beyond-belief

Stories

Married to our mission

As COVID-19 forces Converge churches — and Point magazine — to change methods, they are staying true to their mission.

May 2020 // Read >


Unexpected blessings

An ER nurse thought God was going to use her to care for the sick. Then she contracted the virus herself.

May 2020 // Read >


Six gauges for your soul in a time of crisis

Pay attention to the gauges on your soul’s dashboard.

May 2020 // Read >


COVID-19: A season for our growth and his glory

The whole world has had to suddenly alter its course. But God is showing his power to use crisis and the resilience of his people to adjust and trust him.

May 2020 // Read >


The greatest opportunity

Converge churches find ways to meet needs during the COVID-19 crisis.

May 2020 // Read >


Let your chill be evident

How you can find peace in times of fear.

May 2020 // Read >


Don’t waste a crisis

Now’s the time to ask the right questions about your church’s future.

May 2020 // Read >


Life interrupted — how is God shaping you?

A lesson from the past helps a missionary move forward during this global pandemic.

May 2020 // Read >


God + gamers

A Wisconsin church plant’s video game ministry is transforming the lives of middle and high school boys.

January 2020 // Read >


Winds of the Holy Spirit

Through the Holy Spirit, Converge churches have a kingdom influence in hurricane-ravaged Bahamas.

January 2020 // Read >


Uber evangelism

Christians aren’t the only people evangelizing. But the others lack one thing.

January 2020 // Read >


Two tales of one amazing love

Through an Illinois church plant and its visionary pastor, a family reeling from tragedy finds Christ.

January 2020 // Read >


A place to belong

How a Converge church is helping neighbors meet Jesus through missional communities.

January 2020 // Read >


The new Point A

It used to be nonbelievers just didn’t make Christ a priority. Now, many see Christianity as unhealthy. How do we reach them with the gospel?

January 2020 // Read >


Start one

What’s the most effective way to reach people for Jesus?

January 2020 // Read >


Come and dine: A call to eat God’s word

Have you been eating the word of God lately? Have you received it with joy, digested it, taken it to heard and applied it to your life?

January 2020 // Read >


What if I offend them?

Why — and how — you can push past your fears and live for Jesus’ mission.

January 2020 // Read >


Giving life to a dead man

Using a man once thought dead, God is bringing life to a community.

September 2019 // Read >


From atheist to church planter

Charlie Salamone was a passionate and outspoken critic of Christianity. Now, he wants to plant 100 churches in 10 years.

September 2019 // Read >


Leading with the next generation

How you can invest in the next generation of leaders.

September 2019 // Read >


Helping teens experience the gospel

Converge church is reaching teens with the good news through LifeGroups.

September 2019 // Read >


“I had never heard any of this.”

Converge missionaries share Jesus with Muslims through children’s summer camp.

September 2019 // Read >


Building a missions culture

All-American church emphasizes cross-cultural missions.

September 2019 // Read >


Nobody left behind

The task of reaching the least-reached peoples of the world belongs to every local church — and every believer.

September 2019 // Read >


Our bold request

God works in mighty ways — around the world and in our neighborhoods.

September 2019 // Read >


Does kindness matter?

A group of Arizona churches are making it hard to get to hell from Yuma.

September 2019 // Read >


Missionaries making an impact

Converge global workers reaching the unreached, helping accomplish goals of regional initiatives.

September 2019 // Read >


The art of neighboring

Four steps you can take to be more proactive in showing love to your neighbors.

May 2019 // Read >


Living and loving like Jesus

When California was stunned last fall by tragedy after tragedy, Converge churches showed Christ’s love.

May 2019 // Read >


The tenacity of hope

Circumstances have changed for one Converge staff member – but God hasn’t.

May 2019 // Read >


Sound barrier

God is calling us to reach an overlooked unreached people group – the Deaf community.

May 2019 // Read >


Destroying the status quo

African-American, Anglo churches consolidate to be an example of the gospel.

May 2019 // Read >


Just be there

Your presence speaks volumes to someone in need.

May 2019 // Read >


Cultivating an evangelistic lifestyle

How peer connection and sense of threat determine your evangelistic effectiveness.

May 2019 // Read >


Setting the table for friendship evangelism

Relational walls crumble with persistence, honor and respect.

May 2019 // Read >


Entrusted, empowered, engaged, enduring

Four essential qualities as we start and strengthen churches together worldwide.

