Spark Creativity.
Inspire Leaders.
Transform Your Church.

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.

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2018 REACH Summit
November 2 & 3, 2018

The annual REACH Summit event is held in November 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.

It all begins in October with the annual REACH Summit — Register today!

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Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School and Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology. Dean Heath’s scholarly work integrates systematic, pastoral, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between academy, church and world. Heath is the author of numerous books and monographs, the most recent of which is Five Means of Grace: Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way (2017). She is also the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, which provides opportunities for clergy and laity to learn how to live in intentional communities and how to develop missional communities and social enterprise in diverse social contexts.

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where East Lansing Marriott at University Place, East Lansing, MI

when Friday & Saturday, November 2-3, 2018

Friday evening worship features guest speaker, Cathy Townley, at Sycamore Creek Church, in Lansing.

BioPicCathyTownleyCathy Townley is a worship specialist, coach and consultant in new starts and existing churches. A former church planter and worship
leader, Cathy’s heart and passion is to help churches return to the heart of worship in a way that connects you with the very people in your neighborhood you want to reach.

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PRE-CONFERENCE Intensive

BioPicCathyTownley1Take your experience to a deeper level. Our featured speaker for the Pre-Conference Intensive this year is Cathy Townley. Cathy is a worship specialist, coach and consultant in new starts and existing churches. A former church planter and worship leader, Cathy’s heart and passion is to help churches return to the heart of worship in a way that connects you with the very people in your neighborhood you want to reach.

Come early to the and take advantage of this outstanding learning opportunity.

1-5p Pre-Conference Intensive
Sycamore Creek Church, Lansing, MI

Additional $30 fee required to attend the pre-conference intensive. See registration form for details.

Friday EVENING

3p Hotel Checkin at East Lansing Marriott at University Place, East Lansing, Michigan

6-9p Registration, Networking & Evening Worship Service with featured guest speaker, Cathy Townley, at Sycamore Creek Church, Lansing, MI.

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Saturday

8-9a Registration and Networking

9-Noon General Session & Workshops

Noon – 1:15p Lunch & Networking (provided)

1-3:30p Workshops & General Session

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Get More Done Without Killing Yourself
REACH Network Group | Systems

You want to get more done. You never have enough time. Your to do list just keeps growing. How do you manage your time and energy to accomplish all that God has called you to each day, week, month, and year? Join Tom Arthur for this workshop that will help give you some practical tools for getting more done, including taking care of yourself! Tom is the pastor of Sycamore Creek, leads the Reach Team, records the monthly Reach Resources podcast, and teaches the Reach Systems Network. He’s a busy guy. but he also manages a weekly date night with his wife, Sarah, of twenty-one years, gets to the gym four times a week, and spends lots of time with has two boys, who are five and seven. Tom knows what it means to get things done without killing himself.

BioPicTomArthurTom 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.

Exegeting Your Community
REACH Network Group | New Service

For Building Worship Bridges — If your worship service isn’t a bridge to your neighborhood, it’s a broken bridge. Growing churches innovate in worship by planning and leading worship with the guest in mind. They know how to welcome their guest because they understand their neighborhood and what drives the various lifestyles that surround their church building. If the worship bridge is broken, no one can get into your church, or out! The bridge goes in two directions. To rebuild the bridge, learn how to interpret what the mission field is telling you through the many signs that surround your area. Developers and DS’s can teach this to their pastors; pastors and church leaders can teach this to their followers. It’s an eye-opener! And it builds buy-in for planning and leading worship with the guest in mind.

BioPicDawnWright1Cathy Townley is a worship specialist, coach and consultant in new starts and existing churches around the country and also in her home territory of Minnesota and the Dakotas. A former church planter and worship leader, Cathy’s heart and passion is to help churches return to the heart of worship in a way that connects with the very persons in their neighborhood that they have said they want to reach out to. Cathy’s newest project is Building Worship Bridges, book and workbook, written to provide practical content for worship-outreach, with co-authors Kay Kotan and Bishop Robert Farr (Missouri). Cathy has also created numerous other practical resources for worship outreach. She is a new grandma to Lucy Rae Townley — perhaps the best gift from God ever. Learn more about Cathy on her website, TownleyCoaching.com, and her new YouTube Channel, Building Worship Bridges Townley Coaching.

Reading and Praying With Scripture for a Missional Church
REACH Network Group |

This workshop introduces a simple but deep method for teaching your congregation how to read and pray with Scripture in ways that foster missional faith and practice. Elaine is the Dean of the Divinity School and Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology. She is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which is Five Means of Grace: Experience God's Love the Wesleyan Way (2017). Heath is also the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, which provides opportunities for clergy and laity to learn how to live in intentional communities and how to develop missional communities and social enterprise in diverse social contexts..BioPicRobCook

Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School and Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology. Dean Heath’s scholarly work integrates systematic, pastoral, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between academy, church and world. Heath is the author of numerous books and monographs, the most recent of which is Five Means of Grace: Experience God’s Love the Wesleyan Way (2017). She is also the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, which provides opportunities for clergy and laity to learn how to live in intentional communities and how to develop missional communities and social enterprise in diverse social contexts.

Finding Your Niche
REACH Network Group |

It is no secret that the relationships among congregations and their communities has drastically changed. Gone are the days when faith communities could simply open their doors, offer high quality programs, and experience substantial growth. Today, congregations must engage their local communities in new and creative ways. This workshop will focus on developing innovative “niche ministries” that reach individuals and groups who are often neglected or ignored by the church. The twelve month Network group will include a two-day draining with Paul Nixon and John Ball and 10 coaching sessions to identify untapped niche, strategically develop a ministry that will engage the identified niche, and develop the “First 12 followers” for implementation of the ministry.

BioPicGaryStepPaul Perez (Rev) is an ordained Deacon and serves as the Associate Director for Mission and Ministry for the Michigan Conference. Previously, Paul was the founding director of Justice for Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan, a United Methodist related immigration legal aid organization with locations in Detroit, Dearborn, and Ypsilanti. He also served as Director of Program Development at Newburg UMC in Livonia, Michigan. He lives in Livonia, Michigan with his wife Anne, a high school English teacher, and his three children, Joshua, Sofia, and Charles. 

Developing Your Congregation's Youth Ministry
REACH Network Group | Connecting Youth

Bridget Nelson will help you start, restart, or grow your youth Bridget Nelsonministry. She serves as our Conference Coordinator of Youth Ministry Development. She has been working in youth ministry for 15 years and is passionate about creating safe, fun and meaningful ministry for young people in local churches across Michigan.

BioPicBridgetNelson1Bridget 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 over 15 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.

MissionInsite 101
REACH Network Group |

Join Rev. Jon Reynolds during your lunch hour as he shares how the use of Mission Insite can help you take the first steps towards defining your audience and growing your ministry. This crash course on the use of our conference's free software will raise your awareness on how you can use data to help you create ministries to reach new people in your community. These sixty minutes will definitely be worth your time.

Jon Reynolds (Rev) Bio to come...

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location

Marriott

REACH Summit 2018 will be held at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place in East Lansing, Michigan. We've selected this location for 2018 because of it's convenient location in central Michigan and size that's just right for the REACH Summit. This facility is located near Michigan State University.
 

Hotel

We have reserved a block of rooms at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place with a special REACH Summit rate for conference attendees who book rooms. Please call the hotel directly at (517)337-4440 and tell them you are attending the REACH Summit.

Parking

Plenty of on-site parking is available for those attending the conference.

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