A Tremendous Taiwan Trip!

Map of TaiwanEver been to Taiwan when the whole nation is celebrating Chinese New  Year?

It’s noisy…busy…tasty…interesting…colorful…crowded…and I got to do it recently!

Part of my ministry with One Mission Society (OMS) is to travel to the nations where we have ministry teams and/or partners to serve and equip them.  An invitation to do team building and encouraging ministry to our OMS Taiwan team during their annual retreat turned out to be a delight–in  more ways than one–and an adventure–also in more ways than one!

Along with serving a team of missionaries who come from five home countries learn how they can better fit and flourish personally and as teams, I got to experience a lot of Taiwan culture…which is especially interesting during their week of Chinese New Year!

The OMS team time was great.  I got feedback about our team building time with words like, “enlightening, eye-opening, helpful, encouraging…”  That makes long hours of travel and adjusting to a 13 time zone difference worthwhile!

There’s a lot more to the story, which includes a travel delay that led to finding our new doggie, a suitcase that came late but right on time…and more!  You can read my journal of the trip to read the fuller version and see more pictures by clicking here: Taiwan Journal 2-16.

Because of the prayer and financial partnership of our Roehl support team, we can do this kind of ministry.  Thanks to all who do!  We are always praying for more people to be ministry partners with us, so if you are interested, you can learn more at  https://onemissionsociety.org/give/theroehls .

And, from Taiwan…Happy New Year!

Asia Ministry Journal

Asia Map 2In November, Shirley and I spent most of the month ministering in four nations. We had a wonderful trip…our longest ever together internationally. We did team building work with three mission teams, coach training in two countries for leaders from a dozen ministries and had a memorable Thanksgiving with OMS missionary friends in Hawaii. For those of you who like to follow our ministry, you can download my journal from the trip. To read my journal, click Tim and Shirley 11-15 Asia Trip Journal

For those of you who support us in prayer and financial partnership, THANK YOU! You are making it possible for us to serve leaders all over the world who are making a huge difference for God. As it’s been said by others, “Teamwork makes the dream work”. Together, we’re making a difference!


Mexico Ministry

Have you ever had “tacos el pastor”?

I hadn’t either…until I went to minister in Mexico recently!  Tacos el pastor are a national favorite in Mexico.  Wonder what they are?  You can find out by reading my ministry journal from my Mexico trip.  I spent ten amazing days serving leaders during four different ministry events…and got to see, experience, taste and smell a lot of Mexican culture along the way as well!

Tim Jose Alfredo Coaching Game Plan Mexico 4-15The picture shows Jose, my OMS training partner, Fernando, President of our OMS partner denomination and me with our coaching plan in Spanish.  I got to train leaders in coaching skills, Interactive Adult Learning skills, teambuilding skills and preached at a local church…along with other divine appointments  the Lord had arranged for me!

When I travel internationally, I try to capture my experiences in a journal.  It helps me remember what happened and also allow others to “travel” with me.

Here’s my journal from my Mexico trip…hope you enjoy it.

Oh…and you’ll learn more about tacos el pastor, too!

To download the journal, click Mexico Trip Journal 4-15.

New Edition of Game Plan!

Game Plan coverA revised and updated edition of “Game Plan: Developing Intentional  Missional Ministry” is now available! 

To order it online from Amazon, click here, or you can contact Tim directly at timroehl@usfamily.net  for bulk orders.

Here’s what some leaders are saying about Game Plan:

“I greatly appreciate “Game Plan” for us in working with missionary development in the Caribbean. I was looking for a practical guide for ministry development for any context and I found it in “Game Plan”. Since it is practical and biblically based, it is well received and useful across cultures. Since it has a story line, it is easy to follow in a practical way.”
– Richard Yoder, One Mission Society Caribbean Field Director

“What a joy to find a road map with “Next Steps” to encourage building Great Commission Churches through Great Commandment living. Game Plan achieves this well.”
– Gary E. Wright President, World Renewal Int’l; Evangelist, Evangelical Friends Church; Community Church Missions

