Church Health

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 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. […]
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 […]