Discover great possibilities for the future of your church by attending the REACH Summit held in October each year. Then, after the Summit weekend, you can continue learning throughout the year by participating in a REACH Network Group. Be inspired to transform your church and REACH new people with the good news of Jesus Christ.
The annual REACH Summit event is held in October each year and designed to spark creativity, inspire your leadership and transform your church. If your church is ready to attract new members, make new disciples and take a leap of faith to become a vital and growing ministry, then you need to attend this important weekend.
Then, after the REACH Summit weekend, subsequent REACH Network Groups provide a year-long opportunity of learning and networking with other pastors and church leaders developing the same new ministry focus in their local churches.
REACH Network Groups begin in January — Register today!
This eleven-month network experience is based on Nelson Searcy’s nine church systems. Pastors and laity who participate in this will gain competency in how to REACH new people by organizing the SYSTEMS within your church for maximum health and growth. We’ll cover everything from the stewardship system to the evangelism system and the small groups system to the ministry volunteer system. You’ll learn practical steps you can take to achieve healthy productive church systems that result in reaching more people for Jesus Christ. T h i s y e a r ’s n e t w o r k t a k e s p l a c e o n m o s t 3 r d S a t u r d a y s s o i t ’s e v e n e a s i e r f o r c l e r g y A N D l a i t y t o p a r t i c i p a t e !
Tom Arthur is the second pastor of Sycamore Creek. Under his leadership Sycamore Creek has launched a Church in a Diner, Church in a Pub, and adopted Potterville UMC as a second campus. Along the way he's had to figure out how to fund all this missional outreach. He's been married to Sarah for twenty years and has two sons, Sam and Micah who are four and six. Tom leads the year-long REACH Network Group | Systems that helps churches organize their internal systems to focus outward and reach more people for Jesus.
You are invited to this eleven-session Network Group experience focused on multiplying ministries to reach more people. We will visit churches throughout the Michigan Area to hear their stories, be taught by leaders from throughout the U.S. and will explore new ways to grow the ministries of your church. Participants will gain competency and confidence in leadership, as well as increase their effectiveness in multiplying their ministries to reach more people, more diverse people and younger people. .
Dirk Elliott is Director of New Church Development for the Michigan Area United Methodist Church. Dirk has a genuine desire to see the church grow. He believes that openness to God, mature discernment, utilizing new approaches, and trained leadership are essential for church growth. Before coming to the Detroit Conference, Dirk served for ten years as Director of Congregational Development for the East Ohio Conference and the pastor of local churches for 18 years. He leads the New Church Development process and is a member of the Path 1 Team of the GBOD, is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and a Path 1 Mentor Coach. Dirk is the author of Vital Merger: A New Church Start Approach That Joins Church Families Together.
A multiethnic movement has already begun, and the church is primed to lead the way. This eight-session Network Group experience will focus on how to build healthy multiethnic congregations for both church planters and those seeking to transform homogeneous churches. If you're looking to build a multiethnic ministry and don't know where to start, you're not alone — this is church on the cutting edge! Join this workshop and get a glimpse of God's vision for the future.
Rob Cook a pastor serving at Mount Hope UMC, a church that welcomes people from all over the world. He is developing cultural competency the best way, by experiencing it firsthand. Long a racially homogeneous church, Mount Hope is growing younger and more diverse. Also a member of the Michigan Area Multiethnic Team for New Church Development, Rob has learned that this movement transcends churches, denominations, and even theological persuasions.
If you are like most churches there are internal barriers keeping your congregation from experiencing full health and vitality. This workshop will explore how core values and culture are the “hidden grip” that clutches at “we have always done it this way” in an unhealthy and fear driven manner. We will explore how to identify and remove these key barriers that are hindering you from reaching new people for Christ. Come and be unleased for ministry!
Gary Step (Rev) is the Director of Congregational Excellence for the Michigan Conference. Gary’s major responsibility is to promote and create a culture of church growth, health and vitality within the Conference, including providing leadership, coaching and coordination of the Vital Church Initiative (VCI). Gary is a dynamic and engaging presenter addressing church renewal and evangelism!
Are you starting or restarting a youth group in your church? Would you like to? Do you have an adult volunteer team that is willing and able and just needs some encouragement and information to offer a great youth program? Come join us for this workshop on effective strategies for youth ministry. Hear ideas and encouragement for reaching young people in your community through safe, fun and meaningful actives and fellowship.
Bridget Nelson is in her 4th year as the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator for the Detroit Annual Conference. She has been working with teenagers for 16 years and believes the church is uniquely positioned to impact the lives of young people. Bridget leads the Reach Youth Network, which has brought together people who work with youth from around the state to learn, grow and encourage one another. Bridget is married to Pastor Jeff Nelson and has two sons that are 9 and 11. She lives in Royal Oak.