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 ( 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

Equipping Leaders in Haiti

Haiti mapHaiti is a nation of incredible contrasts…economically, materially and spiritually. In August I had the opportunity to equip leaders there and learn more about the ministry of OMS in the Cap Haitian area. You’ll see it at the top of the map of Haiti.

In the midst of extreme poverty I had rich experiences relationally and spiritually as I  equipped ministry leaders and met with our OMS missionaries.

It’s difficult to describe all that happens on international trips like these, so I always keep a journal of my experiences. Writing the story–what led up to the trip, how the trip came together, who I met, daily life, divine appointments, ministry opportunities and unexpected “extras” all get captured in my ministry journals. It helps our supporters, prayer partners, friends and family “go with me”. If you’d like to download and read the journal of my trip to Haiti, click Tim Roehl Trip to Haiti 8-14.

Thanks again to the many who support us with encouragement, finances and prayer.  We couldn’t serve leaders in other nations without you!

“Navigating New Waters”

Search and Rescue CutterI had the honor of being a missionary with CRM (Church Resource Ministries) for a long time working primarily with North American church and denominational leaders from over 50 organizations. Now I work with OMS, (One Mission Society) working with leaders around the world…a great joy!

Working with leaders from so many groups, I found that while we have our own distinctives and uniqueness, we all share a universal call to love Jesus wholeheartedly and join Him on His redemptive mission in our world.

Some leaders I met were empire builders…too much about building their own ministry larger…too much all about them. Others were true Kingdom men and women…all about Jesus and willing to work together with humble sacrificial generosity.

I met many leaders who had good hearts and wanted very much to bring Jesus to their world, but things have changed so much in our culture that they struggle to know how to minister effectively now.

I wrote this piece as a CRM missionary for leaders who still want to rise to the primary call to rescue the perishing yet need help to navigate the new waters we live and minister in. May the Lord raise up more and more missional leaders, young and old, who are passionately in love with Jesus and passionate about those Jesus came to save.  To download and read “Navigating New Waters”, click Navigating New Waters

Roehl Report – August 2014

Sometimes the World Comes to Us…

 Tim training field leaders With Japanese Leaders at General ConferenceOMS International ConferenceWith Warrens & Korean Leaders

Working with a ministry team that serves in over 70 nations with over 187 partners powerfully reminds us of how big, wide, varied and wonderful God’s world is…and how great His love is for every person!

Each summer, “the world comes to us” at OMS Headquarters.  For us, it’s an exciting time to get to know and work with leaders from dozens of nations.  Over a period of about a month, we only slept in our own bed about three nights as we went from one event to another.  Each event gave us fresh ways of appreciating the wealth of knowing leaders from all over the world.  I have coined a phrase that I find myself saying often:  “Big Kingdom, small world!”

Here’s a few ways “the world came to us” in the recent weeks:
International Missionary Advisory Council—Key regional leaders from around the world and our affiliate nations come together for strategic planning.  It was great to think, pray and plan with these leaders to be more effective in our ministry.
Missionary Council Retreat: field leaders and their families from many countries came together to strengthen relationships and spiritual refreshment.  We shared a house with Ian and Josie Bongers and their two kids…Ian is the Executive Director of OMS Australia.  We had delightful time with families from several other nations, including Ukraine, “East Asia,” Canada and Hungary.   
Missionary Council—Shirley was instrumental in the preparation for these meetings. Tim led training on three days to help equip field leaders to work more effectively with their teams.  We had the privilege of hosting two leaders in our home from Korea and Bob & Suzanne Warren who serve in Japan and Korea.
OMS Board Meeting—this is one of Shirley’s main meetings of the year!  She does many hours of preparation and resourcing the members of the OMS Board.  Tim assisted Shirley and also participated in some meetings of OMS Board members and missionary leaders.  We also welcomed Bob Fetherlin and his wife Esther as our new President.
Evangelical Church General Conference—On to Portland, OR!  We spent time with many leaders we’ve known and worked with for over 30 years, including leaders from  Bolivia, Japan, Brazil and all over the US. 
Family Time/Coaching Ministry—We also got to spend a few days in Yakima, WA, to see our family and assist a church planting team Tim is coaching.  A bit of vacation blended together with ministry.

In addition to that, we moved our daughter Elise’s earthly possessions from Iowa to Minnesota.  She’s now living in our home in Blaine…the house she grew up in!  She begins a Master’s program in Organizational Leadership in September…a new season begins for her!  We also got to see friends and family, speak at a church we pastored and take part in the funeral of a dear friend, Darlene Irwin, who helped us plant ChristLife Evangelical Church almost 24 years ago.
“…Sometimes We Go to the World!”
Tim has two international trips in August and September to Haiti and Mozambique.  He will equip leaders in those two nations with coaching and church multiplication skills.  Both are new nations for Tim to serve in!


6-8        Tim Main speaker at National Church Multiplication Conference, Evangelical Friends Church at Barclay College, Kansas
10-16     Tim training leaders in Haiti
21-25     Family trip to Minnesota

2-15      Tim training leaders in Mozambique
17-20     Tim training at “Ignite” Conference Grace Covenant Leaders, Kansas City
24-27     Tim & Shirley at Missio Nexus Conference, Atlanta
29         “Fit and Flourish” Grip Birkman training, Wesleyan North Indiana District
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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.


Jesus and My Spiritual Journey

When I wrote “The Day That Changed Forever”, my goal was to help people “see” Jesus through the eyes of those who saw Him first.  Their stories are told in the Bible in an amazingly honest way.  I tried to blend good historical and Biblical scholarship with “sanctified imagination” so that people could both see themselves and their own spiritual journeys in those stories, but also see Jesus and say, “That’s the Jesus I want to know” and choose to experience His saving love, forgiveness and power.

One of my greatest joys in life is to listen to people’s spiritual stories, share some of my story and then invite them to consider the greatest Story of all…His Story…and see how Jesus can change their stories forever.  Seeing people find life in Jesus is the most wonderful miracle of all.  Nothing’s like it!

Here’s some of the story of my spiritual journey and the difference Jesus has made for me.  I hope you’ll read it with your own story in mind.  If you already know Jesus, I hope it reinforces your confidence in Him.  If you are still on your way to clarity about your relationship with Jesus, I hope this will help.  I’d love to hear more about your spiritual journey!  Feel free to contact me.  I”m a good listener and Jesus is an amazing Savior. Click on the link to download my Jesus story.   Jesus and My Spiritual Journey

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

“Through Mary’s Eyes”

What would have been like for Mary, Jesus’ mother, to stand at the foot of the Cross and see her Son die?  She’d always known He was born for a mission far bigger than she could understand.  Standing at the Cross brought everything together for her.  Look through her eyes…relive her memories…feel her heart.  She called Him son.  We call Him Savior.

Click on the link to read  Behold Your Son