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Leading Intentionally Without Regrets – with Jim Putman and Patrick Annotti $

Leading Intentionally Without Regrets – with Jim Putman and Patrick Annotti

Leading Intentionally Without Regrets – with Jim Putman and Patrick Annotti

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Leading Intentionally Without Regrets

How often have you told yourself (even subconsciously) that you weren’t designed to lead? What is your understanding of leading?

Jim Putman, Senior Pastor and Patrick Annotti, Church Plant Director, both from Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, team teach in this sermon about Intentional Leadership.

They discuss the following points:

Do you know who you are as a believer?
Do you know where you are going and where you want to take others?
Do you know the vehicle you will ride in to get there?
Do you know what road to take?
The truth is that as believers we are all designed and called by God to lead intentionally in some way, shape or form. For some this means leading a church and for others this means leading a few people, in our home or workplace. Regardless of environment, we are all called and mandated by God to be intentional leaders for the kingdom.


Leading is not a task but an honor that has been given to us by God – We may need to shift our perspective of what Leadership is if we are going to be intentionally leading others.

 

Click below to access downloadable Ebook from this session:

NoRegretsEbook

 

If you would like to hear more on the topics of Intentional Leadership and Relational Discipleship, join us at Exponential East April 24-27 2017 in Orlando Florida. Click here to learn more and register for this event!

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Leading Intentionally Without Regrets – with Jim Putman and Patrick Annotti

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Win the game

Leading Intentionally Without Regrets

How often have you told yourself (even subconsciously) that you weren’t designed to lead? What is your understanding of leading?

Jim Putman, Senior Pastor and Patrick Annotti, Church Plant Director, both from Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, team teach in this sermon about Intentional Leadership.

They discuss the following points:

Do you know who you are as a believer?
Do you know where you are going and where you want to take others?
Do you know the vehicle you will ride in to get there?
Do you know what road to take?
The truth is that as believers we are all designed and called by God to lead intentionally in some way, shape or form. For some this means leading a church and for others this means leading a few people, in our home or workplace. Regardless of environment, we are all called and mandated by God to be intentional leaders for the kingdom.


Leading is not a task but an honor that has been given to us by God – We may need to shift our perspective of what Leadership is if we are going to be intentionally leading others.

 

Click below to access downloadable Ebook from this session:

NoRegretsEbook

 

If you would like to hear more on the topics of Intentional Leadership and Relational Discipleship, join us at Exponential East April 24-27 2017 in Orlando Florida. Click here to learn more and register for this event!

What Makes A Gospel Centered Church – with Jim Putman $

What Makes A Gospel Centered Church – with Jim Putman

What Makes A Gospel Centered Church – with Jim Putman

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What Makes A Church A Gospel Centered Church?

In part 7 of The Gospel sermon series, Jim Putman speaks to his congregation

about how the culture of a church is effected by the view a christian holds.

Here are 4 different view's of church that Christians typically hold.

1). 'It's just me and Jesus, and I don't need the church.'

2). It's me and Jesus, and I go to church'

3). It's me and Jesus, and I serve in church'

4). 'It's me and Jesus, and I'm part of the family of God'

Click the video below to hear Jim address each of these views.

Download PDF Of Jim's Sermon Notes Here

 

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What Makes A Church A Gospel Centered Church?

In part 7 of The Gospel sermon series, Jim Putman speaks to his congregation

about how the culture of a church is effected by the view a christian holds.

Here are 4 different view's of church that Christians typically hold.

1). 'It's just me and Jesus, and I don't need the church.'

2). It's me and Jesus, and I go to church'

3). It's me and Jesus, and I serve in church'

4). 'It's me and Jesus, and I'm part of the family of God'

Click the video below to hear Jim address each of these views.