“Practical! Practical! Practical! The narrative approach and breadth of resources make Game Plan a must have, practical resource for engaging the Great Commission in meaningful, missional ways. Every lay person, pastor, missionary and church planter who is serious about making disciples will find this to be a useful resource. This is a book to order by the case to share with others in your personal efforts to make and multiply disciples.”
– Rev. Bob Ransom, US Ministries Director, The Missionary Church

“Game Plan is a game changer. The coach approach in every chapter allows readers to immediately develop a community impacting Game Plan. If you desire to reach a community for Christ this book will prove to be more valuable than any seminar you have ever attended.”
– Sam Farina, Assemblies of God USA Coaching Task Force Leader.

“Game Plan is a must read for anyone struggling to make sense of church life or who longs to fit and flourish in God’s Kingdom. Tim Roehl provides a delicate balance of coaching, coach training, and clear and helpful teaching. It was easy to follow the conversation Roehl provides, replacing Tom’s name with my name. His story overlaps my story. Maybe yours as well. Having first hand exposure to Tim and his coaching and teaching ministry, Game Plan is about as close as you can get without flying him in for the weekend. It’s an easy read. But you will want to linger over each section until it becomes yours. Read it. Read it with others.”
– Rev. Les Cool, Pastor, Director of Church Planting for the Evangelical Congregational Church

“Tim Roehl masterfully accomplishes his goal to create a ‘coach yourself forward’ resource manual! His questions for personal self-reflection or team discussion stimulate vision and discernment, and the appendices provide biblically-based missional strategies rich with application…all this in a book that is highly engaging and adaptable to the reader’s own pace.”
–Dr. Wayne Schmidt, VP Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University

“Game Plan is not for cowardly leaders who wish to play it safe. It is for those brave souls who are willing to get out of the bubble of “doing church as usual” in order to make a difference in their community and beyond. You will find this self-coaching guide practical and relevant for creating a missional culture in your church.”
– Mark O Wilson, Pastor, Author of “Purple Fish” & “Filled Up, Poured Out”

I love the story Tim uses to get across his message. It captures your attention and makes the development of missional ministry come alive through the characters Tim has developed. He makes it a very practical, step by step process without it feeling like it. For me what makes his message even more tangible, is having had him for a coach myself. Tim isn’t just writing a book – he is sharing his heart for developing people and changing lives. This is the real thing, and so is he.
– Rev. Ray Van Gilst, District Superintendent with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Central Pacific District

To read what other leaders are saying about Game Plan, click Game Plan Endorsements.

To view more information about the book and downloadable resources click here.


Christmas Hearts: “The Gift of Joy”

“Something was missing…something that he had been secretly looking for a long time. What was it? Happiness? No, that wasn’t quite the Christmas Hearts cover frontright word. He was happy or sad depending on the circumstances around him, but he was hungry for something deeper, more powerful than just the temporary highs of good feelings. He wanted something not dependent on what was going on around him. He needed something more than a feeling. So…what was it, then? He just couldn’t seem to put his finger on it, but when he found it, he knew he’d recognize it.”

One of reasons Christmas is still so powerful in our culture is because the Person and promises of Christmas speak to and meet the deepest longings of people’s hearts.

When you speak to people’s longings, you’ll  always be relevant.

When we’re listening, you’ll find that the Lord is always speaking to our deepest needs, desires, dreams and longings.  Because we’re  made in His image and because Jesus came to restore us to a redeemed relationship with Him, only He can fulfill those longings.

In this story from “Christmas Hearts”, you’ll meet a shepherd whose individual longings are universal.  In his story, you may very well find your own story.  In meeting Christ, his story was forever changed.  We you and I meet Christ, our stories are forever changed, too.

Hope  you enjoy this story…as you read “The Gift of Joy“, may your heart be nourished with Advent awe.

To get the whole book in Kindle or paperback, click on “Christmas Hearts“.

Merry CHRISTmas!

