Indiana - Darryn Scheske

Darryn ScheskeDarryn Scheske started Heartland Church in his living room in Fishers, a rapidly growing suburb of Indianapolis in 2001. A third generation missional pastor, he inherited his love for people in the islands where he was raised. Today, Heartland Church is reaching thousands of people in two locations, and has helped launch five other churches in Indiana. He is a passionate advocate for people to live exceptional lives of compassionate engagement and joyful generosity. Darryn has travelled the world extensively leading efforts to provide transformation in developing countries. Darryn also serves on Board of Overseers for Converge Worldwide and as the Director for Church Planting for Converge MidAmerica. Darryn completed his Masters Degree in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Darryn and his wife, Loree, have three children and live in Fishers, Indiana.

Regional Vision:

Ten years ago my family and I moved to Indianapolis without knowing anyone in the state, with a dream to start Heartland Church. I didn't know how it was going to happen but we stepped out in audacious faith. Through a number of ups and downs, and by God's incredible grace, we were able to plant a church that is now reaching thousands of people in two locations. We’ve been privileged to baptize more than 1,200 people!

During this same time, through our partnership with Converge MidAmerica, we have launched four other self-sustaining churches in Indiana by sending out leaders, resourcing, coaching, and training.

  • Indy Metro Church, Downtown Indianapolis, Pastor Aaron Story (Planted 2006)
  • Journey Church, Franklin, Indiana, Pastor Jim Clayton (Planted 2008)
  • City of God Church, Perdue University, Pastor Eric Roseberry (Planted 2009)
  • Waterline Church*, Noblesville, IN ,Pastor John Freed (Planted 2011, avg attendance: 225+)

*Waterline Church, was a Wesleyan Church initiative. Heartland supported the church planter through an internship, coaching, a financial grant, plus a worship leader, musicians, and approximately 50 people to join the launch team from Heartland.

Our vision is to start 4 more Heartland campuses and help launch 10 more church plants in Indiana during the next 5 years. A few areas we are specifically mobilizing plants:

  • The River Church Initiative, Lapel, IN, Church Planter Tyson Priest, (currently 100+ in a launch team)
  • Butler University Initiative, Indianapolis, IN, Church Planter Jawaan Wilson (currently 50+ in pre-launch groups)
  • Indiana University Initiative, Bloomington, IN, Church Planter Chris Jones (currently 50+ in pre-launch groups)
  • Westfield Initiative, Noblesville, IN, Church Planter TBD (currently 25 in pre-launch group)
  • NE Indy Initiative, Lawrence, IN, Church Planter TBD
  • Greenwood Initiative, Greenwood IN, Church Planter TBD

...And many other locations in Indianapolis and Indiana. We are praying for God to raise up men to plant churches in Ft. Wayne, South Bend, Columbus, Zionsville, Plaifield & Beechgrove. 

You’ve heard the stories…Church planting can be a discouraging, hard and lonely road. But it doesn’t have to be. No church planter should plant a church alone. Converge provides the most thorough and longest running assessment center in the nation that will help you identify your particular fit. As a Converge church planter, you’ll receive training, coaching, and financial resources. You will be deeply connected to a brotherhood of men who are on the journey with you. We’ll help you be resilient and not cave under pressure. We will believe in you, motivate you, and care for you and your family. We’ll help you accomplish the dream God has put into your heart.

I personally invite you to join us, check us out at one of our many training events or conferences, or write to me personally.

About Indianapolis
Indianapolis is the 8th fastest growing city in the United States (source: Forbes) predominantly because of economic growth and low cost of living. Indianapolis is actually growing 50% faster than the national average.

  • The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index has ranked Indianapolis as the most affordable major U.S. housing market every quarter since 2005.
  • In 2009,, ranked our city as the most affordable for recent college graduates.
  • ranked Indianapolis as the number 2 most affordable city to buy a house in 2011.

The fastest-growing (highest demand) large metropolitan areas in the nation--Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston--have all retained median multiples of below 3.0. Indianapolis is the most affordable metropolitan area of more than 1,000,000 in the English-speaking world, with a median multiple of 2.3. Housing is so affordable in Indianapolis that moving from San Diego will save the median-income household $1.1 million over a 30-year mortgage on the median-priced home.

Indianapolis is at the heart of a higher education corridor that links three major centers of learning: Indiana University, Purdue University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). It is also home to Butler University, University of Indianapolis, Marian College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Martin College and Ivy Tech Community College.

Indianapolis is the ideal place to raise a family. It is the number one sports city in the nation and home to the 2012 Superbowl. It is the racing capital of the world, home to both the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. Indianapolis is the home of Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball tournaments. Indianapolis has a wide variety of festivals, museums and galleries which appeal to art lovers, car enthusiasts, sports fans, history buffs and people interested in science and technology.

Follow Darryn on Twitter: @DarrynScheske & @HeartlandIndy

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