Designated geographic or people group clusters form the basis for LEAD networks. LEAD network meetings are available for leaders of strategic ministries including: Senior Pastors, Worship, Prayer, Children, Youth, Women, Senior Adults, Missions, Technology, Administration and Stewardship. Each LEAD network cluster meets regularly for Learning, Encouragement, Achieving S3 goals, and Dreaming about future ministry opportunities.
Personality and strength tests:
Church Growth Gifts Test
Converge Rocky Mountain wants to assist your church in reaching its full God-given potential. Contact the office to learn more about these helpful resources.
For Your Church
- Church Consultations
- Natural Church Development Inventory
- Church-wide Assessments / SWOT Analysis
- Church Health Diagnosis
- Conflict Consultation
- The Church Life Cycle
- Breaking Growth Barriers
- ReTool Kit
For Your Staff/Volunteers
- Personality Inventories
- Leadership Inventories
- DISC Inventories
- Leadership Board Consults
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.
A Commitment to Biblical Conflict Resolution - Peacemaker's Promise
Leadership Relationship Covenant
Sexual Misconduct and Restoration Policies
Recommended Policy Statement on Sexual Misconduct for Local Churches of the Baptist General Conference
Converge Rocky Mountain assists pastors and their families with their spiritual, physical and emotional needs. Marriage intensives and ReVive Us Summits are available for couples in the midst of a particularly difficult season of life. The district also helps with church conflict issues and team-building.
Recommended Converge Rocky Mountain Ministry Partners
Quiet Waters CareLine
The CareLine is a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week professional, confidential and complimentary telephone counseling and referral service for Converge Rocky Mountain pastors and their families. That means day or night, every day of the year, a professional counselor is prepared to listen and provide help for pastoral staff and their families.
By simply calling 1.866.526.2222 (toll free) they will be put in touch with a licensed doctor or master’s level counselor within four hours.
Southwest Counseling Associates
Everyone needs help at times to heal, grow and find direction. To meet this need, Mission Hills Church of Littleton, Colorado, established Southwest Counseling Associates in 1986 as a non-profit extension ministry. SCA maintains its partnership with Mission Hills while pursuing opportunities to work with other churches in the greater Denver area and the Front Range. Phone: 303.730.1717
Reigning Peace Ministries
Reigning Peace Ministries is a nonprofit 501c3 tax-exempt organization, established to provide assistance to people seeking peace through conflict resolution with God, within and with others. We provide counseling, conflict coaching and mediations for all types of issues including, but not limited to; individuals, marriages, families, divorce, couples, pre-marital, business and church interventions. We also provide addiction and grief counseling.
Reigning Peace Ministries is committed to a Gospel based, Biblical process geared to unveil heart issues where idols live and thrive to wreak havoc on one’s emotional, spiritual and physical life. To learn more about Reigning Peace Ministries, please contact KC Dierenfield. Phone: 720.436.1009 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.reigningpeace.org
For more resources, contact the CRM office
As a district, it is our prayerful desire that all our pastors and churches experience vital and growing partnerships. For that reason, we seek to use the best resources available, ever dependent on God's sovereign direction, to connect the "right leader with the right church at the right time"
Licensing for Ministry
Licensing is a function of the local church and is for a specific ministry setting and calling. The person desiring licensing should submit the following to their Church Board (or the congregation if the church so desires):
- 1 page statement highlighting their conversion and call to ministry
- 4-8 page self-written doctrinal statement of major doctrines (check with your Converge Region Ordination Handbook for key areas to cover).
The approval for licensing must be part of the Church Board’s official minutes. A copy of the minutes should be maintained by the Church and a copy retained by the person being licensed. There are two types of licensing:
- For the ministry while affiliated with the licensing church. The person’s license is no longer valid after leaving the licensing church.
- For the Gospel ministry from the date of licensing forward.
