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Strategic Team-Makers

Strategic Team-Makers, Inc. was founded in 1985 by Dr. Jerry Dahl as a consulting resource for businesses and churches. Jerry is a sought after marriage conference facilitator and pastor/planter ministry coach.  STM also specializes in building productive relationships between church staff and leaders.

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Interim Pastors & Placement

One of the most important ways Converge Rocky Mountain assists local congregations is through the search for and placement of a new pastor.  Along with guiding the search team, Converge Rocky Mountain also provides assistance in locating interim pastors and special speakers.

Church Conflict Resolution

Converge Rocky Mountain provides trained reconciliation leaders to help resolve church disputes in a God-honoring way. The Bible is clear that our witness to the world will be most powerful when we live in unity with each other.

Church Leadership Covenant Example

Immigration Assistance

Converge Rocky Mountain values cultural diversity. The tapestry of our partner churches include congregations ministering to Latinos, Vietnamese, Arabic and Fil-Am congregations. Often these congregations are led by pastors who have relocated from a foreign land. Moving to the United States can be filled with challenges for a pastor and his family. Learning a new language, new cultural norms, and new driving laws are just some of the hurdles a cultural pastor must navigate.

The most sizeable hurdle, however, is working with Homeland Security and Immigration and Naturalization services. It takes time, expertise and thousands of dollars to obtain the proper documentation for visas and eventually United States citizenship. Converge Rocky Mountain provides funding and expert attorneys to guide cultural pastors through the process.

Background Checks

PreSearch Background Services, Inc. is a national leading provider of comprehensive background screening solutions. Established in 1995, PreSearch has conducted over two million background checks for churches, companies, and other organizations coast to coast. PreSearch is truly a ministry minded company.  Their strong commitment is to provide the most comprehensive, user friendly background screening program for churches at the lowest possible rates, leaving more resources to be spent on ministry.

Visit their website for more information.

Brotherhood Mutual Insurance

 Converge Benevolent Fund

The Converge Benevolent Fund was created to demonstrate compassionate love by providing financial assistance for our pastors, missionaries, chaplains, retirees and their families in times of crisis.

In the past, benevolent funds have been used to:

  • Provide additional counseling for pastoral couples and families
  • Assist pastoral couples with overdue medical bills beyond their ability to pay
  • Help extend visas for one of our cultural pastors
  • Bring relief for several churches experiencing financial difficulties and unable to pay salaries for a time
  • Provide monthly stipends for low-income widows or widowers
  • Supplement quarterly retirement plan payments for cultural church pastors with incomes below $25,000
 
Administrative Resources

Organizational Document Samples

Federal ID Number

Obtain a federal tax ID number (also known as an Employer Identification Number) through Form SS-4. Do this online at www.irs.gov you will receive your Fed ID immediately. You will need this before you can open your bank accounts.

Articles of Incorporation

Become incorporated through the state of Colorado. Do this online at www.sos.state.co.usLook for the “Articles of Incorporation for Nonprofits.” You will need your Fed ID Number, constitution/by-laws and your dissolution designation form.

By-Laws

Example

501 3c Non-Profit Status

Apply for the blanket 501(c) 3 through the federal government.  Download Form 1024 and the instructions from www.irs.gov.  The fee depends on your gross receipts. If the receipts are expected to be under $10,000 for the next four years, the fee is $400. If the receipts will be over $10,000 in the next four years, the fee is $850. You will not have to file any annual tax reports with IRS as long officially recognized as a nonprofit.  If you are in the district you can apply to use Converge Worldwide’s 501C3.  Contact Kris Van Wormer for this.

Bulk mail Permits

Permit Application

Other Resources

Keeping Church Records

Baptism Overview

Need something that you don't see here? Email the CRM office and we will try to upload it for you.

Communication Resources

On-line Resources

These websites offer great information and resources on how to make communication count with your congregation.

Church Juice  offers free resources to help churches communicate better. No matter the medium, it’s time to be intentional about reaching your congregation and community.

