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Church Strengthening

Celebrations
Converge MidAmerica Team

Going out into all the world!

When you think of the Bahamas, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Beautiful beaches? Crystal blue water? Relaxation? While most view the Bahamas a place for fun

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Celebrations
Gary Rohrmayer

Defining Moments…Examples to Follow

Twenty years ago this fall, Converge MidAmerica experienced a breakthrough moment in launching four church plants within five weeks of the attacks at the World Trade Center on 9-11. Up

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Celebrations
Converge MidAmerica Team

For God’s Glory!

Located in Sterling Heights Michigan, Hope Arabic Church was launched in November of 2014. The church began from just 27 people attending the first service to 247 people attending right

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Celebrations
Converge MidAmerica Team

God is changing lives in Mexico!

On a recent trip to Mexico, Jessy Padilla and Ernie Cabrera had the opportunity to experience how God has been at work through the local church in Los Luz and

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Celebrations
Converge MidAmerica Team

God never stops working!

On a recent trip to Haiti, the president of Converge, Gary Rohrmayer and the vice president of church partnerships, Ernie Cabrera, had the opportunity to experience for themselves what God

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Capital Campaigns
Converge MidAmerica Team

God’s Love at Mercy Road

This month we are focusing on the ministry of Mercy Road Church in Redford, MI. Established on 10/10/10 at 10 AM, Mercy Road had a unique beginning as a joint

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Church Strengthening
Danny Parmelee

Next Steps Orlando

This past week 27 pastors, church planters, and church leaders came together to learn about Next Steps for their church. Bryan Moak kicked things off with a high-energy training on

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Capital Campaigns
Converge MidAmerica Team

Tending the Orchard: A Capital Campaign Story

This month’s highlight is on The Orchard Church in McHenry, Illinois. Established in 1994, The Orchard’s vision has remained the same throughout the years it has existed: Making Fully Functional

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Church Strengthening
Converge MidAmerica Team

You say you want a reformation…

I am seven years into my first tenure as a senior pastor. The congregation I am blessed to serve in that capacity consists of roughly 300 souls near the urban

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Celebrations
Converge MidAmerica Team

The History of Converge & St. Croix

On December 3, 2020, Pastor Will Woods celebrated his 51st year as pastor at Altona Baptist Church on St. Croix. Last week, our Converge MidAmerica team caught up with Pastor

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Church Strengthening
Converge MidAmerica Team

Adapting Our Church in the Pandemic

Grace Bible Church has been a part of Converge long before I became the pastor as they were founded and led by the late Pastor Rod Walker. I became pastor

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Church Strengthening
Converge MidAmerica Team

Defining Our Next Steps

When our church celebrated our one-year anniversary, I realized that we were actually going to make it as a church.  We had all the things going that a healthy church

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Church Strengthening
Gary Rohrmayer

It’s Church Health Month

For several years now, we have been declaring May is Church Health Month! In Converge, we are sold out to church planting as well as very serious about church strengthening.

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Celebrations
Adam Groh

100 Years of Life Change

Believe it or not, Berkeley Community Church launched right of the last pandemic, the Spanish Flu. A women’s bible study in the Detroit area wanted to start a church in

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Church Planting
ACSTechnologies Ministry Impact Resources

Ways to Appreciate Your Pastor

Pastors are a gift from God. That’s why we love that the month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month. This year has been extra tough on them. I can only

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Church Planting
Bryan Moak

Maintaining Our Focus

Remember Dug, the talking dog from the movie “Up”? He had a device that allowed his master to hear and understand him. What we discover is that as much as

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Church Online
Bryan Moak

The Gospel Every Day

In this sermon, Bryan Moak shares about how to keep the fundamentals of the Gospel at the forefront of your life as found in John 12.  Below you can download

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Church Online
Bryan Moak

Forgetting What Is Behind

In this sermon, Bryan Moak shares how we can forget what is behind and live in the hope of Christ, as found in Philippians 3:4b-14. Below you can download the

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Church Online
Bryan Moak

Church Essentials

In this sermon, Bryan Moak shares about church essentials as found in Acts 2:42-47. Below you can download the video for use in your church service.  We hope this video

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Church Strengthening
Bryan Moak

Don’t Forget to Pray

As much as I would love to hit the reset button on 2020, that isn’t going to happen. So instead of focusing on what “isn’t” right with 2020, I have

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Church Online
Danny Parmelee

Relaunch Coaching Cohorts Reach 100+ Churches

Over 100 churches participated in our 4 -week Relaunch coaching cohorts.  Using Zoom, all participants gathered in a large group, focusing on insights of relaunching in light of COVID-19. The real power of the coaching

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Join us for a Prayer Gathering

https://vimeo.com/425333558 “Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

The Principle of Sowing and Reaping

In taking this evangelistic journey, we will take a close look at the Three Spheres of Outreach which include: 1) The leader and the people they connect with during the week, 2)

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Three Stages of Outreach

The next step is to help leaders understand the spheres of outreach that exists within their community. Today we are going to move from understanding to implementation. If we, as

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Raising Your Evangelist Temperature

If a leader is going to raise the evangelistic temperature of their church they will first need to understand the three spheres of outreach: Level 1: These are people who

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Do you need a wellness check?

