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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transform your church to REACH more people

Equipping churches to REACH more people!

The annual REACH Summit event is held in October 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.

 

REACH Network Groups

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 SummitRegister today!

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2017 REACH Summit
October 20 & 21, 2017

The annual REACH Summit event is held in October 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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OLUJIMI (Olu) BROWN serves as the Lead Pastor of Impact Church, a young congregation in the East Point community of Metropolitan Atlanta. With Olu’s vision and leadership, Impact has grown from a core team of 25 people to more than 2,000 attendees each Sunday in ten years and was listed in Outreach Magazine’s 2016 Top 100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America.

Olu is married to Farrah D. Brown and they are the proud parents of Daya Elom Brown and Langston Wesley Brown. Olu is a native of Lufkin, Texas. He graduated in 1999, from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2002, he earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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where DoubleTree Inn by Hilton, Grand Rapids, Michigan

when Friday & Saturday, October 20-21, 2017

Friday evening worship features guest speaker, Rev. Dawn Wright, at Cornerstone Church, Heritage Hill Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

BioPicDawnWrightRev. Dawn Wright serves as the Associate Minister at Greater Mount Carmel AME Church and also works for Impact Church as the Chief Operating Pastor. Rev. Dawn holds a Master in Human Resource Management and a Master of Divinity from Turner Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center. She and her husband, Roger, have been married for 19 years.

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PRE-CONFERENCE Intensive

NEW this year a Pre-Conference Intensive sponsored by PATH1 will be offered for those interested in planting multiethnic churches and exploring how ethnic and cultural diversity can transform existing churches. Learn more below

8:30a-4:30p Pre-Conference Intensive
(continental breakfast & lunch included)

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

Friday EVENING

3p Hotel Checkin DoubleTree Inn by Hilton,
Grand Rapids, Michigan

6-9p Registration, Networking & Evening Worship Service with featured guest speaker, Rev. Dawn Wright, at Cornerstone Church, Heritage Hill Campus.

Additional Details to come

Saturday

8-9a Registration and Networking

9-Noon General Session

Noon – 1p Lunch (provided)

1-3:15p Workshops & General Session

Additional Details to come

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Friday, October 20
DoubleTree by Hilton
8:30a-4:30p
$30 per person

This year we're offering a new opportunity designed to help you discover the potential of multiethnic ministries. The church has a major role to play in the majority-minority nation we are becoming. On Friday, before the REACH Summit kicks off, a pre-conference intensive will be offered to explore how ethnic and cultural diversity can transform existing churches and plant brand new ones.  Friday morning In-Yong Lee who will be speaking on Transforming Homogenous Churches into Multiethnic Churches, and later in the afternoon Rodrigo Cruz will be speaking on Planting Multiethnic Churches. There will be plenty of time for Q&A throughout the day as well as breakout sessions for additional discussion on the topics presented.

There is an additional fee of $30/person to attend the Pre-Conference Intensive, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The day will end with plenty of time to break and be refreshed for the Friday Evening REACH Summit events at Cornerstone Church, Heritage Hill Campus, where you will hear more from leaders of multiethnic ministries.

BioPicRodrigoCruise1Rodrigo Cruz was born and raised in Monterrey. He obtained a Law Degree at the University of Nuevo Leon and enjoyed practicing Criminal Law for several years. In 2006 his family and him moved to the United States while following his call into ministry and Rodrigo received a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and is finishing up a Doctorate in Ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary. Rodrigo is the lead pastor of a Multiethnic church plant called The Nett Church. Rodrigo is married Kellyann and they are blessed with three wonderful children (RJ, Natalia and Gabriel) and are in the process of adopting a little girl from China.

BioPicInYongLee1In-Yong Lee was born in South Korea and is an ordained elder serving as pastor of Cokesbury UMC in Charlotte, NC. She is particularly passionate about multiethnic ministry and about raising multicultural awareness and competency in an increasingly diverse society. Starting her second quadrennium as a member of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters of the General Conference, which deals with the exponentially growing United Methodist churches outside the U.S., she is excited to see the truly global nature of the denomination, and also seeks to contribute to the Church's growth in multiethnic ministry within the U.S. She lives in Charlotte with her family.