May 2019 // Read >


Growing in prayer, presence, permission & personal conviction

Practical steps to making a greater gospel impact in your relationships.

January 2019 // Read >


When to have 'the talk'

How do you know when it’s the right time to invite someone to follow Jesus?

January 2019 // Read >


Unity through diversity

Converge continues its emphasis on biblical diversity with the addition of Dr. Harold Lewis as vice president.

January 2019 // Read >


Planting seeds that grow

How individuals and churches can begin a gospel conversation.

January 2019 // Read >


I love the local church

Adding a new church has focused our conversations from our preferences to God's priorities.

January 2019 // Read >


An act of God

A cop on both sides of the law, addicted to drugs and suffering from PTSD, gets clean in more ways than one.

January 2019 // Read >


Beyond your doorstep

Are we willing to be inconvenienced by the sufferings of the neediest among us and spend time engaging and loving lost people in our own community? Or will we continue to pretend not to notice the pain, suffering and trauma taking place in our city?

January 2019 // Read >


Big weekends count

Don’t waste the opportunity to introduce more people to Jesus.

January 2019 // Read >


Blessing from behind bars

Inmates don’t let their circumstances deny them the joy of generosity.

January 2019 // Read >


Dangerous prayers

When you need to experience God’s light in your soul, his power in your ministry and his leading for your future, it’s time to start praying dangerously.

January 2019 // Read >


Knowing God’s heart

The closer we get to Jesus, the more passion we will have for his passion to seek and save the lost.

January 2019 // Read >


No time to waste

Do you love Jesus so much that you can’t wait to tell others about him?

September 2018 // Read >


The good news about evangelism

Sharing Jesus without fear, guilt or weirdness

September 2018 // Read >


Hunting season

How inviting nonbelievers to church can become a priority for your people

September 2018 // Read >


Keeping new believers from falling through the cracks

Next steps for churches as they engage new Christians

September 2018 // Read >


From idol worship to gospel movement

Converge missionaries are reaching the unreached in Voodoo’s birthplace

September 2018 // Read >


Opening the door

Washington church sees hundreds respond publicly and immediately to its gospel invitations

September 2018 // Read >


Let's get personal

Regardless of the response, we are privileged to share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results to God.

September 2018 // Read >


How Converge is reaching West Africa

The 6º Initiative is leading a church planting movement and reaching the next generation of leaders in Togo and Benin.

September 2018 // Read >


Who are the people in your circles of influence

How do we invite people in our inner circle, our outer circle or those who aren’t in either of our circles to church?

September 2018 // Read >


“I gained hope and faith”

About to give up on her own life, a woman instead gained a new life in Christ when her future husband shared the gospel with her. The experience transformed them both.

September 2018 // Read >


Illinois family receives spiritual, emotional healing

Adam shared the love of Christ with his future wife Megan; then her father and stepmom also accepted Jesus as their Savior

September 2018 // Read >


How God transformed the lives of two men from India

Suresh Gaikwad and Ram Tangirala find grace and peace at church in Chicago suburb

September 2018 // Read >


Join us! The power of an invitation

An invitation to church transformed an entire family.

September 2018 // Read >


Sharing your faith in three easy steps

Sharing your faith with others doesn't have to be difficult. Try this easy three-step method to become more comfortable sharing your story.

May 2018 // Read >


Still walking with God

A Canyon State Academy student is overcoming spiritual challenges – with help from his sponsors from a local church.

May 2018 // Read >


Go and make a friend

Are we more intimidated by cross-cultural evangelism than we should be? How you can share your faith with someone from a different culture.

May 2018 // Read >


Creating a culture of evangelism

Eight things leaders must do to create a culture of evangelism in their church.

May 2018 // Read >


Each One Reach One

One of my greatest desires and most consistent prayers in this season of my life is that God will grace every person in every Converge church with the privilege of leading someone to Christ.

May 2018 // Read >


The roar of a family

Canyon State Academy football games used to be played in near silence – until members of a local church built life-changing relationships with the players.

May 2018 // Read >


The evangelism mandate

It is in the Christian’s DNA to share Jesus with others. Christianity without evangelism is not Christianity.

May 2018 // Read >


Crossing the water

This rural church is serving as a bridge to Jesus by serving its community

May 2018 // Read >


Reach One: I knew I was a failure

Thai teenager Shane's life was a wreck, and he knew it. Then an unexpected door opened before him.

