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  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.


“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

Coaching Tips Videos

Here are a number of short, practical videos that introduce and illustrate coaching as Steve Ogne and I wrote about in “TransforMissional Coaching” and use to train coaches all over the world. Click on the links to view the videos…may they help instruct and inspire you to become a great coach!

“What is “TransforMissional Coaching”?   In their ministry with CRM Tim Roehl and Steve Ogne have coached hundreds of leaders from over 100 denominations and organizations and trained thousands of ministry coaches. TransforMissional Coaching describes the essentials of our value for coaching with a goal  to create a culture of empowerment on every level of a denomination or organization through the ministry of coaching.


1. Understanding Coaching–Definitions What is coaching? Here are some simple definitions that form a foundation for understanding the ministry of coaching. For the PowerPoint, click What is Coaching?

2. Seven Habits of Great Coaches Here are the seven habits/skills of great coaches.  The first three are what the coach does for the leader and the last for are what the coach helps the leader do for themselves.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #2 Seven Habits of Great Coaches

3. 4 “C’s” of Holistic, Missional Coaching  Coaching involves the whole life of a leader. Here are  the “4 C’s” of holistic and missional coaching to help coaches pay attention to what God is doing in a leader’s life. For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #3– 4 C’s

4. How to Become a Great Listener  Listening is an essential skill for great coaches.  Here are some tips to become a great listener.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #4 How to Be a Great Listener

5. How to Ask Great Questions Asking great questions that lead to discovery and clarity is the flip side of great listening. Great coaches know how to do both. Here are the keys to asking great questions.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #5 Asking Great Questions

6. The G*R*O*W Game Plan for Coaching  Every coach needs a game plan so that the leader they coach will discover and develop their own game plan to move them forward. Here’s  the G*R*O*W game plan for coaching. For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #6 GROW Coaching Game Plan

7. Getting to Reality  The “R” of our G*R*O*W coaching game plan, here’s tips to help the person you coach paint the clearest picture of their current reality.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #7 Getting to Reality

8. Generating Options The “O” of our GROW coaching game plan is to coach the leader to discover and discern the options to accomplish their goal. Here are practical tips to help generate options as you coach leaders.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #8 Generating Options

9. Developing Action Steps The “W” of our GROW coaching game plan is “Will”–helping the leader clarify what they will do. Here’s how to coach a leader to action steps with S*M*A*R*T goals.  For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #9 Game Plan–Developing Action Steps

10. The Biblical Basis for Coaching  The heart of great coaching is thoroughly Biblical. Here’s the Biblical foundation for coaching. For the PowerPoint, click Coaching Tips #10 Biblical Basis for Coaching

For further information about coaching, you can purchase Tim and Steve’s book “TransforMissional Coaching”.  Click here for the link to Amazon.


Before “Missional” was Cool, there were the Wesleys

I’m really glad for all the conversations and applications about being “missional.”  It’s brought a much needed balance and holistic  view of our walk and work with Jesus.  Website, articles and books about being missional now number in the thousands.

Yet, long before this current wave of missional emphasis, our spiritual forefathers were living incredible, sacrificial missional lives.  The “Wesley boys” and early Methodists not only preached the Good News in places and ways that resulted in hundreds of thousands of people choosing to follow Jesus, they also transformed their culture and literally saved their nation through meeting practical needs.  Personal holiness and social holiness–the Great Commandment and Great Commission truly lived out in daily life–have to go together or they are not truly genuine!

I’ve put some characteristics of the ministry of the early Wesleyans on a PPT slide…simple things, but when viewed together, they are as up to date as today’s missional conversations.  Now, more than ever, we need to practice both Wesley’s methods and theology! It also highlights an important principle for me, especially in planting churches or leading existing churches to become missionally healthy. “We gain permission for our future by looking to our missional past.”

After all, they were missional when missional wasn’t cool!  Click on the link to download Lessons from the Wesleys

Coaching Tip #8: The “W” of G*R*O*W

W: What WILL you do?

 1.    Now we move from “options to action” and from “creativity to  responsibility.”  We are closing the loop to do what it takes to meet our goal.  They are now developing action steps for a game plan to move forward.  Our goal in the “W” of our G*R*O*W coaching game plan for the leader is to take responsibility and own their game plan.  The goal for the coach is to leave the ball in the leader’s hands and trust him/her to move ahead with God’s help.

