Church Planting

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!


Urban Church Planting

By Brenda Byers

Converge Michigan seeks to get better at planting churches in urban areas.  Recently over a dozen church pastors and leaders met with Bob Engel of World Impact to learn and discuss “best practices” in urban church planting.  Bob shared his experienced voice and heart for the poor.  He discussed World Impact’s strategy of doing incarnational ministry by living in the...

Hispanic Ministry Christmas Gathering

By Gary Rohrmayer

On December 1, 2012 our district had the first official Hispanic Ministry Gathering. We had a wonderful time of worship, prayer, fellowship, vision casting and (of course) food. We covered the new direction of our Hispanic Ministry and the things we feel God is calling us to accomplish in the coming year:

1. Church planting 

2. Being light in a world that is desperate for hope 
3. Quarterly trainings for leadership development during 2013 
4. The new yearly Women’s Conference
Carlos Herrera (Hispanic Ministry...


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