Accelerate – How to Get Your Movement Moving

Accelerate – How to Get Your Movement Moving

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August 28-29, 2018 Chicago, IL

Who Should Attend?

This two-day workshop is critical for any denominational, associational or network leader to understand how new churches impact the legacy of your organization. Whether you are a national, regional or local church planting leader you will gain a wealth of knowledge and practical insights from Gary Rohrmayer and Steve Pike.

What will you learn? 

Over the two-day workshop we will do an in-depth examination of the Church Planting systems that can help accelerate your church planting movement’s spiritual dynamics, recruiting, funding and resourcing for multiplication.                                                                                                   

  • How do you create a spiritual atmosphere for multiplication?
  • How do you inspire leaders and churches to pray missionally?
  • How do you develop a pipeline of new church planters?
  • How do you create church planting residencies and internships?
  • How do you fund church planting to get the best results?
  • How do you ignite a self-funding church planting movement?
  • How do you resource churches to plant churches?
  • How do you celebrate churches that multiply churches?

Gary Rohrmayer

Gary has served on every level of church planting from a church-planting intern, pioneer church planter to a national director of church planting.  After pioneering a church plant with his wife Mary, he assisted in planting 17 churches in 10 years in southeastern Wisconsin.

In 1998 Gary was asked to bring a new sense of energy and vision to a regional network within Converge that was in decline for 10 years. In the last 15 years Converge MidAmerica has grown from 86 churches to over 220.  This new movement of churches has revolutionized this 165-year-old organization on all levels.

In 2006 Gary was ask to provide national leadership to Converge Church Planting where he laid the ground work for a united church planting surge throughout its 11 regional entities which led to the largest number of church plants in its 160 year history.  Ed Stetzer described Converge during this time as, “One of the leading church planting organizations in America.”

Gary and Mary have three grown children and live in the greater Chicago area.

Steve Pike

Steve Pike is the President and Founder of Urban Islands Project, a national collaborative organization dedicated to increasing the presence of the Church, the urban core of America’s 40 largest urban centers.

Prior to initiating Urban Islands Project, Steve served as the Founding Director of the Church Multiplication Network. CMN serves church multipliers to effectively equip, strategically fund and innovatively network new faith communities in America. Since its formation in 2008, CMN has assisted with the starting of over 2000 new congregations in every region of the US.

Steve is the co-author with Dr. Tom Nebel of “Leading Church Multiplication.”

Steve’s passion for church multiplication began in 1989 when Steve and his wife, Cherri, pioneered a new church that became the catalyst of a church planting movement in the state of Utah that continues to this day. The Pikes make their home in Denver, Colorado. They are blessed to be the parents of Lindsy and Jeremy and the grandparents of Myles, Koen and Wesley.

Dave Reynolds

Dave and his wife Elena have served in church planting since 1990.  They launched a church in Huntington Beach, CA in 1991 that launched several more churches over the years.  They recently attended the 25 year celebrations of the church they planted and one that they helped launch.

In 1998, the Reynolds moved to Vancouver, WA to launch Northwest Church Planting, an interdenominational church planting organization that assessed, coached, trained and supported hundreds of planters and continues today. In 2003, the Reynolds were called back to Southern California to launch another multiplying church, and also launched Southwest Church Planting which continues today. In 2014, Dave was asked to direct planting nationally for the Alliance, where he developed a national strategy to prepare all kinds of churches to become “Greenhouses” that grow planters.  Dave currently serves on the Alliance national team, coaches planters, leaders and teams, and is planting another church.

Dave is also a musician and plays gigs solo and with his son in the beautiful wine country of the Temecula Valley. Dave and Elena have three grown children and live in Southern California.


Day 1:

Check-in from 8:30 – 9:00 AM
9:00-10:15– Overview of the 8 Church Planting Systems
10:15-10:30 – Break
10:30-12:00– Spiritual Dynamics

12:00-1:00 – Lunch provided
1:00 – 2:30 – Spiritual Dynamics/Recruiting
2:30-2:45 – Break
2:45-4:30 – Recruiting

Day 2:

9:00-10:15– Recruiting/Funding
10:15-10:30 – Break
10:30-12:00– Funding
12:00-1:00 – Lunch provided
1:00 –3:00 – Resourcing Multiplication


$250.00 individual rate (includes lunch, resources and extras)
$200 group rate (5 or more from same organization) (includes lunch, resources and extras)

Sponsor: Church Multiplication Partners.  We exist to serve those leaders who are serving church planters.

Converge (Chicago Office)
2002 S Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL  60005

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Hotel Information:
For participants who need hotel accommodations we recommend the following four hotels in close proximity.

When calling in to make a reservation be sure to ask for the Converge MidAmerica/Church Multiplication Partners group rate.  Rates are based on single/double occupancy August 27th and 28th, 2018.
Reservation cut-off date for discounted rates for all hotels is August 1, 2018.

DoubleTree by Hilton Arlington Heights
75 West Algonguin Road
Arlington Heights, Il 60005
$144 – Double or King
Free shuttle service available from O’Hare Airport.  Free shuttle service to the Converge offices.  Breakfast is included for 1 person per room. To make reservations click here.

Holiday Inn Express Arlington Heights
2111 S Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL  60005
$119 – Double or $125 – King
Free shuttle service available from O’Hare Airport.  Free shuttle service to the Converge offices.  Breakfast is included. To make reservation click here.

The Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights South
100 W Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL  60005
$129 – Double or King
Free shuttle service available from O’Hare Airport.  Free shuttle service to the Converge offices.  Breakfast is included for no more than 2 people per room.  To make a reservation, click here.

Wingate by Wyndham Arlington Heights
2112 S Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL  60005
Ask for Christina when you call in to make a reservation.
$99 – Double or King
Free shuttle service available from O’Hare Airport.  Free shuttle service to the Converge offices.  Breakfast is included – made to order.  Free guest reception each day.


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