Church Planting Articles

How to Share a Compelling Vision

By Lee Stephenson

Creating vision and casting vision is one of the great privileges of being a pastor. It also proves to be one of the biggest challenges to leading a church. The challenge with vision is communicating it. Every leader longs to cast a compelling vision that motivates the masses. However, it is easier said than done. Here are a few pointers to help when it comes to communicating vision:


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...

Empowering New Leaders

By Tim Beavis

I took our worship director out to breakfast a couple   of weeks back on a Saturday morning.  The place that we went is still pretty new but is developing a good reputation, although I have to say it wasn’t enhanced by our experience on this particular day.  As we sat at our booth I found myself distracted by what was going on in the restaurant.  The reason why I was distracted was that I noticed that the guy...

How Can We Be Better Together?

By Gary Rohrmayer

Its been said that denominations and churches are like families, but in reality they are more like blended families.

Today blended families now make up more than half the families in America. It is very rare today for an extended family not to have some blended family members.

According to here are some of the characteristics of...

Four Things You can do to Keep Your Easter Crowd

By Gary Rohrmayer

Every church has a First Impressions Team. Those who welcome, greet and serve all who attend your public gatherings. But how many churches have a Second Touch Team; those who are responsible for following up and seeking to connect those new attenders into the life of the church.

Every pastor gets frustrated with the lack of retention from the Easter outreach. The development of a Second...

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...

Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ by J. Todd Billings

Book Review by John Ramer, Pastor of Gracepointe Church, Mundelein, Illinois

The first phone call came when my parents were visiting as Melissa and I were joyously celebrating our anniversary. My younger brother Steve’s soft-spoken voice, even softer than usual, saying: “John, I’ve been diagnosed with the rarest adult cancer, soft tissue sarcoma.” Joy suddenly fled like a startled bird as a huge cloud enveloped my...

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” (Matthew 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...

Church Buys Apartment Complex Clubhouse

By Allison Hurtado

Jessy Padilla, along with other Latino believers, planted Casa de Vida, McHenry, Illinois, in 2010. McHenry is a small town and is located 55 miles outside of Chicago. Orchard Church has rented their building to Casa de Vida for the Spanish-speaking services, up until a building opportunity appeared.

Shirley and Nepthali Mullings started helping at Casa de Vida in March 2011, and in...

A New Pastor's Report: Year One

By Ryan Huebner

Note: Over the past 3 years Converge MidAmerica has conducted a half dozen successful pastoral searches on behalf of our churches. Below is an interview with Ryan Huebner who we helped place at CrossPoint church in Ingleside Illinois 15 months ago. 

Ryan, tell us a little about your self.

My wife Julie and I have been married for 15 years and...


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