Download PDF Of Jim's Sermon Notes Here

 

How You Can Preach Effective Sermons In Less Time – Why Every Pastor Needs A Sermon Team $

How You Can Preach Effective Sermons In Less Time – Why Every Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

How You Can Preach Effective Sermons In Less Time – Why Every Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

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10 Reasons Every Senior Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

Do you find you are putting several hours of your week into developing your weekly sermon? Do you ever wonder if that is the most effective use of your time? Jim Putman, Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries - the largest church in North Idaho - shares his method for creating effective sermons that hit the target of what his congregation needs the most.

For the past several years, Pastor Putman has used what he calls a 'Sermon Team'. On a weekly basis he meets with a group of people for an hour or so to flesh out the topic he will be preaching on. Here are the top 10 reasons he chooses to do this - and how it could benefit you and your people too.

  • God speaks through his church. As you bring people into the development of your sermon, God will use his people to give you a deeper understanding and perspective. A round of Godly council in every area of your life is a good idea.

  • If you are leading a disciple making church, one of your jobs is to make sure your people are being discipled. Discipleship does not happen best in a 30 minute sermon. Therefore it is not wise to put the bulk of your time every week into something that is not accomplishing the main goal of the church. if you look at Jesus's time on earth, he spent more time debriefing and interacting one on one with his disciples than he did speaking to the crowds. If we follow his example of making disciples, we should do the same.

  • You will get accurate feedback from multiple perspectives on your sermon before you preach it - enabling you to refine it into something that will be received and understood more readily and reach a larger percentage of your people.

  • You will get a greater return for your time. If you spend 1 hour discussing your sermon with 10 people, you have the net result of 11 hours invested.

  • You will be modeling to everyone else in the group that we work best as a team. That their opinions and perspective are valuable.

  • You will be training your leaders in the process of building a sermon, and how to lead people by their example.

  • All of the church planters sent out from our church participated in sermon team, and because of this they were better equiped not only to build a sermon, but also in how to better utilize and value those around them.

  • If you include a variety of people on your sermon team, you will be able to keep your finger on the pulse of your church. As you hear some of the needs of different gender, age, and education levels of your people - you will be able to narrow the target and preach the things your people really need to hear.

  • The benefits of having a team help you build out your sermon vs locking yourself in your office and working through it alone are immense on many levels.

  • By listening to the questions being raised in this group, you will better know what questions you need to answer - which will help you narrow your topic to more accurately reach and grow the people in your congregation.

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10 Reasons Every Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

To see Jim's talk about the importance of a Sermon Team, watch this 6 minute video clip -

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How You Can Preach Effective Sermons In Less Time – Why Every Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

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10 Reasons Every Senior Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

Do you find you are putting several hours of your week into developing your weekly sermon? Do you ever wonder if that is the most effective use of your time? Jim Putman, Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries - the largest church in North Idaho - shares his method for creating effective sermons that hit the target of what his congregation needs the most.

For the past several years, Pastor Putman has used what he calls a 'Sermon Team'. On a weekly basis he meets with a group of people for an hour or so to flesh out the topic he will be preaching on. Here are the top 10 reasons he chooses to do this - and how it could benefit you and your people too.

  • God speaks through his church. As you bring people into the development of your sermon, God will use his people to give you a deeper understanding and perspective. A round of Godly council in every area of your life is a good idea.

  • If you are leading a disciple making church, one of your jobs is to make sure your people are being discipled. Discipleship does not happen best in a 30 minute sermon. Therefore it is not wise to put the bulk of your time every week into something that is not accomplishing the main goal of the church. if you look at Jesus's time on earth, he spent more time debriefing and interacting one on one with his disciples than he did speaking to the crowds. If we follow his example of making disciples, we should do the same.

  • You will get accurate feedback from multiple perspectives on your sermon before you preach it - enabling you to refine it into something that will be received and understood more readily and reach a larger percentage of your people.

  • You will get a greater return for your time. If you spend 1 hour discussing your sermon with 10 people, you have the net result of 11 hours invested.

