Church starting & strengthening conference
The world isn’t what it was meant to be. Not even close. How can we look around and not feel brokenhearted? Frustrated? Wrecked? Maintaining the status quo isn’t working. We’re losing ground. It’s time to unleash a church movement that changes the world. It’s time to take ground. Together. At the Converge 2019 conference, we’ll help you unleash the gospel by giving you strategies and tools to strengthen your church and plant healthy, life-giving churches that will impact generations for eternity.

Jan Feb



Converge Headquarters

11002 Lake Hart Dr

Orlando, FL 32832


D.A. Horton

Pastor, author & speaker

Pastor of Reach Fellowship in Long Beach, CA. He has served as chief evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute, national coordinator of Urban Student Ministries at NAMB and the executive director at ReachLife Ministries.

Lee Stephenson

Pastor & executive director of church planting, Converge

Lee has served as the church planting executive director for Converge since the spring of 2015 and is the Lead pastor at Harvest Community Church in Orlando, Florida.

Donna Partow

Best-selling author & speaker

A gifted communicator, Donna has a passion for helping empower people to accomplish their life mission. Donna will be the keynote speaker for the women's group on January 30.


Jan 29

7 – 9 a.m.

Workshop Session 1
9 – 10:15 a.m.

Workshop Session 2
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Workshop Session 3
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Workshop Session 4
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

(provided by Converge)
5 – 7 p.m.

Main Session
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Jan 30

Peer-to-peer Groups
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Peer-to-peer Groups
1:30 – 4 p.m.

Free time &
dinner on your own

Pastors of African Descent and spouses are invited to a special lunch from 12–1:30 p.m. (lunch is provided) and a second session from 4–6 p.m.

Jan 31

Main Session
10 – 11:30 a.m.

12 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Feb 1

Networking &
All day based on

Workshops // January 29

The Plan: Everyone Mature in Christ
Gregg Heinsch (Session 1)
Rediscovering the foundation, strategies and goal of Biblical disciple making can move us from empty rhetoric to seeing actual disciples made and mobilized.
Who is Converge
Scott Ridout (Session 1)
Learn more about the history, mission and vision of Converge and why we exist.
Raising Up the Next Generation
Paul Johnson (Session 1)
Get practical guidance on how to create a culture that attracts young leaders and how you can develop young leaders by training and coaching them.
5 HR Things Your Church Should Be Doing (but, probably isn't)
Tiffany Henning (Session 2)
Learn about five things that have the potential to devastate your ministry. Get valuable information and resources that will set your team up for a healthy staff and church.
Building High Capacity Volunteers Leaders
Derek Sanford (Session 2)
Many people are willing to serve at a much higher capacity than they are currently. Discover the key principles and systems that allow a volunteer leadership culture to thrive.
Citywide Movements
Mullery Jean Pierre (Session 2)
Look at strategies to help your church become a catalyst for collaboration within your community, among the civic centers and corporations.

Peer-to-peer // January 30

Peer-to-peer groups are designed to connect pastors and church leaders facing similar challenges in ministry. Groups will meet throughout the day to discuss topics that matter to you, while building strong relationships that will help move your ministry forward.


Small church

125 – 250

251 – 500

501 – 800

801 – 2000


Prelaunch – 5 years



Pastors of African Descent



Less than 500

501 – 1500



Campus pastors

Women in ministry


Leading teams

Things to do

In addition to learning, you’ll have time to relax and enjoy some fun by attending one of these optional excursions. Don't wait to register, space is limited.

Deep Sea Fishing

Feb 1 // 10:30 a.m.
Half-day deep sea fishing in Cape Canaveral with Scott Ridout. Includes license, equipment, bait and lunch. Transportation not included.

High Tea & Shopping

Feb 1 // 10:30 a.m.
Join us for high tea at the Grand Floridian and shopping at Disney Springs. Ticket includes a tea luncheon, transportation and excursion to Disney Springs.

Hog Hunting

Feb 1 // 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join Lee Stephenson in the backwoods of Florida hunting for wild boar. Price includes license and equipment. Space is limited to the first 7 registered.

Drive Shack

Jan 31 // 6 p.m.
Drive Shack is a three-story indoor/outdoor driving range offering fun and competitive games for both golfers and non-golfers. Equipment and BBQ dinner buffet included.



Converge Headquarters

11002 Lake Hart Dr

Orlando, FL 32832

General Admission
Price per person.
PreConference Workshop
Leadership Conversations: Pipelines, Pathways, Culture and Constructs. Price per person.
Invite your spouse to attend with you and enjoy a discounted admission rate for your spouse.
Converge Missionaries
If you are a Converge missionary, contact the Converge office for your discount code.
Please call 630.890.3981 if you need assistance registering.