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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 […]
January 15, 2020

10 Recommended Church Planting Podcasts

Denominations, networks, and reproducing churches are utilizing podcasts to help church planters stay encouraged and equipped in their planting journey. Podcasts are an easy and regular way for church planters to learn from other seasoned practitioners, especially when much of their time is spent investing in others throughout the week. The following list includes ten recommended church planting podcasts that can help church planters and planting leaders stay sharp and inspired: NewChurches Q&A Podcast on Church Planting, Multisite, and LeadershipHosts: Daniel Im, Ed Stetzer, Todd Adkins Comprehensive topics, helpful show notes, and listener-driven the content Church Planter PodcastHosts: Pete Mitchell, Peyton Jones Covers current events, deals with spiritual warfare, and serves a wide audience. Plant Strong Podcast: Empowering Women in Church PlantingHost: Sarah Burnett Geared towards women in church planting, focused on gifts discovery, and diverse guests Unfiltered: Real Church Planting ConversationsHosts: Lee Stephenson, Danny Parmalee Addresses practical and everyday issues, seasoned advice, and speaks to the reality of planting The […]
June 10, 2019

Five surprises of denominational church planting leaders

By Steve Pike, Founder of Urban Islands Project You’ve been a pastor for years, but now your denomination is asking you to leave your pastoral post and step into a full-time role of overseeing church planting for a region, the nation, or perhaps even the world. Here are some surprises you may experience as you make that transition: You won’t be referred to as “Pastor” anymore. As a leader in a local church, you’ve likely been called “Pastor” (or whatever the appropriate tribal ecclesiastical title is) for years. In your new role, you suddenly find yourself being referred to as “Mr.” or “Mrs.,” “Madam” or “Sir.,” etc. When you speak at a church, most of the time you will be speaking to a room full of strangers. Friends who were formerly your peers now tend to view you in a different vocational category and the longer you are not serving in a local church leadership role, the less “street cred” […]
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

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 […]
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