In the event “For the Gospel ministry from the date of licensing forward” is selected, the church would have the right to revoke the license in the event it should become necessary due to such issues as heretical teaching or moral failure. If that step is taken, a letter stating the license has been revoked must be sent to the licensee.
**Within two years of being licensed or ordained, the pastor may file for exemption from Social Security if his beliefs are consistent with the exemption statement. A tax advisor should be consulted and this should be entered into only with great seriousness.
The ordination process begins and ends with a leader called by God to the Gospel ministry. It also involves the recognition of this call by the local church where the leader is serving. But the Converge Rocky Mountain family of churches and church leaders are also involved in advising the church and in serving the ordination candidate. Thus the ordination process is detailed below for Converge Rocky Mountain churches and leaders:
From the Perspective of the Candidate and Church:
- The candidate's church leadership informs the CRM Executive Minister of its desire to ordain a candidate.
- The Converge regional staff sends the handbook on ordination to the candidate and the ordaining church.
- The Candidate completes a 12-15 page paper outlining their call to ministry, philosophy of ministry and statement of beliefs and sends a copy to the CRM office.
- A pre-ordination team is selected to review the candidate's paper with them.
- After corrections and clarifications are made, an ordination council date is set by the host church. The church also distributes the candidate's paper to all CRM partner congregations.
- The Council meets and recommends that the church proceed or not proceed with ordination.
From the Perspective Converge Rocky Mountain:
- A church requests help with ordination.
- The Converge region leadership responds with the attached handbook.
- The candidate reserves an interview time with pre-ordination team.
- The candidate prepares and sends doctrinal statement.
- The candidate meets with the pre-ordination team.
- Clarifications and corrections are made and redistributed to pre-ordination team.
- Ordination council date is set.
- Converge Rocky Mountain assists the church in distributing candidate's document to all partner churches.
- The Ordination Council is held and a recommendation made to the church's leadership board.
- The church acts to ordain proposed candidate.
For more information on ordination, please refer to the CRM Ordination Handbook.
The Converge Retirement Plan offers two different retirement plans to its pastors, missionaries, district leaders, national staff, and the full-time staff of churches. Many participate in both plans.
Converge Pastors and staff are reaping the benefits of the Retirement Plan’s strong start to 2019. The Plan’s Defined Contribution posted a 8.19% Rate of return through May.
If not already a plan member, joining will assure you of knowing you have a trusted plan that has been serving Converge pastors and staff since 1967 and has a 30-year average investment return of 9%.
Join the plan now by visiting the Converge Retirement Plan website or by calling 877.482.6882.
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Ministry Family Benevolence Fund
Ministry families face a number of unique life challenges. At times, these challenges can become overwhelming. The Converge Rocky Mountain Benevolence Fund distributes thousands of dollars every year to help ministry families receive counseling, make house payments, and receive medical treatments. Every partner church is encouraged to designate one offering a year for the Converge Rocky Mountain Benevolence Fund.
Pastoral Tax Guidance
Publication 517 (2021), Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy and Religious Workers | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)
Publication 570 (2021), Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U.S. Possessions | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)
Other Financial Resources
- Wesleyan Investment Fund/Cornerstone Fund
Investment rates are continuing to rise. If your church is looking to earn more interest on its investments, consider a Church Savings Investment earning 1.75%. Funds can be easily added or withdrawn at any time without penalty.
- Capital Campaigns
It is important for all churches to have a sabbatical policy in place to provide a time of refreshment and renewal for pastors. Below is a guide to planning and implementing a sabbatical leave that will benefit both the pastor and the church from Pinnacle Ministries.
Converge endorses qualified clergypersons to chaplaincy ministry in:
- the military – Army, Navy Air Force (active duty, Reserves, National Guard)
- the Veterans Administration
- the Bureau of Prisons in the Department of Justice
- and to health care institutions (hospitals and hospices)
For more information and the application process go to https://converge.org/chaplaincy