Fall 2017 // Read >


You never know your impact

God rewired us to survive and thrive, and the payoff was joy in serving with a purpose.

Fall 2017 // Read >


Are you a missionary-in-the-making?

In your church 2 to 4 percent have the spiritual gift-mix and godly call to be missionaries. Can you spot them? Are you one of them?

Fall 2017 // Read >


Lord, send me

Chaplain Capt. Tamara Rue has "a heart for God first, then a heart for people and a heart for airmen."

Fall 2017 // Read >


Short-term missions are not enough

But a short-term missions component in a long-term missions strategy can be very positive, depending on how well it’s coordinated with the vocational missionary.

Fall 2017 // Read >


Hear, near and far

Which comes first — your local community, cross-cultural ministry or the world's unreached people groups? The answer may surprise you.

Fall 2017 // Read >


Why the future belongs to churches that send

How does Jesus continue the work of salvation that commenced with his death and resurrection? Through churches like yours.

Fall 2017 // Read >


The trend not to send

In the American church these days the focus on numerical growth has outpaced the commitment to spiritual health.

Fall 2017 // Read >


To send or not to send?

The missionary moment that changed everything for this pastor and his church.

Fall 2017 // Read >


Got you covered

A parable in Luke suggests four ways a seasoned pastor can provide a 'covering' for other pastors who place themselves under his guidance.

Summer 2017 // Read >


What's your game plan?

Every pastor needs a game plan to last in ministry and avoid the pattern of 'fail out, burn out or walk out.'

Summer 2017 // Read >


Stuck!

If you've hit an invisible ceiling, it may be time for a checkup.

Summer 2017 // Read >


Your superpower can transform any relationship

You have the power to transform your relationships into those that are positive and bring joy into your life.

Summer 2017 // Read >


Your church can multiply

Grace Fellowship Church is an example of the power of God-inspired multiplication.

Spring 2017 // Read >


Congratulations, Converge Retirement Plan

Converge Retirement Plan celebrates 50 years of faithful service to pastors, missionaries, district and national staff.

Summer 2017 // Read >


Moving coaching from concept to concrete

One of Converge's 10-year vision goals is that every pastor have a coach and be a coach. But where will we find all these coaches?

Summer 2017 // Read >


Strengthening your core

The core of our ministry is leaders strengthened in their walk with Christ and sold out to proclaiming and living out gospel truths.

Summer 2017 // Read >


No matter what!

I am encouraged that we have a God who is actively working in the midst of the world’s darkness.

Spring 2017 // Read >


Why I need Jesus — and you need to tell others about him

There is power in invitation. If you know someone who needs Jesus, keep asking them, keep inviting them. They might just say yes and see their whole life changed forever.

Spring 2017 // Read >


The joy and cost of sending your best

Pastors Nate Hettinga and Aaron Day risked sending members, leaders and funds from their congregations to multiply churches. They tell us the joys — and cost — of the process.

Spring 2017 // Read >


Victory Sports

Who would launch a youth sports franchise in order to plant a church?

Spring 2017 // Read >


Choose Jesus. Choose life.

Leave your sins on the cross. Leave your problems on the cross. Leave your past on the cross.

Spring 2017 // Read >


Five keys to prepare a plant that blooms

There are many ways to plant a healthy, life-giving church, and they all begin with preparation.

Spring 2017 // Read >


Each one start one

As part of our 10-year vision, we are praying that all 1300+ Converge churches will have the privilege of starting a new congregation.

Spring 2017 // Read >


Make a shrewd investment

People outside the church can teach us a lot about investing.

Winter 2017 // Read >


Growing the kingdom one heart at a time

The Cornerstone Fund has been committed to serving churches since 1954.

Winter 2017 // Read >


Sharing the win

A district church planting director describes what can happen when churches work together to expand the kingdom of God.

Winter 2017 // Read >


Global champions!

Getting 'better together' to really work.

Winter 2017 // Read >


A first-time parents' nightmare

A prayer for an Arabic-speaking evangelist led to an incredible partnership that proves we are better together.

Winter 2017 // Read >


Measure what matters

If you measure what matters, it will help you reach your friends, family and neighbors for Christ.

Winter 2017 // Read >


Building God’s house

Converge has a clear and compelling mission: to help people meet, know and follow Jesus by starting and strengthening churches together worldwide.

Winter 2017 // Read >