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The Dance of Ministry: Reflecting on My First Year as a Pastor’s Wife

It is most certainly summer here at what we affectionately call "Pete's Retreat." The day starts early for the three youngest boys. They share a rather large room with separate beds, yet at night when we check in on them, they're huddled together, passed out like puppies in one bed. As soon as the sun starts to come in through the curtains & the birds start singing their morning tune, they are AWAKE and HUNGRY. Which usually means Josh is half asleep, stumbling through the kitchen in desperate need for coffee that can't come quickly enough. (That’s right - HE makes the...

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What is Natural Church Development?

Natural Church Development is a way of understanding church health and growth that views the church as a living organism. It does not ask the question "How can we grow our church?" It assumes that God desires to see every church actively involved in His redemptive mission. Paul wrote, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow...

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Celebration Banquets 2017 Highlights

"Meeting people and hearing all the stories at the Banquets, I saw this tangible expression of how the spirit of Generosity created an atmosphere of Mission!" 
-Danny Parmelee, Vice President of Church Planting

MI Banquet "I was frankly overwhelmed with what God is doing in our region. The testimonies, the people, the wonderful diversity and generosity were amazing. I couldn't help but be immensely...

How Natural Church Development Helped Our Church

As Church Health Month approaches this May, we are encouraging churches and church plants to establish a church health rhythm that will measure the quality of their ministry and evaluate the effectiveness of their missional activity. 

Pastor Gary Ricci of New Hope Community in Round Lake, IL shared with us his experience in using...

The Next Steps Principle

"Spiritual leadership involves moving God's people on to God's agenda"  Henry Blackaby

One key difference between a leader and a follower is that the leader knows what the next steps are along the journey. The "Next Steps" principle is one of those missional principles that transcends culture, geography and philosophy of ministry.  Every church needs to determine how they...

Why Prayer First!

Some years ago, I was speaking to a friend who had returned from a mission trip to South America. The purpose of the trip was evangelism and they followed a formula that had amazing results. The group would identify an area that they wanted to do door to door evangelism. They would first spend a day prayer walking the area they targeted for evangelism. The next day they would do the evangelism and they saw God move in miraculous ways.

One...

Vision Meetings Update

“After this meeting I am more encouraged than ever to be apart of Converge MidAmerica’s future.” – Michigan Pastor 

Building a shared vision among our 225 churches in and throughout seven states is an enormous task but is critical to the future of our network of churches.  So far we have had close to 40 churches represented with numerous staff and lay leaders attending in four locations.

Bryan Moak our...

Remembering Leslie Lew

Rev. Leslie K. Lew, age 57, went to be with his heavenly father, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at his home in Muskegon. He was born on May 6, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York to Ben-Zion David Lew and Esther (Chenkin) Lew.

Rev. Lew has served as Senior Pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church since 2007.  Pastor Lew was born into the home of Jewish believers in Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel. Pastor Lew’s parents were Holocaust survivors who, after...

Remembering Phyllis Palmer

Fashioned By God... ''Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you" Jeremiah 1:5

Phyllis Valerie Robinson was born on November 8, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri to Bernice and Charles Robinson, Sr. She was the oldest of five children. Both parents and one brother preceded her in death. Phyllis was educated in the St. Louis Public School System...

Remembering Donna Husmann

Rev. Andy Husmann the former Executive Minister of Converge Michigan lost his beloved wife Donna last week. 

Donna Mae Husmann of Norton Shores, Michigan, passed away at Harbor Hospice Poppen Residence on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. She was 84 years old. Donna was born on October 26, 1932, in the farm community of Wyndmere, North Dakota, the daughter of Bruce &...

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