The ROGO Foundation
Join Dan Zimbardi and Ron McCoy of Sandals Church and the ROGO Foundation as they have a conversation with Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird around the state of the church in America, the impact of the global pandemic, and the role that church adoption and revitalization plays in the future of the local church.
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Pastor Dan Zimbardi has been the Executive Pastor of Sandals Church, one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America, for the past nine years. Dan spent twenty-two years as an entrepreneur and corporate executive who has worked with some of the world’s most dynamic brands, including Google, Nike, Facebook and Burton Snowboards. Dan’s passion is to train and develop leaders both in ministry and the marketplace to do their life’s best work.
With over four decades of diverse ministry, Jim has pastored churches in New Mexico and Germany, grown a megachurch in Colorado, and pioneered the multisite strategy for Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. In addition to being a multisite and merger specialist at The Unstuck Group, Jim currently serves as the Chief of Staff at Christ Fellowship in Miami.
In 2005 Jim founded MultiSite Solutions, a church consulting company that has assisted hundreds of churches in multiplying their impact through intensive multisite, church merger and multiplication consultation. In 2019 Jim merged MultiSite Solutions with Tony Morgan and The Unstuck Group to expand its capacity to assist more churches.
As the @MultiSiteGuy, Jim continues to track multisite developments and has become the nationally recognized expert on multisite church strategy. In addition, he has become the @MergerGuru having assisted numerous churches through the church merger process.
Jim is the author of 125 Tips for MultiSite Churches, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work-Expanded and Updated and Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting, and Giga-Church World.
Jim resides in Colorado Springs, CO and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a Masters of Theology (Th.M) from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jim and his wife, Deryl, have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.
Ron McCoy is the Executive Director of The ROGO Foundation. He has been an active member of Sandals Church for nearly the entire life of the church and a licensed minister for the last 14 years. Ron spent 20 years in the marketplace as a corporate executive and entrepreneur before joining the team to help lead Sandals Church and start the ROGO Foundation to better position the church to grow and reach more people with the gospel. Ron loves leading others, driving change and has a tremendous passion for the global and local church.
Warren Bird, Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He now serves as Vice President of Research and Equipping for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ecfa.org). He is also a Senior Fellow at Leadership Network, in recognition of his outstanding work for 13 years as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network, 2006-2018.
An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of more than 30 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller.
Warren blogs regularly at Large Church Trends. See also ecfa.org/surveys for many of his online reports including “Ten Ways to Improve Your Board: Best Practices of Effective Nonprofit Governance” and “Four Challenges for Governance Boards: Many Boards Unprepared for the Future.” See also his research reports at leadnet.org/megachurch, leadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable.
Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact?
Check out Jim Tomberland and Warren Bird’s book Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work by clicking the link below!