The Answer for Our Nation’s Aching Heart

black white handsI’ve been aching for our nation.  It’s been a difficult time of stress, slogan-slinging, protesting, violence and finger-pointing…mostly focusing on racial issues. I’ve said little and prayed a lot, since most people are making pronouncements and casting blame instead of inviting conversation, constructive action or (more importantly) praying and worshiping with each other, seeking God in the midst of our heartache.

Sunday morning I didn’t attend our church. We have a nice church with lots of wonderful folks. Our church looks a lot like our community…mostly white, but we’ve worked hard to welcome and include folks from many backgrounds.

Instead, I went to worship with an AME (African Methodist Episcopal) congregation. We share a common Methodist heritage (I’m from the German side of Methodism). It is located more in the heart of our city. I was the only white person there in the midst of about 100 people. I was warmly welcomed. Throughout the service I got and gave lots of hugs, blessings and greetings from folks. The worship was vibrant, upbeat and enthusiastic. The prayer was powerful. We sang “O Come All Ye Faithful” and recited the Apostle’s Creed.

At one point they played a clip of an MSNBC TV show host focusing on black men who were mistreated or even died in situations involving law enforcement. As a former law enforcement chaplain who ministered to men and women from many ethnic backgrounds who wore badges, it made my heart ache even more. When we lump entire groups of people by their race (black or white or brown or red or yellow) or their profession (law enforcement) and single them out for criticism, judgment or scorn, it only makes things worse. There was some politics in the pastor’s message, but he mainly focused on pointing his people to a God Who is in control…Who can do powerful things when we realize we are not in control and humble ourselves and choose to give Him control of our lives. People responded for prayer…God met people with love, grace and forgiveness like He does wherever people call on His name.

I went to a black church to remind myself that, in spite of the ugliness of sin and it’s effects in our world, we are all created in the image of God, infinitely loved by Him, welcomed into His family when we humble ourselves, ask for forgiveness and find our identity in Him. In Christ, we are one. Our God is color blind…we are all equally loved and valuable to Him.

If we make race, gender or some other quality the most important part of our identity, we’ll always be comparing ourselves to or competing with others. When we make Jesus the source of our lives and identity, we have the common ground to honor, value, love and appreciate each other.

I worshiped with brothers and sisters today. That’s what mattered to me. And…that’s where the hope for a just, peace-full, healthy, holy world is possible.  Jesus is the answer to our nation’s (and our world’s) aching heart.

“A Christmas Widow’s Mite”

Here’s a tribute to all those who are often ignored on earth but famous in heaven…

“A Christmas Widow’s Mite”

Reflected neon lights glared off shiny steel and glass on the shopping mall entrance. Softly falling snow blanketed gray sidewalk slush. Christmas music wafted through the air, ebbing and flowing with the opening of the mall doors. Through those doors hundreds of holiday pilgrims, pausing briefly to wolf down a burger and fries between stops, rushed in a harried herd to make their sacrifices to the gods of consumerism. Every year the demands of the gods expanded. Exchanging plastic and paper for presents meant more profits to satisfy the cravings of the merchants…and perhaps the purchases would bring a measure of happiness to the hearts of the pilgrims.

At the moment, however, the faces of the pilgrims mirrored more stress than satisfaction.

Salvation  Army Red KettleJust outside the huge temple of materialism, a lonely sentinel stood, ringing a bell next to a red kettle. The sign next to the ringer said, “Sharing is Caring.”

Few paused to even consider the message.

Coming out the doors, trying to balance armloads of packages, a shopper here and there stopped in front of the solitary bell ringer. Oft times at the urging of a child tugging at their coat sleeve, a pilgrim dug in their pocket for the leftovers of their change (leaving enough for the parking meter at the next store, of course) and dropped a few coins into the metal container.

While trying to ward off winter chill, the sentinel noticed the approach of an old woman from down the block. Her steps were slow and steady, her coat old and worn–the frayed and weary veteran of many winter seasons. Age lines etch her face, but her eyes sparkle with the quiet joy of one decades younger.

