Articles

April 1, 2020

Network Leadership in the Midst of a Crisis

By Gary Rohrmayer, President of Church Multiplication Partners Ed Stetzer recently made a passionate appeal to church leaders saying, “This is not the crisis, we are weeks away from the real crisis.” The crisis is not that we cannot meet for worship or small groups—the crisis is not that our churches are losing revenue or our church mortgages cannot be paid. The crisis is quickly becoming a life and death situation that must be taken with the utmost seriousness, courage and faith that is fused with undeniable hope in the love of God. So how should we respond as Christian leaders?   I think we need to address the why’s before we figure out the how’s in order to have a clear biblical framework to guide us through this unprecedented season. Once we understand the nature of our calling as followers of Jesus and our duties as leaders, then we will be better able to perform the responsibilities God has set out […]
June 10, 2019

The Better Together Formula

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 3. I have been studying and preaching Paul’s prayers for the church. In them we find a great source of vision and encouragement for the church and the greater movement of God. Paul in the midst of his teachings on the strong and weaker brother offered this prayer as a conclusion. “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6 In this text we can see what I call the Better Together formula: Grit + Grace = Unity Let’s consider grit first. Many writers and speakers are lamenting over […]
May 14, 2019

Courage is the Prerequisite for Unity

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 2. In Lagrange, Ohio there was a wedding. Weddings are pivotal moments in the lives of all families, but for a blended family, it is often filled with joy, pain and at times even tension. Todd Cendrosky, the stepfather of the bride, found himself filled with mixed emotions wondering why, after investing 14 years in raising his stepdaughter, he had to sit in the crowd and not walk her down the aisle. Then the processional music began and the crowd was stunned to see Todd Bachman, the biological father of the bride, walking down the aisle alone without the bride. They watched him walk straight towards the bride’s stepfather, grabbing him and saying, ‘Hey, come with me. You’ve had just as big of a […]
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 […]