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In this EP the guys talk with a boots on the ground pastor, Tim Williams of Gladewater TX. Pastor Tim is new to the field, remodeling the Parsonage, celebrating their new 10month old and doing the hard work of revitalizing a local church.

Tim asks the guys this question: How can I effectively and empathetically lead a 150 year old church, with long time members, toward change in a healthy and respectful way, that will help us reach younger families and not alienate the older members?

The guys engage in some good convo and break down the emotional cycle of change that faces church members and the Pastor as they embark on a change journey.

Emotional Cycle of Change:

  • Uninformed Optimism is an exciting stage, but it doesn’t last long. (Israelites following Moses out of Egypt)
  • Informed Pessimism ”is characterized by a shift to a negative emotional state. At this point, the benefits don’t seem as real, important, or immediate, and the costs of the change are apparent. You start to question if the change is really worth the effort and begin to look for reasons to abandon the effort.” (Israelites at the first sign of trouble)
  • The Valley of Despair “This is when most people give up. All of the pain of change is felt and the benefits seem far away or less important—and there is a fast, easy way to end the discomfort: going back to the way you used to do things. After all, you rationalize that it wasn’t so bad before.” (Take us back to Egypt)
  • Informed Optimism – Finally back in optimism. Don’t stop! (Crossing the Jordan – first Passover in promised land)
  •  Success and Fulfillment – You are finally experiencing the benefits on the other side of change. (Defeating Jericho)

Are you navigating change in your Replant? Have some insights? Drop us a line or leave a voicemail on the bootcamp hotline.

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The Bootcamp Bros are back talking about another characteristic of a godly leader, empathy. Perhaps this is one of the most misunderstood characteristics so some good definition work is in order.  Check out this EP and the notes below to dig a little deeper into this very important quality and spend some time examining God’s word, your life and work.

According to Oxford dictionary Empathy is defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”

“According to Carl Rogers, empathy is ‘to perceive the internal frame of reference of another person with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings that pertain thereto as if one were the person, but without losing the as-if condition.’  In other words, to show empathy toward another individual or group means to imagine what it would be like to be that person or group. One should do so in moderation, without losing the sense of one’s own self in another.”

Scot Mcknight makes the following distinction between Compassion and Empathy:“Compassion is the broader word: it refers to both an understanding of another’s pain and the desire to somehow mitigate that pain. Empathy refers to the ability to relate to another person’s pain vicariously, as if one has experienced that pain themselves.”

Examples of empathy in Scripture:

Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn

Splanchnizomai is often used to describe Jesus being moved with emotion and pity for someone in pain in which Jesus responds with understanding and action.

Here are some references in Mark and Luke, and I italicize the translations of splanchnizomai:

  • Mark 1:41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!”
  • Mark 6:34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
  • Mark 8:2I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.
  • Mark 9:22 It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.
  • Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
  • Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.
  • Luke 15:20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.

Five Key Characteristics of Leaders with Empathy

  • Fully Present
  • Active Listening
  • Suspends Judgment
  • Compassionate Understanding
  • Proactive Caring

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Good news! The full Bootcamp crew us back in action. Jimbo got over his “Rona” while moving to a new residence-he’s the man for sure.  Aside from celebrating health and great football games the bootcamp bros jump right back into their series on the characteristics of a godly leader. This week they discuss the characteristic of goodwill.

Goodwill – a “friendly disposition; benevolence; kindness” or “cheerful acquiescence or consent.”

Here’s another definition of goodwill from a business source; “an intangible, salable asset arising from the reputation of a business and its relations with its customers, distinct from the value of its stock and other tangible assets.”

What does goodwill look like in the life of a leader? Consider these five points.

  • Have a generous spirit
  • Practice self-management
  • Maintain emotional regulation
  • Provide specific encouragement to others
  • You are quick to forgive

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Welcome back Bootcampers! In this EP we welcome Replanter Evan Skelton back to the bootcamp to talk about praying together as a congregation.  How can prayer go from something you do (and maybe do awkwardly) to becoming a vital part of the life of your church?  Listen in as Bob and Evan discuss the following:

  • Start intentionally developing a culture of prayer
  • Preach an annual sermon series on prayer
  • Recommend and provide resources to your congregation
  • Incorporate prayer into the worship gathering
  • Celebrate the victories gained in prayer (not just answers to prayer)

Thanks Evan! We’d love to hear from you and how you’re developing a culture of prayer in your congregation.

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This EP comes at you from the ATL as the Bootcamp bros were with their colleagues from the North American Mission Board.  Joining us for this EP are Andy Addis, Pastor @ Crosspoint Church, Hutchinson KS, Kyle Bueermann, Replant Team member, NAB Podcaster, guitar player and coordinator of the Replant HUB-a resource for specifically for the Rural Church.

The HUB is an online place which distributes digital content to churches in need of sermons and worship.

We’re really really pumped to hear about this great resource coming in March for churches in need.

