Scott Ridout, Former Converge President

Scott served as president of Converge from November 2014 through August 2022. Prior to that he was the director of generosity for Converge from 2007-2014, concurrently with his time pastoring at Sun Valley in Gilbert, Arizona, for 22 years. He serves on the boards of Axelerate, Bethel University and The Timothy Initiative. Scott also serves the Finish the Task initiative working with denominations worldwide. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1988 and have three adult children, Jon, Ashlyn and David. He loves God, the local church and simply wants to help people meet, know and follow Jesus.


Should the church still innovate?

Great ideas in the past often need to be replaced with new wine.

May 2022 // Read >



January 2022 // Read >

The one transforming force

Paul’s challenge to the church is as critical today as it was two thousand years ago.

September 2021 // Read >

Whatever it takes

God used Paul’s humble posture to plant many churches. He continues to use the same posture in today’s church planters to reach people with the life-changing gospel of Jesus.

January 2021 // Read >

Each One Start One

Starting new churches is essential to fulfilling our mission to help people meet, know and follow Jesus.

September 2020 // Read >

COVID-19: A season for our growth and his glory

The whole world has had to suddenly alter its course. But God is showing his power to use crisis and the resilience of his people to adjust and trust him.

May 2020 // Read >

Uber evangelism

Christians aren’t the only people evangelizing. But the others lack one thing.

January 2020 // Read >

Our bold request

God works in mighty ways — around the world and in our neighborhoods.

September 2019 // Read >

Cultivating an evangelistic lifestyle

How peer connection and sense of threat determine your evangelistic effectiveness.

May 2019 // Read >

Entrusted, empowered, engaged, enduring

Four essential qualities as we start and strengthen churches together worldwide.

May 2019 // Read >

I love the local church

Adding a new church has focused our conversations from our preferences to God's priorities.

January 2019 // Read >

Let's get personal

Regardless of the response, we are privileged to share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results to God.

September 2018 // Read >

Each One Reach One

One of my greatest desires and most consistent prayers in this season of my life is that God will grace every person in every Converge church with the privilege of leading someone to Christ.

May 2018 // Read >

The trend not to send

In the American church these days the focus on numerical growth has outpaced the commitment to spiritual health.

Fall 2017 // Read >

What's your game plan?

Every pastor needs a game plan to last in ministry and avoid the pattern of 'fail out, burn out or walk out.'

Summer 2017 // Read >

Strengthening your core

The core of our ministry is leaders strengthened in their walk with Christ and sold out to proclaiming and living out gospel truths.

Summer 2017 // Read >

Each one start one

As part of our 10-year vision, we are praying that all 1300+ Converge churches will have the privilege of starting a new congregation.

Spring 2017 // Read >

Make a shrewd investment

People outside the church can teach us a lot about investing.

Winter 2017 // Read >

Building God’s house

Converge has a clear and compelling mission: to help people meet, know and follow Jesus by starting and strengthening churches together worldwide.

Winter 2017 // Read >