Church Health

Five Essentials for an Annual Spiritual Growth Plan

By Gary Rohrmayer

Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”  I find this both humorous and sad. Humorous in a pessimistic way but sad in a spiritually shallow way.  WhatAnnual Growth would God's reaction be towards the goals and plans we have set out for our lives?

In order to develop a solid spiritual growth plan we must recognize the essential...

6 Negative Effects of Over Staffing Your Church

By Gary Rohrmayer

"Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by." (Proverbs 26:10)  Careless hiring can have damaging effects on a community of faith. Overstaffing can have the same effect. Overstaffing often hurts the church, the mission and relationships. 

Here are a few ways overstaffing can negatively impact the church:

1) It affects volunteerism in the church...

Trailhead Church in Edwardsville, IL was at an important crossroads of challenge and opportunity in the Fall of 2013. Lead Pastor Steve Mizel said, "The choices we make in this season will have an historic impact on Trailhead's mission to serve its own members, serve for the good of our community, and maximize our investment in in the broader...

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Three Benefits of Taking a Church Health Survey

By Gary Rohrmayer
Is your church stuck?  Growing a healthy church is more about process than intuition! Our experience has showed us over and over again that leaders can only grow a church so far on intuition and giftedness.  To get to a new level of growth they must embrace process, planning and feedback.

Here are three benefits of your church engaging in the Natural Church Development process.


The Way We Carry the Load

By Dick Loizeaux

I was a strapping 16 year old teenage boy growing up on a dairy farm, feeling strong and self confident. Then one day I struggled to lift a 55 gallon drum of waste onto a flatbed wagon. I tried several times but couldn’t lift it high enough. Meanwhile, old Herbie, a spry 78, stood nearby in his bib overalls, smoking a corncob pipe, watching me fail and grinning.  He shook his head sadly as he walked over and effortlessly lifted the drum onto the wagon. I stood there stunned and humiliated. I mean HUMILIATED.

“Herbie” I asked, “How did you do that?” He removed...

Six Keys for Establishing Rhythm in Your Ministry

By Gary Rohrmayer

Last week I stumbled across several articles on the importance of establishing rhythm and relaxation in the training of horses.  There are some great principles to glean from those who ride and train these powerful animals.  Here are a few:

1.  Rhythm and relaxation work together inseparably.

“Relaxation makes it easier to set rhythm, and rhythm makes it easier to relax.”...

A Note About our Minister's Assistance Program

Pastor's Families Matter to Us!

When our daughter was 16 years old a friend of hers who attended her youth group and whose family attended our church tragically took her own life.  Even though it has been 6 years those memories are still painfully close for our family.   

As you could imagine our daughter struggled deeply with this painful loss and as parents we wrestled in how to comfort and nurture her during this confusing time.  We realized that she needed more help than we could give at that time.  She needed someone to talk with who was not personally...


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