  • You will be modeling to everyone else in the group that we work best as a team. That their opinions and perspective are valuable.

  • You will be training your leaders in the process of building a sermon, and how to lead people by their example.

  • All of the church planters sent out from our church participated in sermon team, and because of this they were better equiped not only to build a sermon, but also in how to better utilize and value those around them.

  • If you include a variety of people on your sermon team, you will be able to keep your finger on the pulse of your church. As you hear some of the needs of different gender, age, and education levels of your people - you will be able to narrow the target and preach the things your people really need to hear.

  • The benefits of having a team help you build out your sermon vs locking yourself in your office and working through it alone are immense on many levels.

  • By listening to the questions being raised in this group, you will better know what questions you need to answer - which will help you narrow your topic to more accurately reach and grow the people in your congregation.

Click below to download this post in pdf format:

10 Reasons Every Pastor Needs A Sermon Team

To see Jim's talk about the importance of a Sermon Team, watch this 6 minute video clip -

Spiritual Maturity Means Loving Each Other $

Spiritual Maturity Means Loving Each Other

Spiritual Maturity Means Loving Each Other

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Spiritual Maturity means loving each other

 

We can learn about God but still miss who He is—He is love. Spiritual maturity means becoming great lovers of others. True spiritual maturity is allowing the Holy Spirit to make you a relational person. Jesus made the point that all of the law and the prophets are summed up in love for God and love for others. (Matt. 22:40) As believers we know that when we’re born again, the Holy Spirit moves inside of us and begins to do His work. The fruit he produces in us is relational- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

 

So what do we need?

 

  • God’s Spirit:

We need the Holy Spirit in us to ensure God’s love through us in relationship. Otherwise it’s just a nice idea. Love is ruined if the devil, the destroyer of relationship, is allowed to work. Our sinful nature left to itself is selfish, proud, and will kill relationship. The culture of this world is designed to entice our sinful nature to act out, and this hurts any chance to be what we were designed to be.

 

  • God’s Word:

We must have God’s Word to help us restore the right definition of love. Why? Because the devil has no problem with allowing people to think they need love, but he changes the definition of the word slightly so that the word loses its power. God’s word gives us the true definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

 

  • God’s People:

    God also gave us mature believers who are called on to make disciples. God’s Spirit, + Gods Word, + God’s people, = God’s way of helping us move   from death to maturity. It’s not enough that we now have the right definition of the word “love”. We need more mature people to show infants what it actually looks like, through modeling what love looks like in action.


Relationship is not a means to an end alone, but it is the end also. To love God and love others in relationship is maturity. You don’t give up relationship once you have transferred right information and behavior. All right information and behavior leads to relationship. Jesus said it this way—“People will know that you are my disciples because you love one another.” John 13:35

As believers, we must understand that maturity in Christ is to understand who our God is in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the perfect picture of love for God and others. It’s my hope that the church focuses on maturity as God defines it –if we do, the world will notice a difference in us and will be drawn to the One who gives us real life.

 

The Power Of Together

To read more on the topic of spiritual maturity,

Order Jim Putman’s new book

The Power of Together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Putman is the Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Jim served as a youth minister in two small churches prior to planting Real Life Ministries in 1998. He is the author of three books; Church is a Team Sport (2008), Real-Life Discipleship (2010), The Power of Together (2016) and co-authored; DiscipleShift (2013). Jim’s passion is discipleship centered on following the teachings of Jesus and the methodologies of Jesus.

 

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Spiritual Maturity Means Loving Each Other

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Friends Friendship Outdoor Dining People Concept

Spiritual Maturity means loving each other

 

We can learn about God but still miss who He is—He is love. Spiritual maturity means becoming great lovers of others. True spiritual maturity is allowing the Holy Spirit to make you a relational person. Jesus made the point that all of the law and the prophets are summed up in love for God and love for others. (Matt. 22:40) As believers we know that when we’re born again, the Holy Spirit moves inside of us and begins to do His work. The fruit he produces in us is relational- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

 

So what do we need?

