From its beginning Evangel has been associated with Converge Worldwide (known then as the Baptist General Conference). This page covers the global organization, the MidAmerica district, and Bethel University and Seminary.

Converge Worldwide

Converge is a Movement of more than 1,000 churches, about 10% as church plants and one-quarter representing ethnic congregations (for the latest figures, see the Facts and Info page of the Converge Worldwide website).

We're a movement of churches working together to strengthen and start more churches. Our mission is to multiply transformational churches and we do that using these key ministry strategies:

Grow Spiritually. It is Christ who builds his church. Because that’s true, we want everything we do to display our desire to glorify God by trusting in the power of his Word, his Spirit, his Son and his delight in prevailing prayer. We are committed to prayer and spiritual transformation.

Plant Churches. Because we believe the life of Christ is meant to be reproduced from life to life and church to church, we are committed to planting new congregations. We believe it’s the most effective evangelism strategy for seeing the gospel brought into communities and people groups. We are committed to planting multiplying movements of church planting around the world.

Mobilize Churches. We want to see existing churches mobilized for mission. One way we do this is through coaching church leaders to build healthy community and healthy leadership. They then pray and strategize to seek God’s vision for building bridges into their communities. We are committed to strengthening churches.

Develop Leaders. We believe transformational churches are well-led churches. We want to see transformational leaders multiplied for our churches across the United States as well as movements all over the world. We provide many opportunities for our pastors and leaders to network and learn from each other.

Show Compassion. We don’t want people to only hear the gospel, we want them to experience Christ’s love firsthand as we practically respond to their needs. Through a variety of means we resource congregations and movements to show compassion—treating people not as projects, but as people God loves.

Reach Nations. We want to see the nations of the world transformed by the love of Christ. Our churches send out missionaries to the corners of the globe but they also work in their own communities to reach the diverse people groups living nearby.

Live Generously. Generosity is about much more than teaching people about stewardship. It’s about raising up generous communities of faith. About displaying the generous character of God’s heart and person, so that our ministries are filled with faith and vision. Our movement is committed to living generously.

These core ministries work together to resource churches and movements of churches—to see lives and communities changed by the power of the gospel. Christ, his cross and the gospel are central to all we do.

The above material is from the About page on the Converge Worldwide website.

Helpful resources:

Converge Point (Quarterly magazine) MyConverge Monthly Highlights Prayer Initiatives
and much more on the Converge Worldwide website

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Converge MidAmerica

Evangel is located in the MidAmerica district of Converge Worldwide. It currently represents about 200 churches in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and parts of Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Tennessee. The district, headquartered in Park Ridge, Illinois, provides a number of activities and services to support its role as "a missional network of gospel driven churches" (principally in the areas of church planting, church health, pastoral coaching and placement).

The MidAmerica district has helped propel Converge Worldwide into the forefront of church planting in America (from evaluation of potential church planters to training, coaching and financial support). For more, see the Converge MidAmerica website.

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Bethel University / Bethel Seminary

Bethel University and Bethel Seminary were founded by and continue to be supported by Converge Worldwide. A number of people from Evangel are Bethel graduates. The following comes from the Bethel website:

At Bethel, we’re a community—working together in Christ’s name so that we can transform our world.

Bethel University has been a leader and model in Christian higher education since 1871. For generations, our fusion of evangelical faith with top-ranked academics has transformed women and men, preparing them for unique callings in the kingdom of God.

With more than 100 academic programs in 2 colleges, a grad school, and a seminary, we're one of the most comprehensive, interdenominational Christian universities in the nation. Our main campus, in the heart of the Twin Cities metro, gives us quick access to service projects, internships, churches, ministry organizations, and tons of local entertainment.

Everything we do at Bethel is guided by our core values, rooted in Scripture. We are Christ-followers, character-builders, truth-seekers, learners, salt and light, reconcilers, and world-changers.

We are, above all, a community—serving and encouraging one another toward our individual potential. Working together in Christ’s name, we become personally transformed so that we can transform our world.

Check out our schools to catch a glimpse of why our 6,500 students choose Bethel:

The above material is from the About page on the Bethel website.

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