Focusing her gaze on the watchful ringer at the red kettle, ignoring the pleading of the lights and signs and stores, the elderly lady walked right up to the red receptacle. Taking a frazzled coin purse from her pocket, she took two dollars and fifty three cents in change (all it contained) and dropped it all into the kettle. Then, with a cheery “Merry Christmas…God bless you, stay warm” she turned and walked back to her small apartment, surrounded by the softly falling snow. She is penniless until her next social security check…but rich, oh, so rich in her heart…

…and if you’d have listened closely enough, you’d have heard the applause of angels accompanying her walk home.

Have a Wonder-Full Christmas!  If you’d like to download and share this with others, click A Christmas Widow’s Mite.

Roehl Report November 2014

Roehl Report Masthead Prayer CardNational Conferences and International Trips
Part of our ministry gives us the privilege of equipping leaders in national and international settings. August through October were busy travel times with rich times of ministry and learning.

Evangelical Friends National Church Multiplication Conference
Tim was the featured speaker for the Evangelical Friends Church at their National Church Multiplication Conference on the campus of Barclay College in Kansas in August. He spoke in four main sessions and did a workshop around the theme of “Missional Multiplication”. There were over 100 leaders from all over the United States at the event. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak into the life of an entire denomination, casting vision for what “could be” and helping them with practical skills to make a difference in their world. A wonderful “extra” the Lord provided was being able to see our dear friends Justin and Kara Lefto and their three awesome sons.

To listen to Tim’s messages from that conference and download the PowerPoint and message outlines, click here

Haitian Coaching Group 3 Haiti Training Trip
A week-long trip to Haiti in the Cap Haitian area was an opportunity to equip over 30 leaders with coaching skills and also get to learn more about the multi-faceted ministry of OMS there. Tim was invited by Dave Graffenburger, who has served the Haitian people with his wife Marilyn for many years. It was a great experience to see a beloved leader work with his people. Dave and Tim trained pastors, church planters and church planting trainers, seminary students and others with ministry coaching skills. Tim also got to see our medical and dental clinics, seminary, school for children, wood shop and our radio ministry (4VEH)… all of which make the love of Jesus real and powerful in many ways. He also got to spend quality time with many of the OMS missionaries who serve there.

It was a rich learning experience. If you’d like to read Tim’s journal and see some pictures of the trip, click here.

Mozambique Training Trip
In early September, Tim was in Africa for two weeks. Joining his OMS teammate Jose’ Bañales we got to see a bit of South Africa with OMS Mozambique field director Larry Weil (a day at Kruger Park on safari seeing animals in the wild was a lifelong dream). Joining the rest of our OMS team in Mozambique, we had a whirlwind of ministry experiences:
– We spoke at a church, seminary and Christian school
– We led three coach training events for leaders from over 12 organizations and 12 nations
– We spent quality time with each of our OMS missionary families, who come from five countries.
– We also had ministry time with leaders from other ministry organizations.

Kongolati Tim coaches Pastor JukaAs Tim modeled coaching skills by coaching the leader of our partner denomination in Mozambique under a beautiful shade tree, one of the pastors watching the power of what coaching can do said, “A movement has begun under this tree.” If you’d like to read the journal from Tim’s trip to Africa, click here.

Grace Covenant International Conferences
Our friend Dallas Elder leads a ministry called Grace Covenant International, based in the Kansas City area. Tim was one of his three presenter/equippers for their “Ignite” Ministry Conference. Leading workshops on how to go deeper with God, deeper as healthy teams, and deeper into your mission fields was rewarding and well received.

Missio Nexus Conference
We both joined other OMS leaders in Atlanta in late September at the Missio Nexus Conference, which brings together leaders from mission agencies and ministries across North America. We represented OMS at our booth, attended workshops and enjoyed meeting friends from other ministries. A great joy was to see our cousins Jamie and Dot Bosworth before the Conference and our good friends Chris and Lisa Cooper and their family (including 18-month old triplets!) before we went home.

Birkman International Conference
An important part of our ministry is helping leaders and teams fit and flourish. A key resource is the Grip-Birkman process (www.gripbirkman.com). Tim went to Houston to get more training to become a Senior Birkman consultant and attend their international conference. It was tremendous to meet people from all over the world who work in business, educational, ministry and other professional environments. He had some amazing conversations with people…some about their spiritual journeys as well as Birkman learning!