 

Be sure to check out the workshop during the REACH Summit entitled Multiethnic Church, led by Rob Cook, for more information about developing multiethnic ministry. In addition, you will have the opportunity to join a network group that will begin in January 2018 to explore multiethnic ministry with other church leaders in the Michigan area.

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summit workshops

Develop Extravagant Givers
REACH Network Group | Systems

Your church is under-resourced. You're not living into the full redemptive potential of your mission. You want to turn things around. But you're not sure how. Join Tom Arthur as he walks you through one key aspect of church stewardship: giving options. You'll learn to help your attenders become better stewards of the money God has entrusted them. You'll leave with practical tips you can immediately take home and use. And you'll get a small taste of a much larger stewardship system that Tom teaches in the REACH Network Systems Network.

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.

Hospitality in a Self-Centered World
REACH Network Group | Leadership

An interactive discussion on how vibrant, growing, innovative churches practice Radical Hospitality. This workshop will address the philosophy, strategy and implementation of Radical Hospitality.

BioPicDawnWright1Rev. Dawn Wright serves as the Associate Minister at Greater Mount Carmel AME Church and also works for Impact Church as the Chief Operating Pastor. Rev. Dawn holds a Master in Human Resource Management and a Master of Divinity from Turner Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center. Rev. Dawn holds a Master in Human Resource Management and a Master of Divinity from Turner Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas, in Strategic Business. She is a Level 2 in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Rev. Dawn accepted a call to ministry in 2002, and is an Itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a member of the International Theological Theta Phi Honor Society and a Fellow with the Black Women in Ministry Leadership; she has served as the vice president for the Atlanta North District Women In Ministry; and received the Atlanta North District Transformational Leadership Award. She and her husband, Roger, have been married for 19 years.

Multiethnic Church
REACH Network Group | Multiethnic Church

A multiethnic movement has already begun, and the church is primed to lead the way. This eight-session Network Group experience will focus on how to build healthy multiethnic congregations for both church planters and those seeking to transform homogeneous churches. If you're looking to build a multiethnic ministry and don't know where to start, you're not alone — this is church on the cutting edge! Join this workshop and get a glimpse of God's vision for the future.BioPicRobCook

Rob Cook a pastor serving at Mount Hope UMC, a church that welcomes people from all over the world. He is developing cultural competency the best way, by experiencing it firsthand. Long a racially homogeneous church, Mount Hope is growing younger and more diverse. Also a member of the Michigan Area Multiethnic Team for New Church Development, Rob has learned that this movement transcends churches, denominations, and even theological persuasions.

Overcoming Resistance to Change
REACH Network Group | New Service

If you are like most churches there are internal barriers keeping your congregation from experiencing full health and vitality. This workshop will explore how core values and culture are the “hidden grip” that clutches at “we have always done it this way” in an unhealthy and fear driven manner. We will explore how to identify and remove these key barriers that are hindering you from reaching new people for Christ. Come and be unleased for ministry!

BioPicGaryStepGary Step (Rev) is the Director of Congregational Excellence for the Michigan Conference. Gary’s major responsibility is to promote and create a culture of church growth, health and vitality within the Conference, including providing leadership, coaching and coordination of the Vital Church Initiative (VCI). Gary is a dynamic and engaging presenter addressing church renewal and evangelism!

Youth Ministry Development
REACH Network Group | Connecting Youth

Are you starting or restarting a youth group in your church? Would you like to? Do you have an adult volunteer team that is willing and able and just needs some encouragement and information to offer a great youth program? Come join us for this workshop on effective strategies for youth ministry. Hear ideas and encouragement for reaching young people in your community through safe, fun and meaningful actives and fellowship.

BioPicBridgetNelsonBridget 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 16 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.

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location

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REACH Summit 2017 and the Pre-Conference Intensive will be held at the newly remodeled DoubleTree by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We've selected this location because of it's convenient location in West Michigan and size that's just right for the REACH Summit. This facility is located off I-96 on 28th Street near the Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
 

Hotel

We have reserved a block of rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids with a special REACH Summit rate for conference attendees who book rooms. Please call the hotel directly at (616)957-0100 and tell them you are attending the REACH Summit.

Parking

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

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