Church Health

Confronting Our Excuses For Not Taking Time Off

By Dick Loizeaux

Hi. My name is Dick. I am a recovering ministry workaholic.  My support group is pretty big. It includes most of the pastors I bump into. Maybe you are one of them. 

The sad fact is that we pastors read dozens of books and articles about the importance of building rhythms of rest and renewal into our lives. We agree with the advice. We believe it is God’s will for us. And then...

It's Church Health Month

From Gary Rohrmayer - President Converge MidAmerica

May is Church Health Month!

We are serious about church health.

Why? Because scripture mandates it.

The Apostle Paul in his letter (actually a field manual) to Titus, who was serving as a regional leader on the island of Crete, charged Titus with the task of strengthening the churches there. He writes, "The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished..." Titus 1:5. Some commentators say that Titus was working with 100 churches or more on the island of Crete.

The...

Dealing with Annonymous Letters

By Dick Loizeaux

All pastors get them. Unsigned notes that arrive unannounced and unwelcomed, "kindly" telling us everything we did wrong last Sunday, or at the last business meeting, or since the day we were spawned with a sin nature. They come from our dearest friend, Mister or Misses Anonymous. So what do you do with them after grinding your teeth and uttering and a few imprecatory Psalms? Thom Rainer blogs some good advice.

Note to readers: A dear friend of mine sent me a copy of this email he sent to his pastor this week. Anonymous letters and emails and...

John Stott on One Quiet Day a Month

By Dick Loizeaux

John. R. W. Stott, who died in 2011, was Rector of All Souls Church in London for 25 years, wrote 50 books, was a leader of the evangelical movement, and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. How did he maintain spiritual and emotional balance through 5 decades of a demanding church and international ministry? He explains his...

A review, endorsement, and testimony of ReChurch

ReChurch  by Stephen Mansfield  (Tyndale, 2010)
A review, endorsement, and testimony
Curt Hansen
Lead Pastor, Elk Grove Baptist Church 

I’ve read a lot of books over the years—many good books that were both interesting and helpful.  I can still count them on one hand the ones that impacted me in a significant, life-shaping way. I just added one to the list in the last six months, ReChurch by Stephen Mansfield. 

I’m still debating if the book is as great as I think...

New Hope for Smaller, Older Church

By: Dick Loizeaux

If you are the pastor of a smaller, older, church, you may sometimes feel like a little canoe rocked by the wake of the mega-church powerboats that pass you by. After all, most of the conferences and new books seem to be about planting new churches or merging smaller churches into bigger and better churches. Pastors of smaller churches can feel trapped in the backwaters of ministry. Do you ever feel that way?

Let me be clear: church planting and church merging are great if that is what God has called you to do. I know. I planted a church...

Converge Worldwide's Response to Growing Racial Tension in Our Nation

By Scott Rideout, President, Converge Worldwide

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks have captured worldwide attention. Opinions of what happened in Ferguson, and the grand jury’s decision, are as diverse as out movement. According to a recent CNN poll, Americans are divided, interpreting the events very differently depending largely on their ethnicity. The resulting protests and general unrest has been...

Director of Church Health Hired

By Gary Rohrmayer

At Converge MidAmerica we are serious about church health! The ongoing health of our churches both old and new alike is one of our chief concerns. Healthy churches + Healthy Leaders = Lives being transformed. I am proud to announce that through the generosity and faithful support from the churches of Converge MidAmerica we were able to secure Dick Loizeaux as our Director of Church Health.

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