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, 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 […]
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 […]