Church Planting

Grand Opening Grace River Church

By Allison Hurtado

Chris Highfill wanted to plant a church in the city of St. Louis. His heart was set on it. Once he passed assessment in Chicago, he knew where he wanted to go. But one thing stood in the way: God's plan.

"I sat down with Gary Rohrmayer and Steve Mizel," Highfill said. "And they basically told me no, you should really consider planting in St. Charles County."

While Highfill may have 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...

Remembering a Pioneer

By Gary Rohrmayer

Remembering the work of those who have gone before us is not only important but it is essential to one’s spiritual formation and a churches spiritual maturity.

The author of Hebrews wrote, “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”  (Hebrews 13:7)

This is one of a series of practical exhortations towards spiritual maturity, we find in the final section of this epistle.  The author speaks here in a strong imperative voice to communicate the importance of this...

Climbing The Corporate Ladder Into Church Planting

By Allison Hurtado

Paul Robinson was sitting in a classroom at Kansas State University, listening to a presentation by a Target executive. He and his classmates were confused. As construction/architectural engineering majors, Robinson and his fellow students found it odd a retailer was their speaker. As it turns out, Target has its own in-house team of engineers, and the speaker was one of them. Robinson applied for...

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...

Celebrating Church Planting, Church Health and the Mission of Jesus

By: Gary Rohrmayer

"The Church is to Go, Grow, and Glow," with those words keynote speaker Dr. Michael Henderson brought the house down at the 18th Annual Celebration Banquet. In a packed ballroom of 570 people, we gathered as a region to celebrate everything God is doing through the ministry of Converge MidAmerica.

The Jubilee Baptist Church choir kicked off the event by leading us in a dynamic worship celebration of Jesus our King!

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