• Unfiltered: Real Church Planting Conversations Equipping Lab

    Only $59

    a dynamic, interactive experience hosted by Converge for receiving training, tips, and practical wisdom from experienced church planting leaders.


Unfiltered: Real Church Planting Conversations

An Equipping Lab for Church Leaders

As a church planter, you want to grow your church’s reach in the community. You also need to build relationships with other church planters who will support and encourage you. Join in real conversations with real church planters and leaders who are in the trenches of church planting.


February 26-27, 2018


Monday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 11:30am


3000 S John Young Pkwy
Orlando, FL


Scott Ridout, Lee Stephenson, Danny Parmelee, Rod Hairston, and Nate Hettinga

The Topics

For Church Planters

Develop leaders and staff
Become a multiplying church
Maintain healthy rhythms in your marriage
Create a culture of generosity
Go from portable to permanent
Walk through seasons of pain in ministry

A great way to invest in your church. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to be inspired, equipped, and empowered to PLANT CHURCHES!

The Challenge

Our Need for Church Planting Training

“Launching a healthy church is a daunting task for most ministry leaders. In developing a plan and managing over 400 individual tasks, most church planters become overwhelmed on the administrative details and don’t spend enough time focused on people and relationships. Training on how to develop and manage a solid launch plan is vital!”

Todd Wilson, CEO and Co-Founder of Exponential


Church Planting Practitioners

Scott Ridout

Scott Ridout

Scott Ridout is the president of Converge. A graduate of Virginia Tech and Columbia International University, he and his wife Lisa led Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert, Arizona, from 1998 to 2014. Sun Valley has grown from 375 to roughly 5000 attendees on three campuses under his leadership. Previously, Scott served six years as a Converge overseer, including two years as chairman. He has been a co-leader of the Vision Arizona church planting team since 1998, and has led Converge Generosity since 2008.

Lee Stephenson

Lee Stephenson

Lee Stephenson is the Executive Director of Church Planting for Converge. Lee earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in ministry from Bethel College (Mishawaka, Indiana). He has been in pastoral ministries since 1998. Lee and his wife Melissa started and led Harvest Community Church, Mesa, Arizona, from 2009 to 2015. He also served on the Vision Arizona church planting LEAD Team and is a go-to coach for church leadership and planting.

Danny Parmelee

Danny Parmelee

Danny Parmelee was the church planter and lead pastor of epikos church in Milwaukee, WI from 2005-2017. What started in his living room as a bible study grew into a multi-site, multi-ethnic congregation of 2,000. He currently oversees church planting for Converge MidAmerica. He is a co-host on the podcast "Unfiltered" and is a contributing author on the church planting blog A Mustard Tree.

Rod Hairston

Rod Hairston

As the founding pastor of Messiah Community Church, Pastor Rod passionately engages people with practical teaching and encourages people to live authentic lives that make a difference. He believes a healthy and vibrant church community that emphasizes clear biblical teaching, emotional wholeness, and gracious community is the best way to transform lives. Of all the places one can go, church should be the most creative, excellent, and exciting, place in the community.

Nate Hettinga

Nate Hettinga

Dr. Nate Hettinga has been married to his high school crush for 29 years. They have 6 kids (2 via adoption) and one amazing grandson. Nate planted Cascade Church in Monroe, WA 20 years ago, and Cascade has 20 daughter and granddaughter churches located primarily in Washington State. Nate leads Converge Northwest Church Planting and loves to read, fish, bow-hunt and hang with family.

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