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IGNITE 2012When…


When: March 13 through March 15, 2012

What: Church Planting Conference


Those who want to be a part of something big. You’ll be at the ground floor and join hands to ignite a new movement of church planting throughout Converge.

Those who want best practices from the best. You’ll have access to breakout sessions taught by some of the brightest and the best that Converge has to offer. You’ll receive real and practical ideas that work, not just theories.

If you want tested tools to move your church forward in 2012, this conference is for you.

Contact: Joy B. Rudolph

Email: joy.rudolph@convergeww.org

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Ignite 2012


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Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church with campuses in Anderson, Greenville, Columbia and Florence, South Carolina. At ten years old, the church averages over 10,000 people across all campuses.

Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives.

Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter, Charisse, live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com, and don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

Ignite 2010 will be a gathering of church planters, parent church pastors and church multiplication champions who will be issuing and responding to a call to start more churches in the next five years than we have in the last 20 years.   We are calling each of the 500 churches that were planted in the last 20 years to gather in Phoenix, AZ, March 24-26 for the IGNITE 2010 National Church Planting Conference and to declare their multiplication dream for the next five years.

Mark your calendars NOW and prepare your hearts to be inspired by Perry Noble and some of the best multiplication leaders in Converge Worldwide.   More details will becoming in December.

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According to research by Ed Stetzer’s group Lifeway, 70% of teenage church-going Protestants have stopped attending church by age 23.

Top 10 Reasons:

  1. They simply want a break from church (27%);
  2. They felt church members are judgmental and/or hypocritical (26%);
  3. They moved to college and didn’t find another church (25%);
  4. They have work responsibilities that keep them from attending (23%);
  5. They moved too far from church (22%);
  6. They just got too busy, even though they’d still like to attend (22%);
  7. They didn’t feel connected to the church in the first place (20%);
  8. They disagreed with the church’s political/social stance (18%);
  9. They decided to spend more time with friends (17%);
  10. They were just going to church to please their parents (17%).

Read the press release here.

Read the USA Today story here.

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Church planting in the Minnesota Baptist Conference is a part of ConvergeUSA, the church planting arm of our national movement, Converge Worldwide. Every year, ConvergeUSA asks its different districts across the United States to gather a few simple statistics to provide a snapshot of our church planting movement nationally.

After a number of emails to our planters that included a small amount of guilt along with a heavy dose of appreciation, here’s what was gathered from 22 or our 27 plants that launched publicly between 2000 and 2008. The information is for the 2008 calendar year.

Avg. Weekend Worship Attendance in 2008- 227
Avg. High Weekend Attendance in 2008- 310
Avg. Monthly Income in 2008- $5353
Avg. Baptisms in 2008- 12

If you do the math, you will see that these Minnesota Baptist Conference church plants gathered almost 5000 people in weekly public worship. They collected almost $118,000 a month to resource life-changing ministry across the state. (That’s more than $1.4 million for the year!) But most important, these young Minnesota Baptist Churches baptized 264 disciples in 2008. This doesn’t take into account for the churches for which I did not receive information from, or for the 10 plants that were planted in the latter half of the 90’s.

When comparing this information to the 2007 snapshot, average weekly attendance was up 11% in 2008 and the average monthly income was up 27%. The only decrease was in baptism, down 9%. However, from the reports I’ve heard from a number of our plants, it looks like 2009 is going to be a great year for baptisms!

I’m looking forward already to what 2009 will look like. In 08 we launched four churches. Already in 09 we’ve had three church launch and this fall should see another three or four launch. Plus, another three are coming together for a 2010 launch!

When the information is compiled from the other Converge districts, I’ll pass along the “big” snapshot!


Joel Nelson
Minnesota Baptist Conference Church Planting

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Stop Skimming

I just read a great article in Leadership Journal called Skimming by Pete Scazzero here is an excerpt:

Like skimming a book, this can produce the impression that everything is covered, but in reality, you aren’t completely there. How do you know you’re skimming?

  • When you go from meeting to meeting without awareness of God.
  • When you say “yes” to new commitments and expansions without properly following through on what you are already doing.
  • When it is Friday and you realize you have not had enough time to allow the truth of what you are preaching to transform your own walk with Christ.
  • When you avoid difficult decisions and truths because someone will be upset.
  • When you muddle your way through a meeting because you have not clearly determined your goals and agenda.
  • When you make a pastoral phone call or visit – resentfully.
  • When you cannot stop thinking about the unfinished work at church when you are with your family.
  • When you are too busy to reflect on your own heart or cultivate your own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • When you are not investing in your own personal growth and marriage.
  • When you measure your success based on what other people say rather than your own internal values before God.

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