Converge is a Movement…
We’re a movement of churches working together to strengthen and start more churches. Starting a new church is one of the most effective ways of reaching people for Christ.
A2:5 – English-speaking churches worldwide
Converge church planting provides established networks, a proven assessment process, practical training, experienced coaching, and uncompromising vision.
Shorthand for Acts 2:5: “Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven,” A2:5 is a Converge venture to assist the International Baptist Convention and other organizations as they plant English-speaking international churches throughout the world.
As in Acts 2:5, in major world cities people from many nations have gathered who speak a common trade language: English. And as in the rest of Acts 2, these people can become the beachhead for reaching the host nation.
Assistance. First we assist by helping these organizations do the work of recruiting potential church planters, formally assessing candidates, setting up specialized LEAD teams (groups of church planters who meet together to stay focused on mission) and coaching church planters. In this phase we are primarily doing much of the work as the organizations learn our systems and values.
Assimilation. At this level the work is more integrated, shared. The organizations take an active part in recruiting, staffing the church planter Assessment Centers and experiencing hands-on training. They themselves begin to form LEAD teams and coach others.
Adoption. At this point these organizations have developed their own toolbox of church planting systems and we take the role of consultants. They recruit, conduct Assessment Centers, raise funds, train and support LEAD teams and deliver coaching.