We believe that every neighborhood needs a vibrant, Jesus-centered church. Yet no one church or Christian can do this alone. It takes all of us, cooperating together, to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our broken world.
Converge MidAtlantic is a culturally diverse movement of gospel-centered churches from New York to South Carolina. Our mission is to help meet, know, and follow Jesus. We do this by starting and strengthening churches together in our region and worldwide.
A great way to transform lives and neighborhoods is by starting new churches. The need has never been more urgent! Researchers estimate that around 100,000 churches may close in the next few years with a post-pandemic closure rate of 20 to 30 percent. There is a lot of work to be done so that every neighborhood can have a vibrant, healthy church. Converge MidAtlantic has the systems and tools to launch life-changing churches.
OUR IMPACT IN 2021
- Five launched churches
- Hosted Church Planting Assessment
- +6 Graduates from Assessment
- $99,098 Gifted to New Churches
- On Pace to Plant 30 Churches by 2025
Transformational churches are led by healthy leaders, so one of the best ways to build stronger churches is by investing in the well-being of pastors. Churches felt the impact of the pandemic in 2021, and pastors were pushed to exhaustion by the pressures of crisis leadership. Converge MidAtlantic created spaces online and in-person for leaders to deepen relationships, share ideas, and remain encouraged.
GOLF OUTING // In partnership with Compassion International, we hosted a golf getaway for pastors in Ocean City, Maryland. More than 40 pastors participated, and 14 were from Converge MidAtlantic
OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND // Over 15 pastors and spouses enjoyed a much-needed getaway at the beach and other activities that Ocean City offers. They also gathered for a wonderful dinner with the Converge MidAtlantic team, reconnecting and getting to know each other better.
COMPASS// Seven pastors and spouses participated in Compass in Lancaster, PA. Compass is a guided self-reflection experience for ministry couples to pause, pray, and create a growth plan for their future.
LEAD Teams // LEAD Team meetings were well attended in the latter months of 2021. Pastors seemed eager to get together and resume fellowship. Some groups gathered in-person, and others met on ZOOM.
UNITED 2021 // The 2021 UNITED Conference was a success in many ways. We had more than 300 participants, and more than 225 people gathered in-person at eight simulcast locations throughout the region. The presenters spoke on self-care, evangelism & leadership development.
Christ-following churches will seek to transform neighborhoods with God's love both locally and globally. Converge MidAtlantic is committed to reaching people of all colors, cultures, and classes and making His name known throughout the world. Our churches are training and sending the next generation of pastors and global workers.
Converge MidAtlantic Churches engaged in:
- Strategic coaching that helped move churches into high-impact cross-cultural engagement
- International Initiatives where churches can make an impact
- An assessment center to identify qualified global workers
- Missionary training and support
- Church planting in the least-reached and most remote areas of the world
- Networks of churches working together to reach the same areas of the world
- Vision trips for church leaders to see God's work around the world
- Compassion International Child Sponsorship to release children from poverty in Jesus' name
Converge MidAtlantic is a culturally diverse movement of gospel-centered churches. Since our founding in 1903, the movement sought to welcome churches and start ministries among people from many different cultural backgrounds. We affirm the beautiful diversity of all God's people, and we desire to live out the oneness of the church as envisioned by Jesus in the Bible. Converge MidAtlantic is committed to celebrating and deepening the cultural diversity of our churches.
Converge MidAtlantic Church Members
DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCIL
Converge MidAtlantic is working alongside the National Office of Biblical Diversity to assemble a district leadership team and advance efforts to promote multicultural unity, reconciliation, and cooperation among our churches. Pastor Jim Eaton and Pastor Phu Pham serve on the Diversity Advisory Council for Converge National. The Converge MidAtlantic Board of Overseers affirmed a Racial Unity Statement this year to reflect our historic value for cultural diversity.
Camp Burton is a Christ-centered environment located in Burton, Ohio, that has been serving youth and adults for over 50 years. They host groups throughout the year on their 129-acre facility. Camp Burton encourages individual growth through developing life-changing relationships and fun! Camp is a great way to reach youth develop leaders for the future. Visit campburton.org to learn more and give directly to camp.
"We had 12 decisions for Christ this summer! I know God sowed seeds in everyone by using the staff to share His truth of hope and grace in Christ with all the kids."
Dave Scull, Camp Director
We have witnessed the tremendous efforts of Converge MidAtlantic churches to meet the needs of neighborhoods during this difficult year. Churches are mobilizing Christians to care for people, distributing food, supporting essential workers, comforting families in mourning, cleaning up streets, conducting prayer vigils, hosting learning centers for students, and more. Local churches are on the front lines in caring for people during times of crisis.
You are making a life-changing impact through your gifts to Converge MidAtlantic. Our mission is to come alongside local churches to strengthen them and help them make a difference in our neighborhoods. Together we encourage pastors and train leaders to start new ministries. With your support, churches are making a great impact in the lives of people more than ever.
Your partnership makes this important work possible. Generosity is part of the perfect character of God. We deeply appreciate your generous support so that we might honor God together.
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