2.   Ask, “So, how do you want to proceed?”  They will choose their option from options list.  Note: occasionally they will choose a “W” that you feel a check about.  Rather than telling them you think it’s a bad idea, coach them through the implications of that course and that often helps them.

Help them develop “S*M*A*R*T” action steps



Achievable, but still causes them to stretch and trust the Lord

Relevant—fits into the big picture and their vision, values and mission at this point in time.

Time bound

3.  To help them with their S*M*A*R*T goals and reinforce a sense of responsibility and accomplishment, ask questions like these:

  • “WHAT option do you choose?”
  •  “WHAT steps do you need to take?”
  •  “WHERE does this fit in your master plan?”
  •  “WHO needs to know?”
  •  “WHEN will you begin…complete this?”
  •  “WHAT resources will you need?”
  •  “WHO needs to do WHAT to help you accomplish this?”


 4.   Have the leader summarize the action steps, with times/dates for each action.  This is crucial!  If you don’t, a coaching appointment can be nothing more than a good conversation.  They’ve got to leave with a game plan.

5.  Hold the leader accountable…yet allow for follow-up questions and observations before your next coaching appointment.  Leave the ball in the leader’s hands!

Wrapping Up…

What was most helpful to you from our visit today?

When will we meet again?

What can I pray for you about?

Finish your call with encouragement and prayer…bless them!

What happens when people don’t follow through?  Some tips:

  1. As they develop their “W”—their game plan—ask them directly, “Will you do this?”
  2. Make sure the “W” action steps are written down—preferably by the person you coach.
  3. If they fail to follow through, at the next coaching session, ask them what were the factors that contributed to them not following through.
  4. Get them to identify what things did go well (if only small things) and celebrate that with them.
  5. Help them to identify what they’ve learned that will help them change some things for next time.
  6. Coach them through the game plan again.
  7. Sometimes, people truly aren’t coachable.  You may say something like, “It appears that I’m not able to serve you well…it might be better for you to find someone else who can.”  We don’t want to enable people in an unhealthy way.

Download this tip as a Word doc here:  Coaching Tips #8 W of GROW

Adapted from: “TransforMissional Coaching” by Dr. Tim Roehl and Dr. Steve Ogne

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Coaching Tip #7–Simple But Effective Evaluation/Diagnostic Questions

As we coach our leader, it is often helpful to remember some very simple but effective diagnostic/evaluation questions before we begin an event, when we are “stuck” or when we want to review our progress.  Here are a few:

Before You Begin” Questions

  • What are the “big rocks” (priorities) that we must address first?
  • What are we trying to do? What’s our goal?  What is a “win” for us?
  • Who else do we need to hear from…who else needs to be involved…do we have the right people in the right places for the right reasons?
  • How does this fit with your V,V,M? (Vision, Values and Mission)?


 “In the Midst/Getting Unstuck” Questions

  • What’s working?  What’s going well?  Why?
  • What’s not working?  What’s not going well? Why?
  • What’s missing?
  • What’s confused?  What are we not clear about?
  • When where you last “clear” about this issue?
  • Where does this fit into the big picture?
  • How does this fit with your V,V,M? (Vision, Values and Mission)?
  • What adjustments do you need to make in light of current circumstances?


 The “Flip” Question to Turn Obstacles to Opportunities

We can “flip” obstacles into opportunities by asking a simple question.  Ask “What if…” to each obstacle raised, such as…

What if…

  • We had the money?
  • They said “yes”?
  • This was the right time?


 “After the Event” Questions

  • Let them report…help them celebrate!
  • What lessons have we learned from this experience that will help us next time?
  • What could/should be our next step on this issue?  How can we leverage this to build momentum?
  • What adjustments do you need to make in light of current circumstances?
  • Was this a “win” for us…how and why?


As you work with leaders, these simple questions can yield great insights (“ah-ha or uh-oh”) and open doors for teachable moments.  This helps them link specific ministry activities to the bigger picture of ministry strategy.

From: “TransforMissional Coaching” Clinic

To download a Word document of this post, click here: Coaching Tips #7 Diagnostic Q’s

For more information, contact:

Dr. Tim Roehl

Dr. Steve Ogne

Coaching Tip #6—“Generating Options”

“O” In our G*R*O*W Coaching Path, let’s look at the “O”: What are our Options?