Why the HUB? There a significant number of churches in the rural areas who are stuck, have a difficult time finding a pastor, need worship resources and struggle to get them. The content of the HUB is totally free and provided by Content Producing Churches who willingly give what they have away.

Who is the HUB for?

  • Rural churches needing worship and sermon content
  • Pastors in need of a break or looking to add content to their teaching times (Sunday/Wednesday Night)
  • The Church who is without a pastor
  • Churches who find themselves isolated or at a great distance from resources
  • AMS/DOM leaders who serve churches in need

What about worship? Yes! The HUB offers worship content from a variety of artist, one of which is Nathan Drake from Reawaken Hymns.

Sign up to be among the first to experience all the HUB has to offer.

Stay tuned to hear more about the HUB and all the great resources coming from the Replant Team of the North American Mission Board.

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They bootcamp boys are back talking about the importance of being a godly leader. You’ve probably heard the refrain-everything rises and falls on Leadership-we agree but it’s not always the kind of leadership one might think. We take time to talk about the characteristics of a godly leader which we believe are primary in helping a church, which needs to be Replanted or Revitalized, move forward.

5 Characteristics of Godly Leadership

  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Goodwill

Remember – the change a church needs is first spiritual before it is strategic or structural.

What are the specific characteristics of a humble godly leader?

  • Self-awareness
  • Healthy biblical identity
  • Holy contentment
  • God-grounded confidence
  • Promotion and edification of others

Book recommendations:

Facing the Leviathan  by Mark Sayers

The Posture of a Godly Leader by Mark Hallock

Stay tuned as we continue to explore the characteristics of a godly leader in future episodes.

Don’t miss this great event. Am I a Replanter? February 18-19, 2022 in New Orleans at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Registration closes this week.

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Well after going around the horn with some Football commentary the guys get down to talking about how to start and maintain strength as you lead and serve as a Replanter in a local church. Be encouraged, laugh a little and be equipped to make 2022 a great one.

You can go back and listen to some of the “most listened” to EPs from last year.

Are you slugging it out in a difficult context? Are you discouraged and ready to throw in the towel? Drop us a line, give us a call, we want to encourage you.

Considering Replanting? Leading a Replant yourself?  Join us in New Orleans for the Am I a Replanter event Feb 18-19, 2022 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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As 2021 comes to a close the guys get down to talking about developing a “Rule of Life” as they look to improve their personal lives spiritually, relationally, recreationally and professionally. As you are considering how the coming year will be different for you, we encourage you to grab a notebook or notepad and get down to the serious business of considering how 2022 will be different for you by developing your own rule of life.

A rule of life is a schedule and set of practices and relational rhythms that help us create space in our busy world for us to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do what Jesus did—to live “to the full” ( John 10v10) in his kingdom, and in alignment with our deepest passions and priorities.  –from Practicing the Way, John Mark Comer

Here are some of the highlights:

  • A rule is a set of ordered practices – not a bunch of restrictions
  • If you are not enjoying life, not accomplishing what you believe would honor God and bless others-you are a good candidate for developing a rule of life
  • The elements of a rule of life can be simple-we recommend you consider City Church’s approach.
    • S – Sabbath
    • A – Abiding in Christ
    • L – Loving Community
    • T – Training

Here a few links and resources mentioned in this episode


Rule of Life: Blake Bennet, City Church, San Marco FL

Bridgetown Church – A Rule of life during COVID 19

Rule of Life Notebook

Crafting a Rule of Life

Your Future Self Will Thank You by Drew Dyck

Home Alone 2 – The Marv Clip

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Well, Merry Christmas from the Boot Camp Boys! Cue this short, fun episode up on the way to grandma’s house, the Christmas Cantata or when you are in the basement hiding from the extended family!

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Merry Christmas, even though I’m ashamed of you…..


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Well the boys open up with some fun Christmas banter and then get down to the serious business of talking about Time and Task Management.  Wait….don’t bail out, stick with us and we’ll make it fun for you and, we’ll give you some helpful advice for getting your stuff together for the coming year.

Some helpful things to note:

  • Everyone is different-there is not one cookie cutter approach that works for everyone
  • Let your yes be yes and your no be no – don’t overcommit, over promise and under deliver
  • Working on your time management is worth the time it takes
  • Know the warning signs that you are not managing time well: dropped commitments, missed responsibilities, forgotten appointments, frustrated coworkers/supervisors, lack of overall success and productivity.

Some Principles from Raynor’s book

  1. The word before work-start your day in God’s word!
  2. Let your yes be yes – be a person of integrity.
  3. Dissent from the Kingdom of noise – turn off the news/distractions and other noise.
  4. Prioritize your yes – what really matters?
  5. Eliminate all hurry

What are your time management strategies?  We’d love to hear from you.

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Here are some helpful resources:

Redeeming Your Time by Jordan Raynor

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Nirvana GTD Software



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