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Converge Worldwide's Response to Growing Racial Tension in Our Nation

By Scott Rideout, President, Converge Worldwide

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, in recent weeks have captured worldwide attention. Opinions of what happened in Ferguson, and the grand jury’s decision, are as diverse as out movement. According to a recent CNN poll, Americans are divided, interpreting the events very differently depending largely on their ethnicity. The resulting protests and general unrest has been...

Planting at 60

by Jeff Dryden
Converge Community Church
New Buffalo, MI

Can a church that is 60 years old start a new site?

That’s what we wondered about Sawyer Highlands Church. Who recommends that 60-year-olds give birth? Only the Lord God. Sarah was long past the child birthing years. She thought her husband (and maybe God too) was a little crazy. But when the Lord...

3 Reasons for Not Giving Up on Easter Outreach

By: Gary Rohrmayer

I have been concerned lately that pastors and church leaders are putting very little evangelistic energy into their Easter Services. Here are a few reasons we are hearing:

  • “All our key people go on vacation at that time.”
  • “We don't want to be an attractional church.”
  • “We are have staffing issues and can’t handle a big workload right now.”
  • “We have not had fruitful Easter Outreaches in the past.”

While all of those things may be true, I believe there are important reasons to consider leveraging Easter as an...

10 Steps to Ignite a Powerful Prayer Ministry

By Dick Loizeaux

1. Rekindle your prayer passion.
Seek fresh input by reading books, like Fresh Encounters by Daniel Henderson; The Prayer Saturated Church by Cheryl Sacks; Partners in Prayer by John Maxwell; The Radical Prayer by Derek J. Morris; Intercessor by Norman Grubb; Forever Ruined for the Ordinary by Joy...

Why Every Pastor Needs a Sabbatical

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  In Matthew chapter 11 we are given this amazing promise. When we are feeling way over our heads, we can turn to God for rest. But sometimes it’s our pastors that need rest. As we take this month out to look at Rest, Renewal, and Reflection, we talked to one of our church planters about his recent sabbatical. Noah Filipiak is the pastor of Crossroads Church in Lansing, MI and recently just ended a...

Don't Overlook the "One Thing"

By Dick Loizeaux

It’s the time of year we pastors think strategically. Maybe you preach a stewardship series to create generosity, you plan a sermon series calendar to create spiritual growth, or you preach a Vision series to create momentum. Maybe you are already planning your Easter outreach. All good stuff. But if we aren’t careful, we can overlook the one thing that may be the deciding...

5 Ways to Overcome the Summer Giving Slump

"God never estimates what we give from impulse. We are given credit for what we determine in our hearts to give; for the giving that is governed by a fixed determination." -Oswald Chambers

Helping our people experience the timeless truth of moving from impulse and haphazard giving to systematically and joyfully giving is a continuous process.  

We see this in Paul's writings, 

"Each one must give as he has decided...

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