Pastors & Wives Retreat is Back!

“This is the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time.” I wrote those words in my prayer journal during our first Converge MidAmerica Pastors & Wives Retreat back in October 2016. My husband Sean and I had just enjoyed lunch together, followed by a leisurely walk along the city beach in New Buffalo. I collected a little jar of pebbles, fossils, and sea glass, which I’ve kept on my desk ever since to remind me of what I have to look forward to at the next retreat. So I’m excited to...

Natural Church Development Pricing Announcement!

By Bryan Moak  |  Vice President of Church Strengthening

Now is a great time for you to take your church through Natural Church Development.  The Natural Church Development survey is a tool for assessing the health of the church in eight specific areas that have been shown through studies to have a strong correlation to church growth. While the focus of this survey is on church health,...

Why We Love Natural Church Development

The Natural Church Development survey was a great church health tool for our church.  It helped our church leaders celebrate our strengths and have culture changing conversations about our weaknesses. The world-class coaching provided by the Mid America office helped us continue to grow as a healthy, life-giving church.  The greatest thing about NCD is that it gives you both the opportunity to honestly evaluate the systems of your church and practical, realistic steps...

What Are the Marks of a Strong Church?

By Gary Rohrmayer | President & Executive Minister

We are serious about strengthening our churches!

Why? Because scripture mandates it.

The Apostle Paul in his letter (actually a field manual) to Titus, who was serving as a regional leader on the island of Crete, charged Titus with the task of strengthening the churches there. He writes, "The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left...

Congratulations to Weston Oxley!

Congratulations to Weston Oxley on his recent ordination. Weston was approved by the ordination counsel on February 24 and was officially ordained by his congregation on Sunday, March 11.

Weston Oxley is Pastor of Adult Ministries at Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg, IL.  He lives in Galesburg with his wife of 18 years, Amy, and their 5 boys.  Having transplanted from Southern California over 10 years ago, they have embraced the Midwest and all it has to offer for their...

When to Schedule A Capital Campaign

By Bryan Moak  |  Vice President of Church Strengthening

We are frequently asked: “When does our church need to start its capital campaign process?”

The answer is: “A lot earlier than you probably think.” Here’s why. There are two great times to do what is called the Public Phase of the campaign, the 4-6 weeks that commitments are made by your congregation. The first is late fall, right before the Advent season. The second is in the...

Creating A Culture Of Generosity Throughout Your Church

By Gary Rohrmayer | President & Executive Minister

If you are going to grow a church significantly, one of the skills you are going to need is learning how to create and shape the culture of your organization. When we speak about culture, we are referring to an organization’s “values, beliefs, and behaviors. In general, it is concerned with beliefs and values on the basis of which people interpret experiences and behave, individually and in groups.” (HT) Building and...

5 Steps To Increasing Spiritual Conversations In Your Church

By Gary Rohrmayer | President & Executive Minister

Ed Stetzer once said, “If you want your church to be evangelistic and you yourself are not evangelistic – you are on a fools errand.” 

If you are going to see the spiritual conversations in your church increase this year you must see them increase in your life as a leader.


Evangelism Tools For Easter!

By Gary Rohrmayer | President & Executive Minister

One of the joys I receive is hearing stories for pastors and leaders who are using the Spiritual Journey Guide in creative ways that i never thought of ... and are achieving great results.

Mark Bjorlo of ...

Capital campaigns can be an amazing blessings!

By Bryan Moak  |  Vice President of Church Strengthening
Capital Campaigns, the very thought makes some of us Cringe...
  • These things are pastor killers.
  • Our people HATE when we go after their money like this.
  • We have too much going on to get distracted by the intense work of a campaign.

I’m sure you can add your own thoughts to the list. What if I were to tell you that Capital campaigns can be an amazing blessing for...


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