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 to learn 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...

5 Steps To Increasing Spiritual Conversations In Your Church

By Gary Rohrmayer | President & Executive Minister

Ed Stetzer once said, “If you want your church to be evangelistic and you yourself are not evangelistic – you are on a fools errand.” 

If you are going to see the spiritual conversations in your church increase this year you must see them increase in your life as a leader.


Evangelism Tools For Easter!

By Gary Rohrmayer | President & Executive Minister

One of the joys I receive is hearing stories for pastors and leaders who are using the Spiritual Journey Guide in creative ways that i never thought of ... and are achieving great results.

Mark Bjorlo of...

Capital campaigns can be an amazing blessings!

By Bryan Moak  |  Vice President of Church Strengthening
Capital Campaigns, the very thought makes some of us Cringe...
  • These things are pastor killers.
  • Our people HATE when we go after their money like this.
  • We have too much going on to get distracted by the intense work of a campaign.

I’m sure you can add your own thoughts to the list. What if I were to tell you that Capital campaigns can be an amazing blessing for...

3 Simple Reminders When Planning Easter Services

By Danny Parmelee  |  Vice President of Church Planting

Easter is just around the corner. While you’ve probably already planned most things out, I want to remind you of three things that may seem obvious, but sometimes get forgotten.

  1. Don’t forget Jesus rose from the dead.  You’re astonished at my brilliance aren’t you?   Churches can work hard putting together Easter egg...

Developing an Evangelistic Culture in your Church


In this Whiteboard Leadership training video, Converge president Scott Ridout begins a series focused on developing an evangelistic culture in your church. In this segment, Scott centers on the preparation of the souls in your congregation, creating motivation in the hearts of the people in your congregation and being a model in the midst of your congregation.


Prayer First Weekends & Testimony

By Bryan Moak  |  Vice President of Church Strengthening

When I started my new role with Converge MidAmerica last March, I was excited that there was a real desire to see the temperature of prayer increase throughout our region. I had been blessed to work with Converge for years with their prayer ministry, and served in two churches that were passionate for prayer, so this really resonated with me. So, in the Spring of 2017 we started the Prayer First initiative...

21 Days of Prayer Pastor Prayer Call

By Bryan Moak  |  Vice President of Church Strengthening

One of my favorite books of all time is The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence. In that book, Brother Lawrence says, “That we should establish ourselves in a sense of GOD’s Presence, by continually conversing with Him. That it was a shameful thing to quit His conversation, to think of trifles and fooleries.”  As we begin 2018 I...


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