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The following is from the RLM Leadership Podcast with Richie Shaw from Real Life Ministries Spokane.

If you'd like to hear the entire podcast you can find it here.

Let's talk for a few moments about our routines and habits as a church, both individually and collectively. When it comes to church, we all want to be part of something that is thriving, healthy, and moving forward. Nobody really wants to be a part of something that is not growing or is dying. What many church leaders do though, is focus on the results - they look at the numbers - of baptisms, of church attendance, of small groups- etc. On our leadership team, we have tried to become more aware of what we are focusing on. We have discovered that when we are focused on the results, we often miss the things that produce those results.

[tweetthis]If you focus on the results, you can miss the process, and may never get the results you are actually going for[/tweetthis]

We do need to measure results. We also need to celebrate results. But what we really need to learn to pay attention to, focus on, investigate and challenge is the process. And that includes the daily and weekly habits we have as individuals, leadership teams, and as a church.

I have been reading the book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. He actually investigates a church in the book. Saddleback. Rick Warren leads this church in southern California. They have created a movement, and it was really helpful to see how God used the power of habit and routine to create that movement. It is clear to see that Saddleback is more focused on the process than the results. And because of that, the results have come. Rick Warren is quoted in the book to have heard Jesus say to him - "You focus on building people, and I will build the church". [tweetthis]We need to focus on building people, and Jesus will build the church. #Relational #Discipleship [/tweetthis]

So we read Matthew 16:18 where Jesus promises that he will build his church, and we get really excited about that. But we don't connect the dots and say, Ok - if that is his part, what is ours? Our part is really making disciples. And how do we do that? We give people new habits to shape new behaviors in their life to become who Jesus has made them to be.

These are the values we have in our church. Pursue - Connect - Give - Multiply. We pursue Jesus in people. We connect in authentic relationships. We give our life in our finances. We multiply to the next generation what God has done in us. We give it to them and release them to do what God is calling them to do. We are giving our people new habits to help shape new behaviors, to have the life that Jesus is calling them to.

If we can help people put actionable habits and behaviors into their lives,  we are creating a movement. This is what Jesus was doing constantly as he spoke about what the Kingdom of Heaven was like - 'You've heard it said" - "But I tell you this". Jesus was re-engineering their thinking, their beliefs, their habits and their behavior. [tweetthis]If you can shape behavior you can shape a culture.[/tweetthis]

One of the things Duhigg does in his book is identify that for every habit there is always a cue. That cue triggers a routine - the action you take,  and that routine ends with a reward. So if the cue is: I'm hungry. The routine may be: I eat something really good for me. Then the reward is: I feel better about my overall health, or I have a sense of accomplishment. So there are three parts to every habit: cue, routine, reward.

If you used this with pursuing people at an individual level the Cue might be: I know a lost person. I know somebody doesn't know Jesus. The Routine could be: I reach out to them. I call them. I invite them. I bring them with me on a Sunday. Then the Reward is: They come to church. They get baptized. They're in my group now. Lives are being changed. People see it on a screen, a baptism happens! Reward Reward Reward!

As leaders, we can leverage this to help shape new patterns, new habits, and new connections for our people.

Here is another example - Cue: I need encouragement. Routine: I show up at small group every week and share what is going on in my life. Reward: I am heard - I don't feel so alone anymore.

So when we are thinking about how life is going, how our groups are going, how our teams are going, I want us to think about and focus on the key habits and processes that will help drive the results that we all want. And I think that is a discipline for us as leaders. We need to focus on the process, habits and routines that we're trying to build.  Both in our own lives and in the lives of those we lead.

I believe that the Spirit of God is just as involved in these processes, in these habits, in these daily disciplines, as he is in the massive, miraculous result-type moments. I think it's easy to go, "Man, that was cool. That was miraculous. That was God, and only focus on the result moments for that miracle. And then we miss the miracle of being willing to pick up the phone tomorrow when somebody missed your group.

I want to see us make the effort to focus on the process and the people that God has given us and the development of all those that he has yet to give us. I believe the potential being unlocked in each one of them is going to be absolutely amazing.

 

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The following is from the RLM Leadership Podcast with Richie Shaw from Real Life Ministries Spokane.

If you'd like to hear the entire podcast you can find it here.

Let's talk for a few moments about our routines and habits as a church, both individually and collectively. When it comes to church, we all want to be part of something that is thriving, healthy, and moving forward. Nobody really wants to be a part of something that is not growing or is dying. What many church leaders do though, is focus on the results - they look at the numbers - of baptisms, of church attendance, of small groups- etc. On our leadership team, we have tried to become more aware of what we are focusing on. We have discovered that when we are focused on the results, we often miss the things that produce those results.