Pro Church Tools has a variety of resources from articles, podcasts and videos that offer insight into everything from effective communication with your congregation to new trends and statistics in the church.

Digital Newsletter Examples

Digital newsletters are a great way to keep people up to date on events in between Sundays. 

CRM Ascent 

Written Communication Tips & Examples

Church Juice provides great insights on how to keep your written communication succinct and effective. 

Christmas Pastor Gift Letter examples:

Below are a few examples of Christmas Pastor Gift Letter examples.

Village Baptist Christmas Letter

Bethel Baptist Church

Mtn View Bible's Christmas Letter

Generosity & Stewardship

A generous heart is one the clearest signs that a person is a fully devoted follower of Christ. Converge Rocky Mountain desires to assist pastors and churches in maximizing their financial resources, as well as, raising up bighearted believers who freely share God's blessings with others.

Establishing Credible Church Financial Systems

What is the difference between a financial secretary and a treasurer?  Can the same person carry out both responsibilities? What is the best way to count the weekly offering? How can you safeguard your church against mishandling of funds? Where is the safest place to store unused checks?  How do you safely transport funds to the bank?  How do you set up direct deposit for your regular givers? These questions and more can be handled through a financial coaching consultation with Converge Rocky Mountain.

Contact Chris Thiessen for more information.

Internal Controls Overview

Church/Ministry Planters Checklist for Financial Development

Capitol Campaigns and Donor Development

Raising substantial funds is a needed and necessary part of leading a congregation. Most pastors, however, have very little training in this area. Below are resources to help with this process.

Dr. George Brushaber

President Emeritus of Bethel University and Senior Stewardship Consultant with Converge Rocky Mountain.  Dr. Brushaber is available to interact with you on your church’s major project needs. He is also available to discuss estate planning, trusts, special gifts and property acquisition.

Contact Dr. Brushaber at 651-429-1594 to set up an appointment.

Dickerson, Bakker &Associates - Rich Peil

A Graduate of Bethel University, Rich has been working in vocational ministry for over 27 years. He is the Senior Consulting Associate at Dickerson, Bakker & Associates where they provide innovative solutions to help fuel your mission with fundraising success. For more information, visit their website.

Contact Rich Peil to set up an appointment. He can also be reached at 720-402-6880.

Cornerstone Fund - Doug Peck

Doug Peck is the Executive Director of Capital Campaign Services for the CWW Cornerstone Fund. He can assist your church leaders in funding their ministry dreams revealed in God’s vision through capital campaign consulting. Capital Campaign Services delivers, Giving Confidence, our success model for growing generosity in the church. 

Contact Doug Peck to set up an appointment. He can also be reached at 847-879-3519.

Converge Rocky Mountain Foundation

The RMBC Foundation was initially set up to fund church planting and camping needs within Converge Rocky Mountain. The Foundation board is exploring ways to further develop the Foundation to make it a more effective tool for accomplishing the Converge Rocky Mountain vision and providing an investment opportunity for Converge Rocky Mountain financial partners.

Need something that you don't see here? Email the CRM office and we will try to upload it for you!

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Retreat Resources

These retreat locations are available to CRM Pastors.

4 Eagle Ranch4 Eagle Ranch is only 24 miles from Vail Village and 15 miles from Beaver Creek. Our easily accessible location, combined with excellent facilities, great food and service have given countless groups and individuals an unforgettable experience rich in history and tradition. Transformed in 1991 as an entertainment venue for private group functions, 4 Eagle specializes in corporate parties, weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, family reunions and other gatherings.

(970) 926-3372 | info@4eagleranch.com | www.4eagleranch.com

Marketing & Design

Converge Rocky Mountain has formed ministry partnerships with branding/marketing firms to assist your church in presenting yourself to your community in an effective way. Be sure to mention you are a Converge Rocky Mountain church.

Holmgren Design

Sandi Holmgren has been a part of two Converge church plants in addition to her design work for Converge Rocky Mountain.

Phone: (651) 433-3943
Email:
info@holmgrendesign.com

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