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5 Ways to Overcome the Summer Giving Slump

"God never estimates what we give from impulse. We are given credit for what we determine in our hearts to give; for the giving that is governed by a fixed determination." -Oswald Chambers

Helping our people experience the timeless truth of moving from impulse and haphazard giving to systematically and joyfully giving is a continuous process.  

We see this in Paul's writings, 

"Each one must give as he has decided...

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...

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 is...

Greater Things are Yet to Come

By: Norm Byers

Jesus once told His twelve disciples these words, "Greater things are yet to come" (John 14:12). This bold prediction came after numerous miraculous healings, feedings, and amazing teaching events. Can you imagine it, "We have been a part of some incredible experiences and adventures, but more is possible. Greater impact is still to come!"

We have thought about this recently at Genesis Church: three church plants, dozens of adult baptisms, leaders raised and sent out. Some neat impact, but "Greater things are yet to come."

Through Converge, God has...

Church Planters Learn & Serve in Chicago

By Katie Nelson, Church Planting Administrator, Converge MidAmerica

Brian & Mark Twice each year, in partnership with Converge Worldwide, Converge MidAmerica hosts a church planting training event called The FirstSteps Experience. We host these events in Chicago in the spring and Indianapolis in the fall. This spring’s session brought new church planters from Missouri, Illinois, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Michigan to MissioDei Church...

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For millions of Americans, small towns are places to live, work, make friends, raise their families, and die. It's a place of tradition, relatives and friends. Most small communities are typically secure, progressive, wonderful, authentic, vibrant, healthy... and needy. They represent a huge mission field that is ripe for a relevant gospel...

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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...

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...

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