[tweetthis]If you focus on the results, you can miss the process, and may never get the results you are actually going for[/tweetthis]

We do need to measure results. We also need to celebrate results. But what we really need to learn to pay attention to, focus on, investigate and challenge is the process. And that includes the daily and weekly habits we have as individuals, leadership teams, and as a church.

I have been reading the book "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. He actually investigates a church in the book. Saddleback. Rick Warren leads this church in southern California. They have created a movement, and it was really helpful to see how God used the power of habit and routine to create that movement. It is clear to see that Saddleback is more focused on the process than the results. And because of that, the results have come. Rick Warren is quoted in the book to have heard Jesus say to him - "You focus on building people, and I will build the church". [tweetthis]We need to focus on building people, and Jesus will build the church. #Relational #Discipleship [/tweetthis]

So we read Matthew 16:18 where Jesus promises that he will build his church, and we get really excited about that. But we don't connect the dots and say, Ok - if that is his part, what is ours? Our part is really making disciples. And how do we do that? We give people new habits to shape new behaviors in their life to become who Jesus has made them to be.

These are the values we have in our church. Pursue - Connect - Give - Multiply. We pursue Jesus in people. We connect in authentic relationships. We give our life in our finances. We multiply to the next generation what God has done in us. We give it to them and release them to do what God is calling them to do. We are giving our people new habits to help shape new behaviors, to have the life that Jesus is calling them to.

If we can help people put actionable habits and behaviors into their lives,  we are creating a movement. This is what Jesus was doing constantly as he spoke about what the Kingdom of Heaven was like - 'You've heard it said" - "But I tell you this". Jesus was re-engineering their thinking, their beliefs, their habits and their behavior. [tweetthis]If you can shape behavior you can shape a culture.[/tweetthis]

One of the things Duhigg does in his book is identify that for every habit there is always a cue. That cue triggers a routine - the action you take,  and that routine ends with a reward. So if the cue is: I'm hungry. The routine may be: I eat something really good for me. Then the reward is: I feel better about my overall health, or I have a sense of accomplishment. So there are three parts to every habit: cue, routine, reward.

If you used this with pursuing people at an individual level the Cue might be: I know a lost person. I know somebody doesn't know Jesus. The Routine could be: I reach out to them. I call them. I invite them. I bring them with me on a Sunday. Then the Reward is: They come to church. They get baptized. They're in my group now. Lives are being changed. People see it on a screen, a baptism happens! Reward Reward Reward!

As leaders, we can leverage this to help shape new patterns, new habits, and new connections for our people.

Here is another example - Cue: I need encouragement. Routine: I show up at small group every week and share what is going on in my life. Reward: I am heard - I don't feel so alone anymore.

So when we are thinking about how life is going, how our groups are going, how our teams are going, I want us to think about and focus on the key habits and processes that will help drive the results that we all want. And I think that is a discipline for us as leaders. We need to focus on the process, habits and routines that we're trying to build.  Both in our own lives and in the lives of those we lead.

I believe that the Spirit of God is just as involved in these processes, in these habits, in these daily disciplines, as he is in the massive, miraculous result-type moments. I think it's easy to go, "Man, that was cool. That was miraculous. That was God, and only focus on the result moments for that miracle. And then we miss the miracle of being willing to pick up the phone tomorrow when somebody missed your group.

I want to see us make the effort to focus on the process and the people that God has given us and the development of all those that he has yet to give us. I believe the potential being unlocked in each one of them is going to be absolutely amazing.

 

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2 Essential Components Of Leadership

2 Essential Components Of Leadership

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If a church wants to grow and reach more people, it will first have to grow in the area of leadership.

The truth is a church will only grow to the threshold or capacity that their leadership is capable of loving and leading.

When I say leaders, I am not just talking about your church staff. This includes church wide leadership, whether they are on a video production team or a children’s team, or they leading a small group. Whatever setting they may be in, they have a responsibility within that setting as a leader to love and lead people toward their potential They should have the capacity for caring and shepherding, loving and leading, challenging and developing, the people that they’re responsible for. And their capacity to do that will determine the effectiveness, capacity and growth of your church.

