The Converge Great Lakes Refresh Conference and Annual Meeting
Converge Great Lakes is excited to announce this year’s annual meeting theme: Refresh. Due to CoVid concerns, for the first time ever, we will gather virtually. Join us for our business meeting and to hear from Daniel Henderson who will bring some clarity and focus to every pastor’s efforts to run the long race dependent upon God’s power serving from a place of fullness. In the afternoon we will host a variety of timely breakout sessions where you can choose the struggle you most need encouragement with and have the opportunity to interact around a theme. At the end of the day, our aim is that you have experienced the power of God and the truth of His word in relationship with other leaders such that you can say you were Refreshed.





October 16

10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. CST


Daniel Henderson

Author and Speaker

As a senior pastor for over two decades, Daniel Henderson brought prayer-based revitalization to numerous churches. Now, as the President of Strategic Renewal, Daniel is dedicating his full-time efforts to help congregations across the country and world experience renewal.  Daniel is sought after for his expertise in leading corporate prayer. He has authored numerous books on biblical leadership and prayer including, Old Paths, New Power and Transforming Prayer: How Everything Changes When You Seek God’s Face.


Oct 16

Session 1 // Prayer & Annual Meeting
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2 // Main Session
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Keynote: Daniel Henderson

Session 3 // Main Session & Workshops
2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Workshops // October 16

Addressing Race and the Cultural Tensions in the Local Church
Richard Brown
It is evident in God’s Word, there will be a diversity of God’s image-bearers from every culture, people group, through his creation and time, so with that said; What is our plan as His representatives on earth to push that agenda? What should we do, to make His will known on Earth as it is in Heaven? In this session we will look at three steps that will make it easy to address this question and give us a formula that will help us deal with the tension that the current social atmosphere has brought to the front door of the Church.’
How to Improve My Preaching in the Digital Age
Ken Nabi
With the pressure of COVID-19, every church had to rapidly move to an online format with little training and scant resources. The preaching focus during an online service remains pivotal and there are practical things you can do to help make your online preaching presence much more engaging and effective. Some require investment but most do not. This workshop discussion will focus on what helps and what distracts from the preaching of God's word during an online service.
When Work and Home Collide, Supporting the Spouse of the Pastor
Lisa Albrecht
During this workshop, we will explore the relational overlaps of a pastor’s spouse, the joys and the pitfalls of this unique position, and identity practical ways we can create an atmosphere of support. We will also discuss ways a pastor’s spouse can establish self care in ministry.
Practical Tools for Online Ministry (for Small Churches)
Wade Bishop
In this workshop we’ll explore practical ways to lever the digital space for digital discipleship. There will be resources provided that will inform, educate, encourage, and kick-start your church’s digital presence as we make disciples via technology.
Soul Care and Self Care for the COVID Marathon
Glenn Hershberger
Soul care for pastors and other leaders is essential, it’s easy for us who are in ministry to operate as “professionals” who rely on our abilities, personality and our own strength to perform our ministry well. Some times the Holy Spirit is an afterthought. We’ve been gifted by God. We’ve been trained. We’re experienced. We become good at what we do. We know how to preach, help people, or lead our organization. What we have neglected is leading ourself well. We need to address a healthy rhythm where we are taking care of the mind, body and soul. During this pandemic, more pastors are experiencing burnout, decision fatigue and exhaustion.
Managing Church Expansion, Investments, and Retirement in Challenging Times
Kirk Tate & Barb Ehlers
In challenging times, it can be overwhelming to think about the needed updates to your church building or even an impossible dream to try and purchase your first permanent church home. As a ministry partner of Converge and Cornerstone Fund’s financial resources, the Fund is uniquely positioned, to help Converge churches realize how they may be able to accomplish these goals and to help them strategize their next steps. We will also highlight savings investment opportunities for churches and the Retirement Plan that Converge offers their pastors.




October 16

10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. CST

General Admission
Price per person.
Please call 630.890.3981 if you need assistance registering.