Church outreach & missions conference
The world isn’t what it was meant to be. Not even close. How can we look around and not feel brokenhearted? Frustrated? Wrecked? Maintaining the status quo isn’t working. We’re losing ground. It’s time to unleash a church movement that changes the world. It’s time to take ground. Together. At the Converge Unleash conference, we’ll help you unleash the gospel by giving you strategies, tools and new ways to strengthen your church and plant healthy, life-giving churches that will impact generations for eternity.




Bethel University

3900 Bethel Dr.

St. Paul, MN 55112


Bryan Loritts

Author & Lead Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship

Before serving as the lead pastor, Bryan co-founded Fellowship Memphis and the Kainos Movement – an organization committed to seeing the multi-ethnic church become the new normal in our world. He is an award-winning author and serves on the board of trustees for Biola University and Pine Cove Christian Camps.

Scott Ridout

President, Converge

Before becoming President of Converge, Scott was lead pastor of Sun Valley Community Church in Arizona. He also served six years as a Converge overseer, co-led the Vision Arizona church planting team and led Converge Generosity. President Ridout is also a church leadership mentor and coach.

Diana Mescher

Speaker & Group Director at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship

Diana is a Bible teacher, facilitator and encourager. She serves on staff at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Chandler, Arizona, as the Groups Director. Diana delivers messages with knowledge, levity and relatability that engage audiences of all ages as she helps them better understand the heart of God. Learn more >


Jan 29

7 – 8:45 a.m.

Main Session
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Workshop Session 1
9:45 – 11 a.m.

Workshop Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

(provided by Converge)
12:30 – 2 p.m.

Workshop Session 3
2 – 3:15 p.m.

Workshop Session 4
3:45 – 5 p.m.

(provided by Converge)
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Main Session
(Keynote: Scott Ridout)
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Jan 30

Peer-to-peer Groups
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

12 – 1:30 p.m.

Peer-to-peer Groups
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Free time &
dinner on your own

Jan 31

Closing Main Session
(Keynote: Bryan Loritts)
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Workshops // January 29

Leading from the Second Chair
Marty Sawyers, Cornerstone Church
Supporting the Senior Pastor and supporting staff at the same time can be more art than science. Learn how to do both with excellence while building trust and influence.
Covering Pastors
Michael Henderson & John Jenkins
Understand the importance of having a pastor and a covering over your spiritual life. This is designed to help pastors to experience connection with someone for their growth.
Multisites for Minority Churches
Michael Henderson, Vice President of Converge National Ministries
A look at the unique challenges that occur in planting Minority Churches in urban and suburban America.
Starting a Healthy Church Plant
Lee Stephenson, Converge Church Planting
Did you know that the mistakes made in the first six months of a church plant can take up to six years to unravel? Join me as we discuss five foundational truths in starting a healthy church.
Maximizing Residencies
Caleb Smith, Director of Residency and Coaching
Intentional ministry residencies through the local church are the most effective way to prepare tomorrow’s pastors and leaders. In this workshop, you will receive the tools for laying a strong foundation to start a residency program and the building blocks to set it up for success for years to come.
Healthy Ways for Navigating Theological Shifts
David Clark, Bethel Seminary
Scripture never changes; it's God eternal Word. But theology, which applies Scripture to the issues of the day, does shift. It can incorporate new emphases and respond to new issues. So how do we navigate new theological questions in ways that bring light to complex issues and credibility to Gospel proclamation?

Peer-to-peer // January 30

Peer-to-peer groups are designed to connect pastors and church leaders facing similar challenges in ministry. Groups will meet throughout the day to discuss topics that matter to you, while building strong relationships that will help move your ministry forward.


Small church

125 – 250

251 – 500

501 – 800

801 – 1500


Prelaunch – 5 years



Pastors of African Descent



Less than 500

501 – 1500



Campus pastors

Women in ministry


Leading teams



Bethel University

3900 Bethel Dr.

St. Paul, MN 55112

General Admission
Price per person. Price increases on 1/1/20.
Group 5+
Price per person. Price increases on 1/1/20.
Invite your spouse to attend with you and enjoy a discounted admission rate for your spouse.
Converge Missionaries
If you are a Converge missionary, contact the Converge office for your discount code.
Please call 630.890.3981 if you need assistance registering.