflect upon how they are investing in the growth and maturity of their adult believers. There are so many challenges today within our local church culture that frustrate our efforts to help people “grow up… into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). In the midst of all the demands of church ministry we want to assist in keeping the ongoing development and discipleship of adult believers on the front burner. We hope these web-based seminars will sharpen our attention to some of the key elements of intentionally walking alongside others in Jesus’ name. Join us this February 10th…


February 10, 2011 “Igniting Adult Believers: A Life Story Approach” 

 10:00 am CST

Description: We live in a culture that tells us either “our story doesn’t really matter” or “our story is all that matters.” This can be profoundly confusing to our spiritual development today.  A crucial way in which we can intentionally support and challenge adult believers to grow up into Christ is by prayerfully paying attention with them to their life stories. For only in the economy of God’s larger story do we discover that our stories matter immensely.

Presenters: 

Dr. Randy Reese is founder and President of VantagePoint3.  He is also co-author of Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction (IVP, 1999). 

Rob Loane is the Education and Design specialist at VantagePoint3.

Pass on the word to other church leaders who you think might benefit from considering how to invest in the growth and maturity of adult believers in their congregation. Blessings on the journey… 

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