From a Hot Dog Stand to a Car Dealership to a Church

By Allison Hurtado

The town of New Buffalo, Michigan, grows from 2000 people year-round to 11,000 during the summer months. For the past 27 years pastor Jeff Dryden has led Sawyer Highlands Church, in another small town just 10 miles away. He saw an opportunity to start an outdoor service in New Buffalo during the summer to reach vacationers from nearby Chicago and Indianapolis. The unique dynamics of the town and...

The Missing Ingredient of Leadership Development

By Gary Rohrmayer

Jesus did not tell us to “go make leaders,” but he did tell us to “go make disciples” (Matt. 28:19-20). If your church does not have a strong spiritual formation plan, it will have a weak leadership development plan. Not every disciple will be a leader, but every leader must be a growing disciple reproducing the life of Christ in others.

Leaders who are not growing disciples are simply task managers...

Ignite: Latino Lay Leadership

By Gary Rohrmayer

Dear Pastor,

We would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, August 15, 2013 to hear about a program called Ignite Spiritual Leadership Development.  Ignite is a program designed to train and develop married Christian couples currently attending and leading in Converge MidAmerica churches who share the vision of reaching out to the unchurched Latino population.  Although the Latino population is the fastest growing population in the United States, it is the least represented in the church today. 

Ignite aims to equip and empower couples in our...

6 Characteristics of Nepal's Leaders

By Ivan Veldhuizen

I was reminded of the irreplaceable value of leadership on my recent visit to Nepal. In the past 18 months Converge has been a part of helping to start 856 churches in this country. The really good news is that this pace will accelerate because of the commitment to implement strategies of effective multiplication. Key to this is how they carry out their day-to-day leadership roles in this...


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