 

  • God’s Spirit:

We need the Holy Spirit in us to ensure God’s love through us in relationship. Otherwise it’s just a nice idea. Love is ruined if the devil, the destroyer of relationship, is allowed to work. Our sinful nature left to itself is selfish, proud, and will kill relationship. The culture of this world is designed to entice our sinful nature to act out, and this hurts any chance to be what we were designed to be.

 

  • God’s Word:

We must have God’s Word to help us restore the right definition of love. Why? Because the devil has no problem with allowing people to think they need love, but he changes the definition of the word slightly so that the word loses its power. God’s word gives us the true definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

 

  • God’s People:

    God also gave us mature believers who are called on to make disciples. God’s Spirit, + Gods Word, + God’s people, = God’s way of helping us move   from death to maturity. It’s not enough that we now have the right definition of the word “love”. We need more mature people to show infants what it actually looks like, through modeling what love looks like in action.


Relationship is not a means to an end alone, but it is the end also. To love God and love others in relationship is maturity. You don’t give up relationship once you have transferred right information and behavior. All right information and behavior leads to relationship. Jesus said it this way—“People will know that you are my disciples because you love one another.” John 13:35

As believers, we must understand that maturity in Christ is to understand who our God is in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the perfect picture of love for God and others. It’s my hope that the church focuses on maturity as God defines it –if we do, the world will notice a difference in us and will be drawn to the One who gives us real life.

 

The Power Of Together

To read more on the topic of spiritual maturity,

Order Jim Putman’s new book

The Power of Together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Putman is the Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Jim served as a youth minister in two small churches prior to planting Real Life Ministries in 1998. He is the author of three books; Church is a Team Sport (2008), Real-Life Discipleship (2010), The Power of Together (2016) and co-authored; DiscipleShift (2013). Jim’s passion is discipleship centered on following the teachings of Jesus and the methodologies of Jesus.

 

5 Key Components of a Disciple Making Church $

5 Key Components of a Disciple Making Church

5 Key Components of a Disciple Making Church

Is the church of today winning? In order to determine if the Church is winning, we must define what a winning church looks like. It is not enough to say that Jesus' church wins, we need to determine what makes a church His church.

After all - Jesus didn't say "my church wins" or "your church wins". He said that His Church wins. Jesus gave us a mission to make disciples.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:19-20

And during his time on earth, Jesus also gave us a model of disciple making to follow. When we look at Jesus' model, we see 5 key components that he used to make disciples. At Real Life Ministries, we have used those components as we disciple and train others to disciple.

As we talk about these components, it needs to be understood that all of them are coming from a Biblical Foundation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 Key Components of a Disciple Making Church

 

Biblical Foundation for Relationship:

We believe we are designed to be in relationship with God first and foremost, and secondly we are designed to be in relationship with others. The purpose of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus, who can make disciples of Jesus. We do this with the understanding that relationship is the key vehicle.

Intentional Leader:

This leader understands that part of their role is to reach the lost, make disciples of Jesus and create Christ centered environments where disciple making can happen. They understand where a person is spiritually and what is needed to help them grow.

Relational Environment:

This is a group of 3-18 people, facilitated by a leader who is intentionally modeling spiritual fruit. (love, joy, etc) The people involved are doing life together with a kingdom mindset. The relationships go beyond the small group time, they move from strangers to friendship. These relationships press into areas of privacy, transparency and vulnerability.

Reproducible Disciple Making Process:

This is the process for developing people towards Christ likeness. This includes three parts. "My Part" (the disciple) "Their Part" (the disciplee'), and "God's Part". This leader understands the 5 stages of spiritual growth. They can identify where a person is spiritually, and help them mature and grow at each stage of the spiritual growth process.

Church Alignment:

There are 4 key areas of alignment to equip the church in it's purpose of making disciples of Jesus.