We recognize that life and ministry are stressful and being compounded with the COVID-19 pandemic. To help with this reality, we compiled a listing of MAP Counselors throughout our region who

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Ten Biblical Principles for Healthy Relating

Overview Our mission is a relational mission.  Doing mission with others involves trust.  Building and maintain relational trust is critical for any church to succeed.  Gary Rohrmayer walks us through

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Steps to Licensing Guide

Overview Prior to granting a license, a church should establish policies regarding the licensing procedure. Get the Free Download

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Steps to Ordination Guide

Overview Because of the growing number of Converge MidAmerica churches, there is a need for a guide that will assist churches in evaluating potential candidates for ordination and a suggested procedure for

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Spiritual Warfare

This ebook provides fourteen devotionals built around the tactics the enemy uses to attack the church and provides the scriptural antidote to overcome them. Could your leadership team identify how the enemy is seeking to attack the church?

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Church Strengthening
Gary Rohrmayer

Ten Marks of a Coachable Leader

Overview This ebook is designed to be used in a leadership setting with your church board, church staff, ministry team or even in a small group setting.  Our prayer is that God

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Church Strengthening
Gary Rohrmayer

Nine Prayers for Missional Leaders

Overview Prayer is more about bringing our desires, passions, needs, concerns and circumstances into missional alignment, rather than for our own personal fulfillment. In this short book on prayer our

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Church Planting
Converge MidAmerica

This Week’s Zoom Links

We are offering 7 different breakout opportunities throughout the week. You can jump in on any of these Zoom calls for an opportunity to encourage each other, share ideas and

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Church Strengthening
Derek Sanford

Never Preach to an Empty Room

I never thought the day would come, that due to COVID-19 every pastor in America would be forced to do what I’ve been doing for the past 10 years. You

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Church Strengthening
Bryan Moak

3 Indicators of a Healthy Church

My bookshelves are filled with books on church health. Most claim to hold the key to seeing your church break the “code” for effective ministry. There is not one pastor

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Church Planting
Mary Rohrmayer

Minister’s Assistance Program

Fourteen years ago, our family decided to use the Ministers Assistance Program (MAP). Our daughter Kallie, who was a teenager at the time, was struggling emotionally with a tragic event

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Church Planting
Gary Rohrmayer

Creating a Culture of Generosity

If you are going to grow a church significantly one of the skills you are going to need is to learn how to create and shape the culture of your organization. So how does one build a culture of generosity?

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Church Planting
Danny Parmelee

All In Resolution

We believe that every healthy church should play a role in multiplication. Would you prayerfully consider how God can use your leadership to lead your church in this multiplication effort?

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Church Strengthening
Gary Rohrmayer

6 Tips for a Year-End Offering

December is the largest giving month for most churches and non-profit organizations.  Early in my ministry, I learned that most non-profits see 25% of their giving revenue come in during

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Church Strengthening
Robert J. Nash

Finding Rest in Busyness

EXHAUSTION I am a married pastor with six kids. Life is busy with vehicles breaking down, house projects never-ending, deadlines needing to be met, and to-do lists filling my time

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Church Strengthening
Converge MidAmerica Team

How To Conduct A Financial Audit

We get calls from churches from time to time asking if they should be doing a financial operations audit. The answer to that is YES. Why? Because you want to

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Church Strengthening
Gary Rohrmayer

Creating spiritual momentum in your church

“Momentum… it’s God’s work. Spiritual leaders can neither create a movement of God’s Spirit nor control it. But a leader should build an atmosphere charged with a desire for spiritual

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Church Strengthening
Gary Rohrmayer

Church health is a serious issue

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

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Church Strengthening
Laura Anderson

What Are Together Groups?

When we say we are better together, we really mean it! Last year, a group of churches in Michigan was looking for opportunities to connect with each other, but in

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Church Strengthening
Gary Rohrmayer

Three strategies of outreach

Last month we helped leaders understand the spheres of outreach that exists within their community. Today we are going to move from understanding to implementation. If we, as leaders, are

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Church Strengthening
Gary Rohrmayer

The First Church Bully-Diotrephes

There is a lot about bullying in the headlines these days! Bullying on school buses. Bullying on the internet. Bullying in the work place. But bullying in church? It is

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PURCHASE ENCOUNTER TODAY!

In Encounter: A 21- Day Fresh Encounter with the Holy Spirit, Gary Rohrmayer desires to help us work out in our minds and hearts what it means to have “fellowship with the Holy Spirit.”