Goal of the “O”— Divine Creativity

Key to the “O”— Asking “What else?”

Often what appears to be only a couple options quickly becomes a list of 8-10, of which one “rises to the surface” under the direction of the Holy Spirit…there’s always one more option!

1.  Here’s the coach’s “moment of truth”…

  • Will I try to solve the problem, or guide the leader to discern and discover the creative options that become our solution?
  • Can I resist the obsessive urge to “tell them what to do, because I have the right answer,” or will I help the leader create a list of alternative strategies or courses of action?
  • Ask, “What are our options here?” and then be quiet!  Remember, “A pregnant pause often gives birth to great insights!”

2. Identify false assumptions:

  • “It can’t be done…”
  • “They’d never agree to try that…”
  • “We tried it before and it didn’t work…”
  • “We’re not ready for that…”
  • “We can’t afford that…”

3.  Challenge false assumptions, by asking the “Flip Question that can turn obstacles into opportunities:  “What if…”

  • “You have enough money?”
  • “You had more staff?”
  • “You had the answer to that question?”
  • “That obstacle wasn’t there?”

4.  Let the leader come up with as many options as possible.  Two great option questions are “In what ways could you…” and “What else?” Only offer your options after you’ve asked permission:

  • “May I share a thought or two about this?” 
  • “Have you considered…”

5.   When you’ve generated a good list, ask “What of these options appears to be our best course of action?”  Let the leader choose…it shows that you trust them and helps them take responsibility.  It is very empowering.  If you are not comfortable with their choice, ask questions to help the leader think through the consequences of that choice.  This moves you to the “W” (What will you do?). 

 From: “TransforMissional Coaching” Clinic

 For more information, contact:

Dr. Tim Roehl

Dr. Steve Ogne

To download the Word document of this tip, click here: Coaching Tips #6 Generating Options

Coaching Tips #3: Seven Benefits and Essentials of Great Listening

The Benefits and Essentials of Great Listening

 Among the most important skills of a coach is the ability to listen well.  Listening is the most important and often under-utilized skill in empowering people!  Here are “Seven Benefits  and Seven Essentials of Great Listening.”

Seven Benefits of Great Listening

  1. People know they are valued and respected when we listen.
  2. Great listening treats people like adults…and enhances adult learning.
  3. Listening “holds up a mirror” so the leaders can see themselves more realistically.
  4. Great listening helps provide us with accurate information…and helps us move beyond assumptions.
  5. Great listening builds credibility by demonstrating empathy.
  6. Great listening creates the focus and clarity of self-awareness.
  7. Great listening creates ownership and personal responsibility.

Listening Thoughts

“I bend a sympathetic ear to other people’s woes,

However dull it is to hear their real or fancied throes.

I pay attention to every gloomy line attention undiminished,

Because I plan to start on mine…the moment theirs are finished.”

 “History repeats itself because no one listens the first time.” (Anonymous)

 Special Note: If you are a high D or I in the DISC, or if your spiritual gifts are more verbal in their power, pay special attention to how well you listen!  It won’t come naturally!

 Seven Essentials for Excellent Listening

 1. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” (Steven Covey)

2. “He who talks most listens least.” (Steve Ogne)  Seek a 30/70 ratio of talking to listening.

3.  Start with the other person’s “world”—their context and frame of reference.

4.  Listen beyond words for tone of voice and body language…and be conscious of yours. Communication is 7% words, 35% tone, 58% body language.

5.  Beware of “autobiographical responses: interpreting and advising from your own experience.

6.  Don’t be afraid of silence.  A “pregnant pause” can give birth to great insights!

7.  Listen for “aha” or “uh-oh” moments—they are turning points.

  Action Point:

Plot yourself on this “Telling/Listening Continuum.” 

Enjoy Telling…………….Learning to Listen…..……….Enjoy Listening

How did you do?   What insights did you gain about your ministry of listening?

For a Word version of this post, click here: Coaching Tips #3 Listening

Dr. Tim Roehl, from “TransforMissional Coaching”

Coaching Tip #2 Wholistic and Missional Coaching in 4 C’s

Coaching Tips #2

“Wholistic and Missional Coaching in 4 C’s”

 As we seek to empower leaders through the ministry of coaching, remember that we are coaching leaders in a holistic and missional way.  We must enter the leader’s world and seek to empower them in four areas of life and ministry, what we call “Missional  and Wholistic Coaching in 4 C’s”:

Two Key Questions as we consider the “4 C’s”…

 Where is God working?

