Converge Placement Network
We believe that finding a Lead Pastor for your church is one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a body. The Converge Placement Network exists to help you make that decision with wisdom, knowledge and Spirit-led confidence. In partnership with the Ministry Placement Network of the Center for Church Effectiveness, we have developed what we believe to be the most thorough process you could use to find your next pastor. We guide your search team and leadership board through a six-step process that will help you understand who you are as a congregation and what type of pastor will best serve you in your next season of ministry.
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.
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
Pastoral Retreat Resource
Retreat locations are available to CRM Pastors.
4 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.
Steps to Ordination
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.
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 sizable 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.