Church Health

3 Reasons for Not Giving Up on Easter Outreach

By: Gary Rohrmayer

I have been concerned lately that pastors and church leaders are putting very little evangelistic energy into their Easter Services. Here are a few reasons we are hearing:

  • “All our key people go on vacation at that time.”
  • “We don't want to be an attractional church.”
  • “We are have staffing issues and can’t handle a big workload right now.”
  • “We have not had fruitful Easter Outreaches in the past.”

While all of those things may be true, I believe there are important reasons to consider leveraging Easter as an...

10 Steps to Ignite a Powerful Prayer Ministry

By Dick Loizeaux

1. Rekindle your prayer passion.
Seek fresh input by reading books, like Fresh Encounters by Daniel Henderson; The Prayer Saturated Church by Cheryl Sacks; Partners in Prayer by John Maxwell; The Radical Prayer by Derek J. Morris; Intercessor by Norman Grubb; Forever Ruined for the Ordinary by Joy...

Creating a Culture of Generosity Throughout Your Church

By Gary Rohrmayer

If you are going to grow a church significantly one of the skill you are going to need is to learn how to create and shape the culture of your organization.  When we speak about culture, we are referring to an organization's "values, beliefs, and behaviors. In general, it is concerned with beliefs and values on the basis of which people interpret experiences and behave, individually and in groups." (HT)  Building and shaping an organizations...

Starting and Strengthening Churches

We are sold out to church planting and 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...

Don't Overlook the "One Thing"

By Dick Loizeaux

It’s the time of year we pastors think strategically. Maybe you preach a stewardship series to create generosity, you plan a sermon series calendar to create spiritual growth, or you preach a Vision series to create momentum. Maybe you are already planning your Easter outreach. All good stuff. But if we aren’t careful, we can overlook the one thing that may be the deciding factor...

Four Selfish Urges that Kill Community

By Gary Rohrmayer

Relationship building takes time, energy and discipline. As a movement leader my life has always been on the move, traveling at a high rate of velocity. I am often darting from one appointment or project to another trying to catch my breath between meetings and yet God moves according to his time frame, not mine. I have to admit that because of my busyness and people intensive schedule that there are times that I just get...

5 Ways to Overcome the Summer Giving Slump

"God never estimates what we give from impulse. We are given credit for what we determine in our hearts to give; for the giving that is governed by a fixed determination." -Oswald Chambers

Helping our people experience the timeless truth of moving from impulse and haphazard giving to systematically and joyfully giving is a continuous process.  

We see this in Paul's writings, 

"Each one must give as he has decided...

Stories from Across the Region: September in Review

By Gary Rohrmayer

“…strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith…” -Acts 14:22

The month of September was a power packed month. I thought would give you an inside look at my travels among our churches. First, New Hope Christian Community in Round Lake, IL:

I spoke the week before the Grand Opening in their new building. To see this young church busting at the seams and to have so many people come up to Mary and I thanking us for helping the church get started, for providing the financing for them to purchase the building and also...

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