What Does it Take to be a Church Planter?

By Danny Parmelee  |  Vice President of Church Planting

One of the reasons that Converge has such a high success rate in church planting is because they recognize that not everyone is wired to be a church planter. Over the years, and through much experience, Converge has developed one of the most robust assessment processes in church planting. Many denominations have now even followed our process as a template....

Scott Wilson Promotion Ceremony

Senior Pastor Scott Wilson of Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg, IL is also Chaplain in the IL Air National Guard and recently was promoted to Major during a promotion ceremony at Bethel on Wednesday May 2, 2018. Bethel Baptist Church has been very supportive of his military service and nearly 200 people attended his ceremony.

Please join us in congratulating Pastor Scott.  We thank him for his service to the Lord and our country.  

The Importance of a Regular Check Up

By Bryan Moak | Vice President of Church Strengthening

I’m 50 years old now, and that age is a trigger for some rather unpleasant medical procedures. I am NOT looking forward to it. So why am I going to go though all of this if I feel fine? I do it because I want to make sure that I’m ACTUALLY fine. Doing preventative medicine helps me to deal with any issues that might come up before it gets too serious. In fact, I just heard a story of a woman who was given a...

Pastors & Wives Retreat is Back!

“This is the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time.” I wrote those words in my prayer journal during our first Converge MidAmerica Pastors & Wives Retreat back in October 2016. My husband Sean and I had just enjoyed lunch together, followed by a leisurely walk along the city beach in New Buffalo. I collected a little jar of pebbles, fossils, and sea glass, which I’ve kept on my desk ever since to remind me of what I have to look forward to at the next retreat. So I’m excited to...

Natural Church Development Pricing Announcement!

By Bryan Moak  |  Vice President of Church Strengthening

Now is a great time for you to take your church through Natural Church Development.  The Natural Church Development survey is a tool for assessing the health of the church in eight specific areas that have been shown through studies to have a strong correlation to church growth. While the focus of this survey is on church health,...

Why We Love Natural Church Development

The Natural Church Development survey was a great church health tool for our church.  It helped our church leaders celebrate our strengths and have culture changing conversations about our weaknesses. The world-class coaching provided by the Mid America office helped us continue to grow as a healthy, life-giving church.  The greatest thing about NCD is that it gives you both the opportunity to honestly evaluate the systems of your church and practical, realistic steps...

What Are the Marks of a Strong Church?

By Gary Rohrmayer | President & Executive Minister

We are serious about strengthening our churches!

Why? Because scripture mandates it.

The Apostle Paul in his letter (actually a field manual) to Titus, who was serving as a regional leader on the island of Crete, charged Titus with the task of strengthening the churches there. He writes, "The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left...

Congratulations to Weston Oxley!

Congratulations to Weston Oxley on his recent ordination. Weston was approved by the ordination counsel on February 24 and was officially ordained by his congregation on Sunday, March 11.

Weston Oxley is Pastor of Adult Ministries at Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg, IL.  He lives in Galesburg with his wife of 18 years, Amy, and their 5 boys.  Having transplanted from Southern California over 10 years ago, they have embraced the Midwest and all it has to offer for...

When to Schedule A Capital Campaign

By Bryan Moak  |  Vice President of Church Strengthening

We are frequently asked: “When does our church need to start its capital campaign process?”

The answer is: “A lot earlier than you probably think.” Here’s why. There are two great times to do what is called the Public Phase of the campaign, the 4-6 weeks that commitments are made by your congregation. The first is late fall, right before the Advent season. The second is in the...

Creating A Culture Of Generosity Throughout Your Church

By Gary Rohrmayer | President & Executive Minister

If you are going to grow a church significantly, one of the skills you are going to need is learning how to create and shape the culture of your organization. When we speak about culture, we are referring to an organization’s “values, beliefs, and behaviors. In general, it is concerned with beliefs and values on the basis of which people interpret experiences and behave, individually and in groups.” (HT) Building and...


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