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May 14, 2019

The Empty Chair

By Ken Nabi, President & Executive Minister of Converge Great Lakes One of the challenges for a pastor is to keep his congregation mindful of the scores of lost all around them these days. It is so easy for the average churchgoer to get inoculated to the “lostness” of thousands of people who are far from God and living apart from His forgiveness and grace. When the majority of our people gather for corporate worship in a local church there are plenty of empty chairs all around them, and in the American consumerist mindset we like our space, so the empty space next to us is a convenient comfort. But, we need to turn this around and let the empty chair bother us. As a Pastor, I would periodically gather our people together to pray for a variety of issues in the community and our nation. We would often end these corporate prayer efforts by meeting in the sanctuary and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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