Cultivate Conference

Church and Culture

2019 Annual Meeting and Conference
The Cultivate Conference is Converge Heartland's annual gathering and business meeting.




Central Church, Hearth Room Entrance

3102 W Ralph Rogers Road

Sioux Falls, SD 57108


Thursday Morning
Sep 12


8:00 – 9:00 AM


Converge Heartland Annual Business Meeting

9:00 – 11:00 AM


Converge Heartland Luncheon

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Thursday Afternoon
Sep 12

Registration (continued)

12:30 – 1:00 PM


Main Session 1

Steve Krier: Exegeting Our Culture

1:00 – 2:30 PM

Workshop Session 1

  2:45 – 3:55 PM


Main Session 2

J. Mark Bertrand: Biblical Worldview

4:10 – 5:00 PM

Thursday Evening
Sep 12


Adam’s Thermal Foundation: Ethiopia Initiative Update

5:30 – 6:45 PM

Main Session 3

Scott Ridout: Evangelism in a Post Christian Era

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Sep 13

Coffee, Donuts, Networking

8:00 – 9:00 AM


Corporate Worship

9:00 – 9:20 AM


Workshop Session 2 

9:30 – 10:40 AM


Main Session 4

Lee Stephenson: Church Multiplication

10:50 AM – 12:00 PM


Keynote Speakers

Scott Ridout

President, Converge

Before becoming President of Converge, Scott was lead pastor of Sun Valley Community Church in Arizona. He also served six years as a Converge overseer, co-led the Vision Arizona church planting team and led Converge Generosity. President Ridout is also a church leadership mentor and coach.

Lee Stephenson

Executive Director of Church Planting, Converge

Lee Stephenson currently serves as the Executive Director of Church Planting for Converge and is the lead/founding pastor of Harvest Community Church in Orlando, Florida. Prior to moving to Orlando, Lee and his wife, Melissa, planted a flourishing church in Mesa, AZ. Lee has a heart to see the local church stay on mission and flourish. He is the co-author of First Steps to Planting a Missional Church and is a go to ministry coach. Lee and Melissa have three children: Aaron, Noel, and Joshua.

Steve Krier

Lead Pastor, Ignite Church

Steve Krier is the Church Planter and Lead Pastor of Ignite Church in Moorhead, MN. Ignite's mission is to help people encounter God and then go out to impact the world around them. Steve is passionate about reaching lost people and encouraging them to be obedient to Christ in all areas of their life. Steve also has the honor of being the husband of Natalie and father of two kids, Seth (14) and Hadassah (12).

J. Mark Bertrand

Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church

J. Mark Bertrand is the author of Rethinking Worldview (Crossway, 2007), and has taught on the faculty of Worldview Academy since 2002. In addition, he has written a series of crime novels, and is the writer behind Bible Design Blog, an influential blog devoted to Bible design and publishing. Mark is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls. 

Workshops // Sessions on Thursday at 2:45 PM and Friday at 9:30 AM

Starting & Strengthening in the Heartland (Thursday only)
Lee Stephenson and Steve Krier
Recruitment and development of people in your church and region for pastoral and church planting ministry
Children's Ministries (Thursday only)
Angela Myers, Faith Baptist Fellowship
Developing volunteers for children's ministries
Partnering with Parents for Youth Ministry (Friday only)
Adam Ansel, Calvary Baptist Church
Engaging parents in the spiritual formation of their children
Church Safety Matters (Thursday & Friday)
Dan Schultz & Cody Siegler, Church Mutual Insurance
Safety policies and procedures necessary for churches
Assimilation Ministry (Thursday & Friday)
Shirlene Wheeler, Central Church
From A-Z, helping visitors connect to the life of your church



Central Church, Hearth Room Entrance

3102 W Ralph Rogers Road

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

All-inclusive: lunch and dinner, workshops and keynote sessions
All-inclusive: lunch and dinner, workshops and keynote sessions
Annual Meeting and Lunch
Thursday morning meeting plus lunch only
Evening Dinner
Thursday evening dinner and keynote only
Please call 833.285.8488 ext 2 if you need assistance registering.