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!


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!

Tim’s Ministry

Dr. Tim Roehl

Dr. Tim Roehl’s ministry “hats” include church planter, pastor, ministry coach, missionary, author, denominational executive, trainer and teacher.





Tim’s call can be described in several ways:

His concise vision statement is to “Lead leaders to discovery, clarity and destiny for the sake of eternity.”

His expanded ministry vision statement is to “Lead leaders by
– Communicating through speaking and writing to help people see and know Jesus,
– Thinking conceptually to help the Body of Christ plan strategically and
– Coaching leaders to dream and do great things for God.

Tim describes his ministry as being on “W*A*T*C*H” with leaders by …

Tim’s focus is to “lead leaders to discovery, clarity and destiny for the sake of eternity.”

His ministry call is to lead leaders by
– Communicating through speaking and writing to help people see and know Jesus,
– Thinking conceptually to help the Body of Christ plan strategically and
– Coaching leaders to dream and do great things for God.

Tim describes his ministry as being on “W*A*T*C*H” with leaders by …
– Writing
– Assessing
– Training
– Coaching
– Heart


Tim grew up in Sleepy Eye, MN.  While he was a teen his family helped plant a church. Little did he know how important this would become for his ministry journey.

1980-1990 Tim’s pastoral ministry included a “restart” in urban Milwaukee, WI.  During those years the church grew to become a flourishing neighborhood ministry that regularly ministered to twice as many people outside the church as met weekly on Sundays.  Along with being the pastor, Tim was the chaplain for Comstock Nursing Home and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department.

1990-2000 Planted and pastored ChristLife Evangelical Church in suburban Minneapolis.  He served as the Director of Evangelism, Church Extension and Youth for the North Central Conference of the Evangelical Church.  One of his great joys was being the Youth Director at Bethel Camp, where he became a Christian and was called to preach.  He also served as a Lead Coach for the Church Multiplication Training Center (CMTC).  Being part of Leighton Ford’s “Arrow Leadership” program was transformational  He also began doing international ministry training.

2000-2010 Tim became a missionary with Church Resources Ministries (CRM). He served on the Church Multiplication Team and later led CRM’s “A*C*T*S” (Assessing, Coaching, Teambuilding Strategically) Innovation Team. He  served as ChristLife’s “Global Pastor.” Tim served as the Director of Harvest Ministries for his denomination, The Evangelical Church, from 2004-2010.

2011-May 2012  Tim was the Director of Church Health and Multiplication for The Wesleyan Church. He continues ministry as a CRM missionary.

He has taught church planting and leadership internationally in Russia, Belarus, Korea, Japan, Germany and Uganda and Thailand.  Tim has trained leaders from over 50 organizations that minister in over 40 countries.

Tim has a BA in Pastoral Ministry and Bible from Vennard College, a Master of Church Management degree from Olivet Nazarene University, graduated from Leighton Ford’s Arrow Leadership Program, and has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Transformational Leadership for Church Multiplication Movements from Baake Graduate University.

Tim is the author of over 100 dramady sketches used across the country in seeker-sensitive churches originally published by Plastow Publishing.

He has written numerous magazine articles for magazine such as “The Evangelical Challenge” and “Discipleship Journal”.

His books include:

“Christmas Hearts” and “Surprised By Grace” published by Promise Press.

Transformissional Coaching”, co-authored with Dr. Steve Ogne  published by B & H Publishing.

The Day That Changed Forever: Flashbacks from the Cross”  published by Regal books.

“Game Plan: Developing Intentional Missional Ministry”  published by Wesleyan Publishing House.  To purchase copies, contact Tim at timroehl@usfamily.net.

His church planting manual, “Planting New Churches Until the Master Arrives” has been translated into Russian and Japanese.  He has developed numerous other training resources including: “Discovering Your Ministry Identity,”  “Contagious Faith,” and “Beyond Launch–Tips and Tools for Church Plants (Before and) After Opening Day.”