Join us for a 3-day regional gathering of church multipliers! During this event participants will receive practical training on church planting models, strategic planning, fundraising, creating a dynamic new church culture and more! These three days are designed to provide the basic tools for leaders of new churches. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and pray with other like-minded regional church planters and experience the great city of Detroit through an immersion experience. You don’t want to miss this inaugural gathering as we envision together a multiplication movement in our region!
In this week's episode we talk with Pastor Paul Parker from Cornerstone Community Church in Battle Creek. Paul shares the story of how they got into doing dinner church in an apartment building in town and where that experience is taking them. Search for the SMC Podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play, or click the button below to listen on our webpage.
You are excited about Fresh Expressions, but you know that you can’t start a movement alone. We want to help you overcome the barriers that are standing in the way. Don’t miss this FREE equipping experience from Fresh Expressions US on April 1st, 2pm EST! In this upcoming webinar you will:
Learn how to help your congregation understand and move into fresh expressions
Discover practical ways of gaining buy-in and exploring possibilities with your entire congregation
Find paths for moving people from skeptic to supporter
Forge gives itself as a servant to the local church. As we have sought to listen and learn from pastors and leaders throughout the country, we have heard many express similar longings to see everyday individuals mobilized into the spaces they inhabit. The hope is for a movement of God’s people to embrace their opportunity and calling to join Him in His redemptive mission in the places they live, work, and play. To this end, Forge creates partnerships with the local church to mobilize people and pioneer new expressions of the church across neighborhoods, networks, work spaces, & third spaces.
Join us March 27 as we train you to utilize the Forge training within your context and local church.
The multiplication matching grant exists to encourage and empower Southern Michigan churches and and leaders to multiply churches. Grants are provided to selected new initiatives based on their proposed plans and the availability of funds. Multiplication grants are for the express purpose of reaching new groups of people with the gospel and organizing them in new churches on mission. Initiatives which are seeking funding should be working amongst unchurched (and dechurched) people to establish new churches.
Evergreen Church is launching in Ann Arbor Michigan. Led by Pastor Derik Heumann, Evergreen is intentional at reaching the growing numbers of unchurched millennials. For more information about Evergreen, visit their website. Listen to how God is working in Ann Arbor.
“Evergreen has provided a whole new meaning of community. I have grown closer to God through fellowship and study than ever before. Evergreen embraces diversity through welcoming all walks of life and faith. I have encountered, for the first time I might add, the powerful healing nature of Jesus. Evergreen has fulfilled needs of my soul that were left empty and void by previous churches in my life.”
“For me Evergreen is a community built on authentic relationships, discipleship, healing and accountability – no matter where you’re at in your walk. I also appreciate the emphasis of different styles of worship, there’s something for everyone. The growth I have experienced in a short amount of time has been incredibly impactful, both spiritually and emotionally. The Spirit is moving and I am excited to see what’s in store!”
“Evergreen has challenged me to take an active part in Christian community like I never have before. It’s a community that welcomes and loves me but constantly pushes me to grow. I’m continually struck by the passion this church has for spreading Jesus’ light to the darkest corners of the city.”
“I’ve grown up going to church, but Evergreen feels different. I’ve experienced Christian fellowship in a new way and I am being impacted in a positive way.”
“Evergreen to me is a safe place to grow and expand my knowledge with the Lord. It’s having a community of people that support and cheer me on to grow deeper with God, but also to support me in everyday life successes and failures. It’s like family in church form.”
“When I started coming on Sunday nights, it was like a sleeping part of myself was beginning to wake. Evergreen has challenged me to increase my discipline in reading His Word, praying, and seeking His guidance in everyday matters because I know I want to be an active part of what Evergreen is doing. I want to be in the best “spiritual shape” that I can be in order to be ready for whatever He asks of me, and Evergreen is helping me achieve those goals. At Evergreen, there is a true desire to see God at work and to be a part of that work, and it is both a humbling and invigorating thing to behold.”
We are celebrating the re-launch of our Journey of Hope Church in Taylor, MI this past Sunday. Pastors Paul and Josh along with a dedicated core of missional leaders and volunteers did an outstanding job in preparing for this big day. Late last summer, the church was able to sell their former building which subsequently allowed the Southern Michigan Conference to pay off all remaining debt, but to also purchase a “portable church system." All of the physical ingredients needed to have a service is in their portable church trailer. This pioneering approach enables the church to be free from the expense and attention of caring for an aging property but it also enables them to be more missionally focused and organizationally nimble. Moving forward, the church is focused on planting new congregations in the downriver communities as they hit the road with this portable church model.
Join us for a 3-day regional gathering of church multipliers! During this event participants will receive practical training on church planting models, strategic planning, fundraising, creating a dynamic new church culture and more! These three days are designed to provide the basic tools for leaders of new churches. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and pray with other like-minded regional church planters and experience the great city of Detroit through an immersion experience. You don’t want to miss this inaugural gathering as we envision together a multiplication movement in our region! To register or for more info check out the trainings page.
At the Southern Michigan Annual Conference gathering in June of 2017, we rolled out a vision for the 10/36 multiplication initiative with the goal to multiply 10 new churches in the following 36 months. To achieve this level of unprecedented growth would require unprecedented prayer, commitment and obedience. As we stand at the halfway point, we acknowledge the challenges that lay ahead of us, but we also take stock and give thanks for the things the Lord has accomplished in 2018.
The SMC Conference Leadership Board has created and set aside funds into a multiplication account from which we award multiplication grants for CAC’s (Conference Affiliated Churches) and PAC’s (Parent Affiliated Churches).
In January of this year, our Mission Igniter Grant committee approved $82,000 in grant money for three different multiplication proposals to be disbursed over the next two years. Ravenbrook Recovery Church in Jackson Michigan, Detroit Urban Life Center and Evergreen church in Ann Arbor.
A number of our churches have already launched or are making plans to launch new apostolic initiatives; micro church networks, dinner churches or other fresh expressions works and a few churches are in the planning stages for the launching of new multi-sites.
We are developing the concept of multiplication hubs in the city of Detroit, Northern Indiana and in the downriver communities of the Detroit metro region. These hubs are exploring different models that will enable them to make disciples, multiply leaders and churches.
We have witnessed an explosion of growth in Mission Igniter which is our church multiplication incubator.
Individual Donor Income: $244,172.43 (229 individuals)
Corporate Donors: $392,171.00 (16 including SMC Multiplication funding)
Total 2018 Income: $636,343.43
Dec 2018 Donations: 149 for $140,353.00
We are grateful to God for His leadership in bringing us to this new place, but we also recognize our need for continued wisdom as we navigate the complexities and challenges of making the transition to becoming a multiplication movement as an annual conference. Thank you for your faithful giving, prayer and ongoing efforts toward the multiplication of disciples, leaders and churches. To God be the glory!