Hi. We’re Marty & Sandy Boller. Recovering 3-B Pastors.
As you well know, in westernized church life, it’s very important for pastors and ministry overseers to set ministry goals and then measure, from time to time, our success or failure at hitting those goals. As the old saying goes, if you aim at nothing, you’ll certainly end up hitting it! So, if a marksman is going to improve his or her archery skills, making more arrows hit the target, one needs to get out your trusty measuring stick on a regular basis and see how well you are doing at meeting the specific goals you’ve set for yourself.
In churches of all sizes across North America, pastors and ministry overseers are highly encouraged to pull out, on a regular basis, what we call their 3-B Measuring Sticks so they can objectively measure the amount of success (or shortcomings) in church life in relationship to the three primary components associated with a ‘successful’ ministry.
(B)utts in the seats.
If a church is doing well in all of these 3-B’s, hallelujah! God is good and so are we!
But pity the poor pastor, ministry overseer, or church for that matter, who is struggling in any or all of these 3-B Measuring Stick numbers! In truth, across North America, if your church meets in a smaller, under-equipped facility; takes in less than $15 to $20 per person on any given Sunday morning; and/or has less than 200 butts in the seats on any given weekend, you and your church are in trouble, dear friend.
Welcome to the world of the 3-B Pastor.
OUR BRIEF STORY.
Marty & Sandy both grew up in mainline denominational churches, experiencing the power of God in the charismatic renewal of the mid-70′s. Marty is from Iowa. A Hawkeye at heart. Sandy is from Indiana who hails herself as a Northwestern Wildcat. In the true spirit of the radical middle, they met in the middle. Illinois. Both were music education majors in college and they met as music teachers in Wheeling, IL, a blue-collar community in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The Bollers married in Skokie, IL in 1975. Now all these years later, they have four marvelous adult children, all married to magnificent spouses, with six beautiful grandchildren and counting.
In 1976 a group of twenty or so friends formed what has now become the Vineyard Church of Evanston, IL. While serving during the mid-1980′s as volunteer children’s ministry leaders at the church in Evanston (known then as Christ Church of the North Shore), Marty & Sandy were greatly impacted by John Wimber and the Vineyard Churches of America. Wimber made several important visits to their church in the mid-1980′s, transforming just about everything they knew about worship, church life, the Kingdom of God, and practicing the presence of God.
Moving to Iowa in 1987, The Bollers founded the first Iowa City Vineyard in 1988. By the fall of 1991, Marty had joined the pastoral staff of River of Life Ministries under the direction of Pastor Francis Frangipane. As an associate pastor there, Marty led such city-wide ministries as March for Jesus and Promise Keepers. In 1995, Marty was brought on to the national staff of Promise Keepers to serve full-time as an area manager for Iowa and several other Midwestern states.
In 1997, God began pouring out for the Bollers a vision for a new church community in Cedar Rapids. With a rich blessing from River of Life, Father’s House Vineyard Church started as a small group of 5 couples meeting in the Boller’s home in January, 1998. In October, the church held their first public worship service in a storefront location in downtown Cedar Rapids. By the following summer, the church had already outgrown its’ first meeting place. After a short four-year stint in a remodeled downtown theatre, the Bollers found a larger, more permanent facility in SW Cedar Rapids, remodeling a former bar into a contemporary setting for worshipping and serving Jesus. You can visit our church website: www.crvineyard.org
TWO RECOVERING 3-B PASTORS.
Marty & Sandy Boller now serve the larger body of Christ as recovering 3-B pastors. We love working alongside 3-B pastors and ministry overseers who want to throw away their 3-B Measuring Sticks and begin redefining ‘success’ using biblically-based criteria instead always looking at (B)uilding size, (B)ucks in the offering, and (B)utts in the seats. We are available to serve you and your church as contemplative coaches and spiritual directors. In pastoral ministry for over 30 years, the Bollers have experienced both the high and lows, the victories and defeats, of doing church life in America. Through it all, they’ve learned many valuable lessons in life, ministry, and marriage; lessons they now enjoy sharing with other pastors and church leaders through coaching ministries like Standing Stone Ministry and their own pastoral coaching ministry called The Small Church That Works.
Wanna join the reformation? We publish here at AS I SEE IT on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Our goal is to develop a pastoral support network, a group of pastors who believe firmly, from God’s perspective, that SMALL can be BIG. We call that network THE SMALL CHURCH THAT WORKS (TSCTW). This network is designed for supporting pastors of small to moderate-sized churches across North America, men and women who want to begin a conversation with those who desire to abandon the evil taskmaster we call the 3-B Measuring Stick. Drop us an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
And be sure to watch for our new book in 2014…
The Contemplative Activist.
Redefining Success in Pastoral Ministry for the 21st Century.