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May/June 2021


Think Like a Church Plant

by Amy Schenkel

Recently Pastor Tim Keller said that post-Covid, every church will need to think like a church plant.  If you’re in an established church, do you wonder what he meant by that statement?  I asked two of the church planters in our Great Lakes region to share with us what it means to them:

From Jon Huizenga, pastor at Rise Up Church in Cedar Springs, MI:

Four things come to mind:

1. Church plants allow their Pastors to lead.  A church plant pastor is looked at less like an employee and more like an expedition leader.

2. Church plants experiment and evaluate. They are willing to try something not tried before and then ask, “What went well? What didn’t go so well? What would we change? What shall we try next?”

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Celebrate our New Church Plant!

Encounter- Fulton Heights

Celebrate with us the newest church plant in the Great Lakes Region: Encounter- Fulton Heights! This satellite church plant is parented by Encounter Church in Kentwood, MI, and lead by Joe Hayes.  We pray that the Spirit will work through this partnership to reach the Fulton Heights community with the love and grace of Jesus Christ!
New Opportunity to Join our Great Lakes Regional Team

We currently have several Local Mission Leaders on our team:
Carla Bieber(
Scott Geurink(
John Mondi(
Al Mulder (
Scott Stark(
Mark Van Andel(
And now we need a Local Mission Leader who will be focused on church planting in our region. Could this person be you or someone that you know?

Check out the Job Posting and/or forward on to anyone that could be interested.

Resource Spotlight

Looking for More Resources about How to Lead Your Congregation post-Covid?

Book: How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going by Susan Beaumont
Article: 12 Questions Resilient Church Leaders are Asking from Resonate's partner, Fresh Expressions
Article: One Year Later: What Has the Church Learned? from Resonate's partner, Missio Alliance
Presentation: The Future of Church After Covid by Carey Nieuwhof
What other wisdom can we gain from church planters about how established churches should approach this post-Covid season? 

At the upcoming Glocal Mission Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a workshop to hear more planters talking about this topic.  If you haven’t registered yet for this free, online event, we encourage you to do so today!
Free Registration for Glocal Mission Summit

Resonate Partners with these Upcoming Events 

Earlier this year, we let you know that Inspire 2021 would be delayed, and we grieved with you when it had to be postponed because of the pandemic and the resulting restrictions on travel. There’s more good news, though: Inspire 2021 has been officially moved to August 4-6, 2022, and will still be held in the Chicago area. More details will follow this fall, but for those interested in some online teasers of what Inspire will be like, we will be offering bite-sized portions of Inspire at noon August 3-6, 2021. Details will be posted at in the coming weeks. Content will be free to all. We hope you will join us for these online sessions this summer and in person next summer at Inspire 2022. 
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