Jesus often talks about faithfulness. “If you are faithful with a few, then I'll give you more.” We use dollars and cents sometimes to navigate that conversation. But I think it's just as tangible when you substitute people. If you can handle leading three people, Jesus is going to give you with 3 people. As you are faithful with those three people, you can increase your threshold of leadership. And I think this threshold is only increased really as we’re growing as leaders and helping develop leaders around us.

And so, here's the question in my mind. How do you develop your leaders? And I think there's lots of conversations you could have around leadership development: growing as a communicator, growing as a small group leader, how to facilitate a group, how to ask good questions. That's all good content. But what is the heartbeat behind it. How do we deliver the content? How do we get that training to our people?

I believe there are two components that make a balance in leadership that we are constantly trying to keep in check.

Depending on your personality and your giftedness, one of them may take over while one gets diminished, but both components are absolutely essential. The first component is to really just love people well. When I say love I think of things like giving encouragement, casting vision, pointing out potential.

I would shrivel up and die as a leader if I didn't have somebody encouraging me. Just telling me, “Rich, you're doing a good job. Keep it up man. When my wife says that, it means so much to me. And I think people you are responsible for need that from you and a balance of that loving as well as leading.

The second component is leading. And when I say leading I think of growth, process, progress and movement. Leading is a combination of challenging somebody, shaping somebody, and calling somebody to action. Both of these components are absolutely essential.

When I say to be challenging - I’m not talking about telling somebody they are doing bad job. I’m saying let them know “Hey, here is a spot where you can probably grow.” I use that kind of language.

Shaping would sound more like, “Hey, have you taken a look at this part of your leadership before? What area do you think God might want to grow you in here?” When you ask the question, when you cast the vision, that is just essential as encouragement, love, vision in somebody's life.

And like I said earlier, loving and leading are both essential. And we have to balance both in our leadership of our teams and development of our leaders.

For you to really understand where your people are at it is critical that you are doing a good job of loving them. Shepherding them, praying for them, care for their needs. But it is just as essential that you are also leading them, calling them to action, calling them to next steps.

Here is what can happen if we get out of balance in these two components. If I over-love and under-lead, I will breed a team or connect group that loves each other but has no direction, no vision, no next steps. Some leaders lean that way because challenging somebody is so far out of their comfort zone that it just doesn't make sense. They may see this as not loving someone well.

On the other end of the spectrum – some leaders will over-lead and under-love. That kind of leader attracts task oriented people who give their all for awhile, then burn out and walk away. This leader is constantly leading, challenging, calling people to action, without giving them encouragement, vision, and the love behind what they are doing.

Loving and leading people well are two essential components for leaders. And the glue that makes it all work is relationship.

[tweetthis]Loving and leading people well are 2 essential components for leaders.Relationship is the glue that makes it all work[/tweetthis]

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2 Essential Components Of Leadership

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If a church wants to grow and reach more people, it will first have to grow in the area of leadership.

The truth is a church will only grow to the threshold or capacity that their leadership is capable of loving and leading.

When I say leaders, I am not just talking about your church staff. This includes church wide leadership, whether they are on a video production team or a children’s team, or they leading a small group. Whatever setting they may be in, they have a responsibility within that setting as a leader to love and lead people toward their potential They should have the capacity for caring and shepherding, loving and leading, challenging and developing, the people that they’re responsible for. And their capacity to do that will determine the effectiveness, capacity and growth of your church.

Jesus often talks about faithfulness. “If you are faithful with a few, then I'll give you more.” We use dollars and cents sometimes to navigate that conversation. But I think it's just as tangible when you substitute people. If you can handle leading three people, Jesus is going to give you with 3 people. As you are faithful with those three people, you can increase your threshold of leadership. And I think this threshold is only increased really as we’re growing as leaders and helping develop leaders around us.

And so, here's the question in my mind. How do you develop your leaders? And I think there's lots of conversations you could have around leadership development: growing as a communicator, growing as a small group leader, how to facilitate a group, how to ask good questions. That's all good content. But what is the heartbeat behind it. How do we deliver the content? How do we get that training to our people?

I believe there are two components that make a balance in leadership that we are constantly trying to keep in check.

Depending on your personality and your giftedness, one of them may take over while one gets diminished, but both components are absolutely essential. The first component is to really just love people well. When I say love I think of things like giving encouragement, casting vision, pointing out potential.

I would shrivel up and die as a leader if I didn't have somebody encouraging me. Just telling me, “Rich, you're doing a good job. Keep it up man. When my wife says that, it means so much to me. And I think people you are responsible for need that from you and a balance of that loving as well as leading.

