Church Multiplication Partners

April 22, 2019

Increasing Evangelism in Church Planting

By Ed Stetzer, Co-Executive Director of the Send Institute, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College There’s no question that church planting has become the hot new thing. And I’m glad. When I started my first church in 1988, it was an oddity. Now, it is mainstream. Today, it’s normal that church planters are everywhere. Books, conferences, and initiatives that champion church planting are manifold. This is a good thing. But it seems to me we’ve got better conferences and bigger excitement and, according to the research, only incremental progress when it comes to the evangelistic fruits of actual church planting. Statistically, we have more church planting, but slightly less evangelistic impact. And, most importantly, too many church plants don’t have the needed evangelistic focus that should undergird what they do. EVANGELISTIC CHURCH PLANTING It is not just in church planting, but in general, that evangelism has fallen on hard times. And two things I am passionate about […]
April 18, 2019

Denominations and Blended Families

By Gary Rohrmayer, President of Church Multiplication Partners Disclaimer: Below is an example of a Vision Casting message I shared at the biennial gathering of Converge MidAmerica, a church starting and strengthening organization. This is part 1. It’s been said that denominations and churches are like families, but in reality, they are more like blended families. Today blended families now make up more than half of the families in America. It is very rare today for an extended family not to have some blended family members. According to Cyperparent.com, these are the characteristics of blended families. A Blended Family Is Appealing: A blended family is often large. They offer diverse perspectives. They tend to be fun and exciting. They are a place where acceptance and love is extended freely. A Blended Family Is Not Perfect: A blended family can be frustrating.  They can be challenging on all fronts and at times there is often conflicted feelings just below the service. […]
March 21, 2019

Practical Advice for Doing a 21-Day Prayer Campaign Before Easter

1. Devote one month to this Prayer Initiative before Easter Sunday  2. Preach a four-week sermon series on prayer: Sermon #1 – Introduction to series and 21-day devotional book. The next three sermons can be ideas from the book to reinforce it in the lives of your people. 3. Read Gary’s Blog – 11 Keys to An Explosive Easter and see how you can maximize your efforts.  4. Invite them to courageously pray for friends and family who are far from Jesus. Have them generate a list of five friends or family members to pray for during the 21 days. 5. Invite them to courageously pray for a list of church-wide prayer goals. Leadership – develop five to six prayer goals for the church for your members to pray for during the 21 days. 6. Hold a series of corporate prayer meetings or a concert of prayer.  7. Purchase one of the 21 Days Prayer books at a discount from Your […]
March 13, 2019

How to Lead Well as a Church Planting Leader

By Ed Stetzer, Co-Executive Director of the Send Institute, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College Many frequently joke about the turnover rate in church planting leadership. It seems that whenever I’m at a conference or church event, someone new will come up and say, “Hey, Ed. I’m the new leader of church planting at [insert denomination name].” To be fair, this issue happens across denominations—it’s not just certain ones in certain parts of the country. It happens at the district, network, and denominational levels. Church planting requires a certain set of skills—organization, initiative, patience, and passion, just to name a few. These skills are especially required for a church planting leader. To last long term in this capacity without burnout requires some forethought and consideration. Here are some thoughts on how to lead well in this position First, dedicate yourself to being an advocate. As a leader of church planting, it’s important to remember that you are […]