  1. Relational Alignment
  2. Philosophical Alignment
  3. Theological Alignment
  4. Organizational Alignment

The Church today needs to make a shift, and foster a culture of personalized discipleship. That means a change from program-based, informational environments, to hands-on training in relational environments.

It means a shift from program to purpose.This shift must take place before a church can fully develop into a disciple making church.

If you are interested in hearing more on this, consider bringing your church team and leaders to a DiscipleShift1.

Find out more here.

 

Jim is the co-planter and Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Prior to his role as senior pastor, he served as a youth minister in two small churches. In college, Jim won three All American titles in wrestling and went on to become a successful wrestling coach. Jim holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. His voice reaches hundreds of thousands across the nation through speaking conferences, the web, radio, and weekend services. He is the author of two books; Church is a Team Sport and Real Life Discipleship. Jim’s passion is discipleship through small groups. With his background in sports and coaching, he believes in the value of strong coaching as a means to disciple others. He lives with his wife and three sons in scenic northern Idaho.

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5 Key Components of a Disciple Making Church

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Is the church of today winning? In order to determine if the Church is winning, we must define what a winning church looks like. It is not enough to say that Jesus' church wins, we need to determine what makes a church His church.

After all - Jesus didn't say "my church wins" or "your church wins". He said that His Church wins. Jesus gave us a mission to make disciples.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:19-20

And during his time on earth, Jesus also gave us a model of disciple making to follow. When we look at Jesus' model, we see 5 key components that he used to make disciples. At Real Life Ministries, we have used those components as we disciple and train others to disciple.

As we talk about these components, it needs to be understood that all of them are coming from a Biblical Foundation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5 Key Components of a Disciple Making Church

 

Biblical Foundation for Relationship:

We believe we are designed to be in relationship with God first and foremost, and secondly we are designed to be in relationship with others. The purpose of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus, who can make disciples of Jesus. We do this with the understanding that relationship is the key vehicle.

Intentional Leader:

This leader understands that part of their role is to reach the lost, make disciples of Jesus and create Christ centered environments where disciple making can happen. They understand where a person is spiritually and what is needed to help them grow.

Relational Environment:

This is a group of 3-18 people, facilitated by a leader who is intentionally modeling spiritual fruit. (love, joy, etc) The people involved are doing life together with a kingdom mindset. The relationships go beyond the small group time, they move from strangers to friendship. These relationships press into areas of privacy, transparency and vulnerability.

Reproducible Disciple Making Process:

This is the process for developing people towards Christ likeness. This includes three parts. "My Part" (the disciple) "Their Part" (the disciplee'), and "God's Part". This leader understands the 5 stages of spiritual growth. They can identify where a person is spiritually, and help them mature and grow at each stage of the spiritual growth process.

Church Alignment:

There are 4 key areas of alignment to equip the church in it's purpose of making disciples of Jesus.

  1. Relational Alignment
  2. Philosophical Alignment
  3. Theological Alignment
  4. Organizational Alignment

The Church today needs to make a shift, and foster a culture of personalized discipleship. That means a change from program-based, informational environments, to hands-on training in relational environments.

It means a shift from program to purpose.This shift must take place before a church can fully develop into a disciple making church.

If you are interested in hearing more on this, consider bringing your church team and leaders to a DiscipleShift1.

Find out more here.

 

Jim is the co-planter and Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Prior to his role as senior pastor, he served as a youth minister in two small churches. In college, Jim won three All American titles in wrestling and went on to become a successful wrestling coach. Jim holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. His voice reaches hundreds of thousands across the nation through speaking conferences, the web, radio, and weekend services. He is the author of two books; Church is a Team Sport and Real Life Discipleship. Jim’s passion is discipleship through small groups. With his background in sports and coaching, he believes in the value of strong coaching as a means to disciple others. He lives with his wife and three sons in scenic northern Idaho.