The Regional Synod held its Annual Session on April 8, 2015 at Camp Manitoqua.  Delegates from each classis come together to hear reports, examine vision and direction, and work on ways to help our region get more involved in Transformed and Transforming.  Some highlights were hearing about the diversity of issues and ministry that exist in each classis, the new T&T Learning Communities that some of our churches are participating in, and listening to how we can help make T&T more accessible to our churches.

This year, as you may know, the RCA General Synod will be held in Chicagoland, as it returns to Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights.  In order for Synod to happen well, your help is needed, and there are several ways to be involved.

Rev. Christopher Poest is one of the point-persons for our region in coordinating volunteers and you can contact him either to volunteer or to get more information:


Drivers, and church buses/vans, are needed Wednesday, June 10 & Thursday, June 11 to to shuttle people from O’Hare to Trinity. 

Golf Cart Drivers:

This is often one of the most enjoyable ways to volunteer at Synod. Throughout the week, there will be golf carts to help transport people across Trinity’s campus, but the carts need drivers. 

Host Churches (Sunday, June 14):

Synod delegates will worship at area churches the Sunday of Synod. If you are willing to host delegates, and provide transportation for them to/from church and Trinity, please let me know.

Shopping at IKEA:

Yes, you read that right! Women’s Transformation & Leadership staff are hoping to create a living-room type hospitality area in the vendor display space. We’re looking for a couple of people who can purchase the furniture (you’ll be fully reimbursed), assemble it, and get it to Trinity. Probably a couple of comfy chairs, a coffee table, and the like.

General Synod will be back again next year at the same location, so if you cannot help now, keep this in mind.

News from Camp Manitoqua

Partner with other volunteers for Manitoqua Ministries 12th Annual Camp Work Day.  Camp Manitoqua and King’s Camp work day is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015   Lunch is provided. This year we are in need of experienced chain saw volunteers! More information can be found on our web page,  Please RSVP by April 14 for Camp Manitoqua to 815.469.2319 or for King’s Camp to 815.645.8277

This issue’s story of celebration comes from Pastor Mike Ploeger and Creek Road Community Church.  In this video, Mike talks about the work of the Holy Spirit in using a car dealership and some creative staffing to missionally engage their Wisconsin Community.  You can watch the video HERE.

*We share stories to give glory to God for his work in us and through us.  If you would like to share a story for a future newsletter, please contact

April Schedule:

13:  Synod Staff Meeting/Merrillville, IN

14-16:  COSE/Interchange Partnership Meetings/Omaha, NE

17:  Travel Day

18:  KEZ Meeting/Calvary Reformed Church/Orland Park, IL

19:  CityWave Worship Service

20:  Off

21:  Meeting/Dyer, IN

22-23:  Ridder Integrative Retreat/Muskegon, MI

25:  Meeting/South Holland, IL

26:  Travel Day to Florida

Wayne’s contact information:

10088 Prairie Knoll Ct.

St. John, IN 46373

Mobile: (941) 302-1281


The following are some links you may find helpful…

Death and Resurrection of an Urban Church – Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has redefined what it means to serve its urban community. The approach is simple: See your neighbors as children of God.  They killed off all of their programs and have had fascinating results.

Solving the Reasons Church Teams Often Fail – Even though just about everyone is trying to do ministry through teams, many teams seriously underperform and many people don’t know how to improve their teams.

Pain Partners – Almost 3 out of 4 pastors regularly think about leaving the ministry.  Most leaders have to endure seasonal storms that last for a while and then subside. For pastors, however, the storms never stop. The torrents keep coming. Without a strong, supportive community, pastors wither away under the pressure.

April Schedule:

13:  Synod Staff Meeting/Merrillville, IN

14:  STM Quarterly Meeting; Coaching

15:  Office; Coaching

16:  Office

17:  Office

20:  RSMA Staff Meeting/Merrillville, IN

21:  Office

22-23:  Ridder Integrative Retreat/Muskegon, MI

24: Office

Chad’s Contact Information:

2104 Campbell Street

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Office: (815) 464-9181

Mobile: (765) 237-7678


If someone came to faith at your service Sunday, how would they go about becoming a disciple? Do you have a system or just a vague intention?  

  • How would they know how to enter your Discipleship Pathway?   What could they expect? 
  • Is your D.P.  simple and easy to engage?   
  • Is your D.P. readily available for a person to engage any time of the year?
  • Does your D.P. provide simple instruction of the basics of Christian faith?
  • Does your D.P. provide more advanced instruction for a person who wants to mature further?
  • How does your preaching fit into your D.P.?   

Jesus wants us to make disciples.  The making part requires real intentional planning.

How are we doing?

Ben Ingebretson has been facilitating the church planting movement since 2013.

Ben’s Contact Information:

765 Eastridge Dr. NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Mobile: (616) 481-7566


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