The second component is leading. And when I say leading I think of growth, process, progress and movement. Leading is a combination of challenging somebody, shaping somebody, and calling somebody to action. Both of these components are absolutely essential.

When I say to be challenging - I’m not talking about telling somebody they are doing bad job. I’m saying let them know “Hey, here is a spot where you can probably grow.” I use that kind of language.

Shaping would sound more like, “Hey, have you taken a look at this part of your leadership before? What area do you think God might want to grow you in here?” When you ask the question, when you cast the vision, that is just essential as encouragement, love, vision in somebody's life.

And like I said earlier, loving and leading are both essential. And we have to balance both in our leadership of our teams and development of our leaders.

For you to really understand where your people are at it is critical that you are doing a good job of loving them. Shepherding them, praying for them, care for their needs. But it is just as essential that you are also leading them, calling them to action, calling them to next steps.

Here is what can happen if we get out of balance in these two components. If I over-love and under-lead, I will breed a team or connect group that loves each other but has no direction, no vision, no next steps. Some leaders lean that way because challenging somebody is so far out of their comfort zone that it just doesn't make sense. They may see this as not loving someone well.

On the other end of the spectrum – some leaders will over-lead and under-love. That kind of leader attracts task oriented people who give their all for awhile, then burn out and walk away. This leader is constantly leading, challenging, calling people to action, without giving them encouragement, vision, and the love behind what they are doing.

Loving and leading people well are two essential components for leaders. And the glue that makes it all work is relationship.

[tweetthis]Loving and leading people well are 2 essential components for leaders.Relationship is the glue that makes it all work[/tweetthis]

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The Value Of Lowering Your Leadership Threshold $

The Value Of Lowering Your Leadership Threshold

The Value Of Lowering Your Leadership Threshold

The following is an excerpt from a talk given at Exponential West in 2015 by Richie Shaw, Lead Coach at Real Life Spokane in Spokane, WA. Richie and his wife Katy, along with another family, planted the Spokane church on 10/10/10. RLM Spokane has now grown to a size of over 1000 members, and has baptized 650 people in the last 5 years.

I will be talking today about the need for a reproducible process when it comes to being a disciple making church.

Many people in America that are 'churched' or even 'de-churched',  have ideas and expectations about what church should look like. When we got ready to plant a church in Spokane Washington, we decided that we needed to start by learning how to be Jesus' church before we even began to have church services. So we began with one home group. It grew, and soon became two home groups, then three, six, nine, twelve. Before we ever had our first church service we had over 150 people connected in home groups. Let me tell you that was an adventure!

We knew that we had to begin with something that could be

replicated before it would be multiplied.

We began with one men's group, and our conversation every week for about 3 months was: "What does it mean to be Jesus' Church?" We began to look at scripture to see God's heart and try to understand what he desired for the church. How did Jesus set his church up? What did he want from it? What did he want us to be about? What did he want us to care about?

In that process, we started looking at Jesus's disciples and the type of men that he used. We soon recognized that if we were going to make what we were doing reproducible, we were going to have to lower our leadership threshold. One of the things church leaders battle, is the fact that there is an expectation put on us to lead everything and do everything ourselves. Lowering our leadership threshold would help us include everyone in the process of becoming who God made them to be.

If you want to create a system that reproduces disciples, you have to think like Jesus thought. You have to look around and ask yourself, "Who are the men and women around me that I can include at the very ground level to help expand the kingdom?" One of my favorite verses in Acts 4:13 - where it says they saw the courage of Peter and John and were amazed that these were clearly unschooled, ordinary men who had spent time with Jesus.

We could be those people! We are ordinary people in Spokane - very middle American. The city is around half a million people - it is not extraordinary in the least. With that example from scripture in front of us, we began working to help our people believe that they could step out and be one of those guys - one of the disciples. We began to tell them that they could always disciple someone as far as they have come! You may only be taking a step or two, but you can take someone as far as you have come. This is so important, because if you are going to have a process or a system that reproduces beyond the lead pastor, the staff, or the key leadership, you need everyone to have ownership, and to believe they can be a part of things.

Because of this, average ordinary people in our city who have busted, broken lives - started to believe that Jesus could use them, and that they had the potential of God inside them. Because of this, they began to pursue their co-workers for Jesus. Began to get them connected into real authentic relationships in home groups. They began to lead others because they were empowered to be leaders. And disciples of Jesus began to multiply.

If you want to multiply disciple making in your church you have to get more people into the game. Culturally, you may have to lower the leadership threshold and start everything with the multiplication in mind. When you do that, you will start to empower people and help them experience who God has called them to be.

