Woods Chapel at Lee’s Summit was the gathering place for Missouri Conference pastors and staff for 48 hours, as they came together in a spirit of renewal for Converge 2012.
The event was organized by Rev. Jim Downing, pastor for First UMC Sedalia.
“It was amazing!” Downing said. “God showed up in a powerful way as over 200 pastors, staff and persons in various ministries came to CONVERGE 2012. What an incredible time of learning about and experiencing the power of prayer.”
Keynote speakers for the event were Rev. Mark Batterson of National Community Church in Washington DC and Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John’s UMC in Houston, Texas. The worship leader was Kristin Killion, a singer from Oklahoma. Violinist David Klinkenberg provided music one evening. The final day included a service of communion with Bishop Robert Schnase.
“The little things Jim (Downing) does when he puts together an event touch me,” said Karen Hayden, Missouri Conference Director of Pastoral Excellence. “My favorite part was the second day, when everyone had time to just be together. We also had some great workshops led by Missouri Conference pastors.”
Downing expressed appreciation for the gracious hosting provided by the pastors and staff at Woods Chapel, and to everyone who helped.
“Thanks to all who prayed, worked, attended and made this a memorable time together,” he said.
Videos from the event are available online at www.theconverge.com. Converge One Day will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 14 at the Missouri Theater in Columbia, and will feature Andy Crouch as the keynote speaker.
Converge 2013 will be in St. Louis September 9-11, 2013.