Recharge your heart for day-after-day ministry. Sign up for RECOURAGE today!





Keeping a healthy heart is hard as we serve in ministry day after day. It doesn’t take long to find ourselves drained.

As a leader–faithfulness matters . . . consistency matters . . . longevity matters.

Join Ada Bible Church’s Senior Pastor Jeff Manion, Woodside Bible Church Senior Pastor Chris Brooks, author Gordon MacDonald and retired pastor Bob Merritt as they share essential tools to strengthen our hearts as we overcome challenges to faithfulness in serving.

RECOURAGE is a 1-day conference to recharge you and your heart as a ministry leader.

Choose from one of our host locations or (NEW) watch online for RECOURAGE.

Partnering host churches are in Michigan and Wisconsin. REGISTER TODAY for a host location or to watch online.

February 3, 2022
9 am—4:45 pm

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Our Speakers


Jeff Manion ( has served for 36+ years as Senior Pastor of multi-campus Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI.

He is the author of The Land BetweenSatisfied and Dream Big, Think Small.

His great joy is digging deeply into Scripture and passionately teaching the story of the Bible in a clear and relevant way.

Jeff and his wife, Chris, have three adult children and are proud grandparents. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Connect with Jeff @manionjeff on Instagram.



Dr. Gordon MacDonald served as chancellor of Denver Seminary for ten years and as pastor more than 40 years.

He is the author of 20+ books including Ordering Your Private World, which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. Some of his other books include Secrets of a Generous LifeThe Life God BlessesRenewing Your Spiritual PassionWhen Men Think Private ThoughtsMid-Course CorrectionWho Stole My ChurchBuilding Below the Waterline and Going Deeper.

He frequently speaks and teaches pastors, leaders and others around the world.

Married 58 years, Gordon and Gail MacDonald live in Concord, New Hampshire. Their greatest delight is their two married children and five grandchildren.



Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible in metro Detroit, MI with fourteen campuses and nearly 11,000 weekly worshipers.

He is the author of the books Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. His popular radio show (Equipped with Chris Brooks) is broadcasted in 200+ stations throughout the USA and Canada. Chris encourages listeners to live impactful Christian lives amid our quickly changing world.

Chris and his wife, Yodit, are the parents of six children. They live near Detroit, MI.

Find Chris at




Bob Merritt is a retired senior pastor of Eagle Brook Church in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. He led the church through a period of explosive growth to an average attendance of 25,000 people. In his messages, he tackled tough relevant topics and answered life-changing questions about faith, family, culture and much more.

He is the author of several books including Done With That and Get Wise.

Bob and his wife, Laurie, live in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and have two adult children.

ReCourage Highlights



We just completed staff meeting and cannot stop talking about how positive this conference was to our souls!




The journal coaching was game-changing. No one has ever taught me how to do what Jeff taught us.”




“All six of our pastors agree that it was the BEST conference we have ever attended (and we’ve been to quite a few).  Our only regret was that the entire team (the other 5 people) did not come and that is because they had responsibilities at a conference we were hosting!




ReCourage FAQ

  • What is the schedule for ReCourage?


    8:15 – 9 AM Check-in and Breakfast

    9 – 10:15 AM Session 1: Welcome, Jeff Manion

    10:15 – 10:45 Morning Break

    10:45 – 11:45 AM Session 2: Dr. Gordon MacDonald

    11:45 – 12:45 PM Lunch Break (lunch included with each ticket)

    12:45 – 1:50 PM Session 3: Chris Brooks

    1:50 – 2:15 PM Afternoon Break

    2:15 – 3 PM Session 4: Bob Merritt

    3 – 4 PM Closing Session: Jeff Manion


    * Updates will be posted as confirmed.
    + All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST). Wisconsin site will have a delay.

  • Where is the ReCourage being held?


    Join us in person at the Ada Bible Church East Paris Campus (1640 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI) or the host site listed below.


    Spring Creek Church
    n35w22000 W Capitol Drive, Pewaukee, WI

  • What if I need help with the cost?

    This conference is so important to people in church vocational ministries that we do not want the conference fees to prohibit ministries from sending staff. Financial assistance is available for those who need help.

    Please send us an email to let us know.

  • What happens if I need to cancel my registration?

    Please send us an email if you find you need to cancel your registration for any reason. We’ll get back with you with details.

Host Sites

RECOURAGE is in person at Ada Bible Church’s East Paris Campus located at 1640 East Paris Ave SE in Grand Rapids.


Spring Creek Church located at n35w22000 W Capitol Dr. in Pewaukee, WI

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