To view the full video of this talk, go to our Vimeo site at RDNVideo

Click link below to find out more about our DiscipleShift 1 Trainings:

DiscipleShift 1 Training

 

Richie Shaw is the Lead Pastor of Real Life Spokane in Spokane, Wa. Prior to moving his family to Spokane and planting RLM Spokane in 2010, Richie served as a Community Pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID. He has a degree from Northwest University. Before planting RLM Spokane, Richie never thought he wanted to be a church planter; now there is nothing else he would rather be part of than planting churches to reach people for Jesus! His passion is to multiply disciples and churches in real relationship. Richie and his wife, Katie, have two daughters, Faith and Ruby.

 

 

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The Value Of Lowering Your Leadership Threshold

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The following is an excerpt from a talk given at Exponential West in 2015 by Richie Shaw, Lead Coach at Real Life Spokane in Spokane, WA. Richie and his wife Katy, along with another family, planted the Spokane church on 10/10/10. RLM Spokane has now grown to a size of over 1000 members, and has baptized 650 people in the last 5 years.

I will be talking today about the need for a reproducible process when it comes to being a disciple making church.

Many people in America that are 'churched' or even 'de-churched',  have ideas and expectations about what church should look like. When we got ready to plant a church in Spokane Washington, we decided that we needed to start by learning how to be Jesus' church before we even began to have church services. So we began with one home group. It grew, and soon became two home groups, then three, six, nine, twelve. Before we ever had our first church service we had over 150 people connected in home groups. Let me tell you that was an adventure!

We knew that we had to begin with something that could be

replicated before it would be multiplied.

We began with one men's group, and our conversation every week for about 3 months was: "What does it mean to be Jesus' Church?" We began to look at scripture to see God's heart and try to understand what he desired for the church. How did Jesus set his church up? What did he want from it? What did he want us to be about? What did he want us to care about?

In that process, we started looking at Jesus's disciples and the type of men that he used. We soon recognized that if we were going to make what we were doing reproducible, we were going to have to lower our leadership threshold. One of the things church leaders battle, is the fact that there is an expectation put on us to lead everything and do everything ourselves. Lowering our leadership threshold would help us include everyone in the process of becoming who God made them to be.

If you want to create a system that reproduces disciples, you have to think like Jesus thought. You have to look around and ask yourself, "Who are the men and women around me that I can include at the very ground level to help expand the kingdom?" One of my favorite verses in Acts 4:13 - where it says they saw the courage of Peter and John and were amazed that these were clearly unschooled, ordinary men who had spent time with Jesus.

We could be those people! We are ordinary people in Spokane - very middle American. The city is around half a million people - it is not extraordinary in the least. With that example from scripture in front of us, we began working to help our people believe that they could step out and be one of those guys - one of the disciples. We began to tell them that they could always disciple someone as far as they have come! You may only be taking a step or two, but you can take someone as far as you have come. This is so important, because if you are going to have a process or a system that reproduces beyond the lead pastor, the staff, or the key leadership, you need everyone to have ownership, and to believe they can be a part of things.

Because of this, average ordinary people in our city who have busted, broken lives - started to believe that Jesus could use them, and that they had the potential of God inside them. Because of this, they began to pursue their co-workers for Jesus. Began to get them connected into real authentic relationships in home groups. They began to lead others because they were empowered to be leaders. And disciples of Jesus began to multiply.

If you want to multiply disciple making in your church you have to get more people into the game. Culturally, you may have to lower the leadership threshold and start everything with the multiplication in mind. When you do that, you will start to empower people and help them experience who God has called them to be.

To view the full video of this talk, go to our Vimeo site at RDNVideo

Click link below to find out more about our DiscipleShift 1 Trainings:

DiscipleShift 1 Training

 

Richie Shaw is the Lead Pastor of Real Life Spokane in Spokane, Wa. Prior to moving his family to Spokane and planting RLM Spokane in 2010, Richie served as a Community Pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID. He has a degree from Northwest University. Before planting RLM Spokane, Richie never thought he wanted to be a church planter; now there is nothing else he would rather be part of than planting churches to reach people for Jesus! His passion is to multiply disciples and churches in real relationship. Richie and his wife, Katie, have two daughters, Faith and Ruby.

 

 

How Do We Know If We Are Making Disciples Of Jesus? $

How Do We Know If We Are Making Disciples Of Jesus?

How Do We Know If We Are Making Disciples Of Jesus?