On the “what a pleasant surprise” front, Tim found out that his dear cousin Nancy lives five minutes from where the training was held! He had not realized that her town was a suburb of Houston. Precious time was spent with her and her daughter Dawn’s family.

Family Trip
We made a trip back to Minnesota in late August to spend time with our family, especially going through many boxes of family pictures and mementos with Tim’s Dad, our Uncle Noel and Tim’s brothers Randy and Rick and their wives Lisa and Aleen. We had some wonderful time with our daughter Elise, shared about our ministry at Illumination Church, where we had pastored and also helped with the homegoing service of our dear friend Darlene Irwin. It’s always good to be home and see family.

Upcoming Ministry
** Ongoing coaching relationships
6-8 Presenting/Equipping at Kentucky Mountain Bible College
10-13 Chapel Speaker, Evangelical School of Ministry, Greenwood, IN
10-14 Grip Birkman Super Week, Greenwood, IN
17-20 Train and Multiply Training, Greenwood, IN

** Ongoing coaching relationships
3-5 OMS Orientation, Greenwood, IN
17-30 Help Aubrey, Dylan and boys move, Marshalltown, IA and family time, MN

Pray For…
1. Aubrey and Dylan’s move from WA to IA and the sale of their house.
2. Tim’s dad who is dealing with health issues.
3. Upcoming ministry opportunities locally and globally.
4. Us to be a blessing in our neighborhood.

Thanks for your support…together, we’re making a difference around God’s world!

African Adventure: Ministry in Mozambique

Kongolati Church Tim coaches Pastor JukaAs an OMS missionary, I get to serve our missionaries and also ministry leaders from many other nations and organizations.

In September, my travels took me to South Africa and Mozambique in Africa, where I had the honor of working with leaders from over a dozen nations and a dozen ministries.

During the two week trip, we ministered mainly around Maputo, Mozambique.  You can see it at the bottom of the map of Mozambique.

I spoke at a Christian school to high school students, a seminary and at a church.  My OMS team mate Jose Banales and I led three training events to equip leaders with coaching skills.

At one of the events, while many church leaders and pastors looked on, I modeled coaching under a beautiful African tree with Pastor Juka, the head of our partner denomination. Watching the power of coaching, one pastor exclaimed, “A movement has begun under this tree!”

We also had significant time with our OMS missionary families, who come from five different countries.  Their dedication, sacrifice and faithfulness inspire me.

I also got to do something on my “bucket list”…go on a real African safari.  What an amazing experience!

If you’d like to “go with me” on that trip and read the longer version of my experiences and reflections, you can download my journal here.

Thanks again to all who “go with us” through prayer, encouragement and financial partnership!

“Missional Multiplication” at Evangelical Friends National Church Multiplication Conference

Evangelical Friend Church Multiplication imageSpeaking into the life of an entire denomination is both a privilege and a rare opportunity.

I got to do that for the Evangelical Friends Church denomination in August.  I was the key speaker for their National Church Multiplication Conference on the campus of Barclay College.  Leaders from all over the United States and from other nations attended both onsite and online.  The Friends Church has a long, wonderful history.  They are dreaming of, praying for, working toward and believing God for His best as they look to the future.  My part was to encourage and equip them as an outside voice and fellow missional leader.

At the Conference I spoke five times in four main worship sessions and a workshop.  My theme was “Missional Multiplication“.  God met with us in powerful ways during these sessions and throughout the conference.

You can listen to my main session messages and download the PowerPoints, video clips and message outlines by clicking the links below:

“Passion: The Fuel for Multiplication”  (audio, PowerPoint/video, message outline)

“Perspective: Focusing Multiplication”  (audio, PowerPoint/video, message outline)

“Power: Freeing Multiplication” (audio, PowerPoint, message outline)

“Partnerships: The Fellowship of Multiplication” (audio, PowerPoint/video, message outline