“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known...” (Rom. 15:20).
Paul was a church planter. Over and over in the Book of Acts we see new works started under his leadership. He experienced the transforming power of the gospel in his life and could not help but share it with others. The result was a church planting movement that changed the world.
When Paul started the church in Philippi, described in Acts 16, the church’s core group seems to have been a woman who made purple cloth, a demon-possessed slave girl and a suicidal jailer. If God can use these three to start a vibrant church, he certainly can use you and me to do the same.
There still is no better way to impact a community with the gospel than to start a new congregation. New people join new congregations, and new congregations bring renewed focus on the essentials. The result: Many people meet, know and follow Jesus.
God has blessed Converge with many people who understand the power of a new congregation. Last year our churches worked together to start 48 new churches and sites in the U.S. and many more overseas. We are grateful for what God has done, but our movement is nowhere near its planting potential. As part of our 10-year vision, we are praying that all 1300+ Converge churches will have the privilege of starting a new congregation. We are praying that "Each One Start One."
In this issue of Point, we challenge you to join Converge’s renewed emphasis on church planting. Whether you partner financially with your district to start a church, parent a new congregation by adopting a church planter or plant a church on your own, we pray God will use you to start a vibrant, reproducing congregation in a community near you.
Scott Ridout, Former Converge President
Scott served as president of Converge from November 2014 through August 2022. Prior to that he was the director of generosity for Converge from 2007-2014, concurrently with his time pastoring at Sun Valley in Gilbert, Arizona, for 22 years. He serves on the boards of Axelerate, Bethel University and The Timothy Initiative. Scott also serves the Finish the Task initiative working with denominations worldwide. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1988 and have three adult children, Jon, Ashlyn and David. He loves God, the local church and simply wants to help people meet, know and follow Jesus.