Celebration Banquets are Coming!

This year Converge MidAmerica is celebrating 165 years of ministry. It was in 1852 that school teacher Gustaf Palmquist was baptized. Palmguist quickly became a lay minister and forty-seven days later he baptized three converts in the Mississippi River near Rock Island, IL. Five days later they together organized the first Converge MidAmerica church.

Celebrations are vital to the life of the church. They remind us of our humble beginnings and the...

A Worthy Life

As I wrap up my ministry with Converge, I am chagrined to confess that I find myself wondering how I will be remembered. Will I be remembered for a worthy life and ministry?

The self-evaluation is humbling. Not just humbling because it reveals my self-centeredness, or how far I fall short of my aspirations. But humbling because of how often I was tempted to measure my worth by false criteria. Like the size of my church, the number of...

Converge Vision Meetings Coming to Your Area

Vision Meetings

During the months of March, April and May we are inviting all of our churches to meet our new vice presidents Bryan Moak and Danny Parmelee to hear their personal stories, their individual calls to come serve us here in MidAmerica and to begin a process of developing a shared ten year vision (2017-27) for our churches, region and global impact.

Converge MidAmerica has been a grass roots organization for 165 years.  Over the next 10 months we...

New Health Insurance Rules for Pastors

Great news. Health Reimbursement Arrangements signed into law!

In December, the 21st Century Cures Act was passed that will once again allow churches with less than 50 (full-time equivalent) employees and no group health plan to pay for their pastor’s health insurance.

A QSEHRA is an employer-funded health benefit plan that, after the employee furnishes proof of coverage, reimburses employees for out-of-pocket medical expenses and...


Results of the Converge Diversity Assessment


by Scott Ridout

For the past year, Converge's district and national leadership have been working together on a diversity assessment of our movement. As in everything we do, our objective in this endeavor is to help more people meet, know and follow Jesus. We acknowledge our world, country and communities are changing and our organization needs to make adjustments to more effectively bridge spiritual, social, ethnic and cultural divides so prevalent in our...

The Skokie Story

The Bumpy Rewarding Road

by Allison Hurtado

In the picturesque village of Wilmette, Illinois, you’ll find Skokie Valley Baptist Church. Wilmette is a Northshore suburb of Chicago bordering Lake Michigan. There are diverse neighborhoods with vacation homes, commuters into the city and, more recently, large immigrant populations. SVBC began in the 1950s as a Swedish Baptist church with a strong emphasis on supporting missionaries. As the church grew, it built...

You Are Not Alone; Online Small Groups for Pastor's Wives

By Heather Wilson

The first time I logged on to join an online small group of Pastor’s wives through Leading and Loving It I was nervous. I thought I’d be the only one insecure about my role. I was so intimidated. But I knew I needed support. Our family had just moved away from family and friends in Seattle for my husband to begin a new Pastoral position in Western Illinois.  Though we felt confidence and...


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