 What “C” are we in right now?

1. Clarifying Call (vertical—our relationship with God)

Coaching the “C” of “Call” includes issues such as…clarity of personal call, personal and ministry passion, gifts and role match, personality and leadership role, spiritual life and growth, “season” of journey.     Good questions:  What’s your “sweet spot” where you best fit and flourish in ministry look like?  How much time are you spending in your sweet spot?

2. Cultivating Character (vertical—our relationship with God)

Coaching “C” of  “Character” includes issues such as…personal growth, family life, spiritual issues and growth and character issues.  Good questions:  Where is God shaping your character right now?  What are your growing edges in your spiritual life right now?

3. Creating Community (horizontal—our relationships with others, especially in our church)

Coaching the “C” “Community of faith” includes issues such as… how do we create effective ministry environments, authentic ministry relationships, potential relationships and practicing hospitality. Good questions: How do we create community?  How do maintain healthy community?  What areas of your community are healthy?  What areas needs attention?  Where might we be in need of better balance?

4. Engaging Culture (horizontal—our relationships with others, especially engaging and blessing our culture redemptively)

Coaching the “C” of “Culture” includes issues such as:  awareness of surrounding environment, secular trends and effects on ministry, community of faith’s impact on culture and personal engagement of culture.  I don’t go to “engaging culture” very often.  Good questions:  Where is God at work in your “mission field” right now?  How are you personally engaging people redemptively?  How are you equipping your team/people to engage their culture redemptively?

Remember: You don’t have to hit all 4 C’s in every coaching visit, but be aware of where you are.  Also, you will tend to gravitate toward particular “C’s” that are natural or part of your passion.  The person you coach will also gravitate toward what is natural and comfortable to them.  Be aware of this…and make sure you stay holistic in your overall journey with that person.  Coach according to their needs, but make sure to coach so the whole person is equipped and empowered.

As coaches, we enter the world of the leader…it’s about them, not about us!  We prayerfully discern where God is at work in their life and seek to cooperate with Him!  May God’s Spirit guide you as you coach!

To download the Word doc of this coaching tip, click here: Coaching Tips #2 4 C’s

Dr. Tim Roehl

Leadership Lessons from Lincoln

"Team of Rivals"

I just finished reading “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  It is a massive but very readable study of how Abraham Lincoln brought together his cabinet during his presidency, comprised mostly of leaders who had been his opponents!  Lincoln has been the focus of  many books, and for good reason.  I have always admired him greatly from when I was a kid reading my first biographies of him to standing in awe at his seated likeness at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC to reading quotes attributed to him.  I have often reminded myself of two statements he made that have inspired and encouraged me: “I will prepare myself, and my day will come” and “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no other place to go.”

After reading Goodwin’s book, I am even more of an admirer of Abraham Lincoln!  While it is impossible to recount all I learned from “Team of Rivals” I found myself reflecting on some significant leadership lessons about leadership, working with people and building a team.  Here are my “top ten” leadership lessons from Lincoln from this book:

  1. Keep the big picture in mind.  Don’t let little issues distract or dissuade you from your true priorities.
  2. Be a bigger person than other’s pettiness.
  3. Listen well to other’s concerns even when you don’t agree with them.
  4. Patience gives God time to work in others…and on your behalf.  Let Him work.
  5. Build a team that has a blend of views and strong competencies.
  6. Personal reputation is forged over time…do what is right and God will take care of your reputation.
  7. Relational skills are just as important as “technical skills”—knowing how to work with people makes the biggest difference in the end.
  8. Take time to relax and recharge your batteries.
  9. Read widely.  Learn from history, His Story (God’s Word) and other’s wisdom.
  10. Treat people right even when they treat you wrong.  You reap what you sow.


After reading this book I was again humbled by the magnitude of what the Lord did in and through Abraham Lincoln in the face of immense pressures from circumstances and people.  Yet, he persevered through it all and left us a tremendous legacy of leadership.  He still teaches us today…and I am a grateful learner. 

Tim Roehl

To download this article as a Word doc, click on this link: Leadership Lessons from Lincoln