Become a Church Planter

Hi there! I’m Danny Parmelee, Vice President of Church Planting for Converge MidAmerica. Are you considering church planting? Maybe you’re curious and seeking discernment or simply exploring lead pastor and senior pastor job opportunities. Potentially you have a clear call and specific vision to plant a church. Either way, we want to walk alongside you and help you take the next step as you plant the church God has called you to.

The task of planting a successful church is not easy. When you plant with Converge, you'll be able to implement proven systems that will help increase the long-term success and health of your church plant so more people will have the opportunity to place their faith in Jesus. You’ll also receive:

·       Practical training and resources to help you launch faster

·       Financial resources and church planting grants

·       $250 million loan fund for construction or building purchase

·       Tested strategies contextualized to your model and community

·       Personalized coaching and leadership development

·       Pastor retirement plan

More importantly, you'll be part of a family with other experienced church planters and mentors to support you, enthusiastic partners who want to see you succeed.

Why plant with Converge?

Converge MidAmerica is a movement of churches working to help people meet, know and follow Jesus. For over 165 years we’ve helped church planters like you bring life change to communities in the United States. We have a 92% success rate of planting healthy, life-giving churches.

We are relationally devoted. Christian maturity is relationally driven. And yet many pastors are lonely and feel ill-equipped to lead in their local church. Converge churches are not in competition, but committed to collaboration. We believe we are better together than we could ever be apart. One of the greatest strengths is our devotion to one another.

We are culturally diverse. Converge began as an immigrant movement that started churches in additional languages. Very few groups have our diversity. We see the diversity in our movement as a place of strength, positioning us to reach entire communities and people around the world.
When you plant with Converge, you become part of a movement of like-minded evangelical churches focused on the mission of Jesus.

 

Your pathway to planting

Converge MidAmerica provides a clear pathway for you to plant a new church.

Your first step
We want to walk alongside you throughout your church planting journey. Your first step is to connect with us by filling out the form on the left side of this page. We would love to hear what God has been stirring in your heart and answer any questions you have. 

Assessment
After some conversations and dialog together, you’ll have the opportunity to attend Converge’s highly trusted Church Planting Assessment Center. We believe assessing a church planter before they plant is one of the key factors to minimize the risk of planting a church. During the assessment, trained assessors will help you discern your calling, fit in ministry and capacity to be the lead pastor on a planting team.

Pre-Launch
Following assessment, we’ll outline partnership details. We’ll discuss your salary and explain what church planting grants you will receive. We’ll teach you how to raise funds, recruit your launch team and fill out the legal forms to establish your church as a 501c3 non-profit. We can even help with the creative aspects of your church plant such as naming, branding, logo development and getting your website up and running.

Launch
The support doesn’t end here. Now the real fun begins. When it’s time to launch we are standing with you to support you and your team. Throughout your journey you’ll continue to receive coaching, training, church planting resources and the opportunity to connect with other leaders in Converge.

If you’re considering planting a church in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana or Missouri, you’ve landed in the right place. To get started, please fill out the interest form above. We look forward to hearing from you!