(The following is an excerpt from a presentation on The Biblical Foundation For Relationship, given by Richie Shaw at the Oct. 2015 DiscipleShift 1 training held in Post Falls, Idaho)

 

How can we know that someone is a disciple of Jesus? Church leaders through the years have utilized different methods to determine if someone is Jesus' disciple. We might look at how long someone has been attending church, we might consider their knowledge of scripture, we might even look at the time and service they give to the church.

But as we look at Paul's writings in the New Testament, he presents the attributes of someone who is led by the Spirit. Those who have love, who have peace, who have patience., kindness, gentleness... Why do they need these attributes? Patient with whom? Kindness towards whom? All of the fruit of the Spirit is actually a fruit of someone being in relationship with others. It is interesting that the people that picked up Jesus' mission in the New Testament were living out, and leading people toward, God's restored design for relationship. Everything they called people to, had to do with relationship.

Sometimes we as Christians wrestle with this.. Sometimes it is based on the movement you come from. If you come from a more charismatic movement, gifts and signs may be important to you in determining if one is a disciple. Some may come out of a movement that put emphasis on being heavily educated. Each of us has little things we hold on to that define for us whether or not we are making disciples.

 

But listen to how God's church in the first century, through the writings of Paul, defined people who were following Jesus.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away." 1 Corinthians 13: 1-10

The conviction that runs through our veins in the Relational Discipleship Network is that Jesus is calling His Church to be the conduit by which the world sees, knows, understands and believes, that REAL relationship with God and REAL relationship with each other is actually possible. Our hope is that this Network will really, truly model that kind of relationship - that we will create a culture of relationship wherever we go.

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:28-31

To watch the full video of this presentation, go to our Vimeo page:

Biblical Foundation - Richie Shaw

Click link below to find out more about our DiscipleShift 1 Trainings:

DiscipleShift 1 Training

Richie Shaw is the Lead Pastor of Real Life Spokane in Spokane, Wa. Prior to moving his family to Spokane and planting RLM Spokane in 2010, Richie served as a Community Pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID. He has a degree from Northwest University. Before planting RLM Spokane, Richie never thought he wanted to be a church planter; now there is nothing else he would rather be part of than planting churches to reach people for Jesus! His passion is to multiply disciples and churches in real relationship. Richie and his wife, Katie, have two daughters, Faith and Ruby.

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(The following is an excerpt from a presentation on The Biblical Foundation For Relationship, given by Richie Shaw at the Oct. 2015 DiscipleShift 1 training held in Post Falls, Idaho)

 

How can we know that someone is a disciple of Jesus? Church leaders through the years have utilized different methods to determine if someone is Jesus' disciple. We might look at how long someone has been attending church, we might consider their knowledge of scripture, we might even look at the time and service they give to the church.

But as we look at Paul's writings in the New Testament, he presents the attributes of someone who is led by the Spirit. Those who have love, who have peace, who have patience., kindness, gentleness... Why do they need these attributes? Patient with whom? Kindness towards whom? All of the fruit of the Spirit is actually a fruit of someone being in relationship with others. It is interesting that the people that picked up Jesus' mission in the New Testament were living out, and leading people toward, God's restored design for relationship. Everything they called people to, had to do with relationship.

Sometimes we as Christians wrestle with this.. Sometimes it is based on the movement you come from. If you come from a more charismatic movement, gifts and signs may be important to you in determining if one is a disciple. Some may come out of a movement that put emphasis on being heavily educated. Each of us has little things we hold on to that define for us whether or not we are making disciples.

 

But listen to how God's church in the first century, through the writings of Paul, defined people who were following Jesus.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away." 1 Corinthians 13: 1-10

The conviction that runs through our veins in the Relational Discipleship Network is that Jesus is calling His Church to be the conduit by which the world sees, knows, understands and believes, that REAL relationship with God and REAL relationship with each other is actually possible. Our hope is that this Network will really, truly model that kind of relationship - that we will create a culture of relationship wherever we go.

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:28-31

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Richie Shaw is the Lead Pastor of Real Life Spokane in Spokane, Wa. Prior to moving his family to Spokane and planting RLM Spokane in 2010, Richie served as a Community Pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID. He has a degree from Northwest University. Before planting RLM Spokane, Richie never thought he wanted to be a church planter; now there is nothing else he would rather be part of than planting churches to reach people for Jesus! His passion is to multiply disciples and churches in real relationship. Richie and his wife, Katie, have two daughters, Faith and Ruby.