About Rohadi

Rohadi lives in Calgary where he balances time in a number of vocations including pastor of Cypher Church. Find him discussing a number of subjects on church, diversity, and culture on his blog Discover his books including, Thrive: Ideas to lead the church in post-Christendom and Soul Coats: Restoration.

Can Churches Change?

By |2019-10-15T11:02:58-05:00October 15th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, Church Planting, Deconstruction, Doubt|

For the first time in nearly 3 years my current church plant, Cypher Church, held what I’ll call a “conventional” worship service. You know the one: 5 songs, 1 by Hillsong, announcements, and a 20-45 minute sermon. We don’t worship in this way so it was novel to do once. How we gather and the ways we deconstruct our understanding of worship are important questions for the church in post-Christian Canada.

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Dry and Parched Land

By |2019-03-27T00:25:46-05:00March 27th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

Today’s readings: Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9 Rain cascaded down the ancient gothic buttresses of Westminster Abbey. Sunday morning meant the unusually long lines of tourists seeking to meander through the halls were noticeably absent. So few were present for service that I was ushered to sit in the hallowed quire. It was

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Third Wednesday of Advent

By |2018-12-20T11:38:44-05:00December 19th, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 11:1-9, Micah 4:8-13, Luke 7:31-50 Isaiah 11:1-9 11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;     from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—     the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,     the Spirit of counsel and of might,     the Spirit of the knowledge and fear

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Welcome to Cypher Church, the church for the outsiders….

By |2018-08-24T17:03:32-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting|

Calgary is home to one of the largest metro populations of religious “nones” in the country. Over a 1/3 of the population would check the box, “no religious affiliation” when asked. The contemporary church, rooted in Christendom, struggles to connect with the emerging majority demographic. It’s here where we decided to immerse a church with intention knowing full well we had few answers coming in. First off, who’s we?

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Building Multi-Ethnic Churches in Canada

By |2018-04-16T14:23:09-05:00April 16th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, Racism|

See part 1 of the conversation as Rohadi asks "Do Canadian Churches Ignore Racism?" This post was written prior to the Gerald Stanley verdict, following which racist attitudes reared its ugly head in our country once again. Perhaps it's a good thing. We have difficulty as Canadians acknowledging our deeply seated presuppositions predicated

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Do Canadian Churches Ignore Racism?

By |2018-02-23T17:35:52-05:00February 12th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism|

I was looking at the lineup of a recent church conference and did a double take. I couldn’t help notice that of the 30 or so presenters, all but 2 were men. All of the men were white. This isn’t the only conference that has the same ratio, in fact, most do. Do you think this a problem?

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How Would You Tell the Gospel Story Without Using Church Language?

By |2019-09-28T15:31:45-05:00October 3rd, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Nones & Dones|

Here’s the problem: Christianity in North America is disintegrating. The exodus hasn't begun, it's almost done. I'm not suggesting that tomorrow we'll wake up and all the churches will be gone. In fact, despite an era of decline, many churches believe they are immune. But the data doesn't lie. Few churches specifically grow through evangelism.

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The 3% – A new measure of success

By |2017-08-04T17:37:44-05:00August 4th, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Leadership|

Planning for your future becomes more important the closer you are to retirement. If you’re 20 and come into a windfall of cash, it’s unlikely all of that money is going into the TFSA. We tend to struggle with picturing ourselves in the distant future. Churches tend to lack vision that extends beyond 3-5 years. Lead pastors are kind of like politicians, they have direction enough for their term, and little beyond. What we rarely see is vision casting that extends into generations. We struggle as a whole to plan for the future.

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