Articles

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 […]
February 6, 2019

How to Raise Your Organizational Intelligence Quotient

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project You’ve heard about I.Q.—Wikipedia says I.Q. is a total score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. I.Q. was a big deal when I was a kid. In more recent years, a lot of research has been conducted and books have been written about E.Q.—Wikipedia says that E.Q. is the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goal(s). More recently, a new category of intelligence has emerged. Wikipedia calls it Organizational Intelligence and defines it as following: “Organizational Intelligence (OI) is the capability of an organization to comprehend and conclude knowledge relevant to its business purpose. In other words, it is the intellectual capacity of the entire organization.” The application of the concept of organizational intelligence […]
February 6, 2019

Twenty Years and Counting!

By Gary Rohrmayer, President of Church Multiplication Partners Twenty years ago, I left the pastoral ministry of the local church. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about going back into the pastorate. If I could be both a regional leader and a pastor of a local church, I would do it in a heartbeat. This year, I am celebrating the twenty-year mark of serving with Converge MidAmerica. When I entered this ministry, a well-known church planting leader told me, “Gary, remember that movements are messy! They are filled with all sorts of victories, setbacks and defeats. Don’t let the messiness of church planting and regional ministry distract you from moving forward in God’s mission.” Taking three steps forward and two steps back happens because we are in a battle—a spiritual battle of epic proportions! The Apostle Paul wrote, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark […]
January 11, 2019

An Ancient Scorecard for a New Church

By Dr. Ed Love, Director of Church Multiplication, The Wesleyan Church 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, 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 Scorecards are essential in any game because they inform teams whether or not they are doing the right things and accomplishing their goals. Imagine getting a group together to watch the Superbowl this year, but the NFL decided not to tally the score. The fans would be in an uproar and the players would have no desire to play! Why? Without a score, there is no purpose, no feat to accomplish and no reason to give the game 110%. The simple dynamic of keeping score causes players to give the game all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. In the […]