ReCourage 2023

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 our Speaker Team 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.

March 2 from
 9 am – 3:30 pm 
East Paris Campus (MI) + Spring Creek Church (WI)

The schedule of events for RECOURAGE 2023 can be found here.

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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!




Speakers + Worship Leaders


Jeff Manion ( has served for 30+ years as Senior Pastor of multi-campus Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI.

He is the author of The Land Between, Satisfied 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, MI. 

Connect with Jeff on Instagram. 



J Kevin Butcher was a lead pastor for 35 years in churches of various sizes—the last 16 years in urban Detroit. He is founder and executive director of Rooted Ministries, an organization that comes alongside isolated, wounded and discouraged pastors and their families to help them experience the deep love of God through abiding in Jesus.  

He is the author of several books including Free: Rescued from Shame-Based Religion, Released Into the Life-giving Love of Jesus and Choose and Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God’s Love.

Kevin and his wife, Carla, live in Denver, CO. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law and six grandchildren.  



Carlton Harris started ministry in 1981 as a pastoral intern at First Evangelical Free Church in Wichita, Kansas, and has spent 40 years in church leadership. He began his role as Executive Vice President of National Ministries for the Evangelical Free Church of America in September 2021.  

Carlton and his wife Carol live in Minneapolis, MN. They have three married children and seven grandchildren.  




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, MN. They have two adult children and six grandchildren. 


Guest Worship Leaders



Amber Ramsey is a worship leader and spoken word artist on staff at Brightmoor Christian Church in Detroit, MI.  As a worship leader, she seeks to disciple others towards using their artistic gifts for God’s glory.  Amber is passionate about raising up the next generation of Church leaders to worship God together.



Marquese Allen aka Quese is a published singer, rapper, worship leader and songwriter.  He fosters a culture of unity and hope through his ministry on staff at The Edge Urban Fellowship in Grand Rapids, MI. As a recording rap artist, Quese brings vulnerability and truth to his music as an expression of God’s grace in his life.

ReCourage Schedule

ReCourage FAQ

  • What is the schedule for ReCourage?


    8:15 – 9 am | Check-In + Continental Breakfast

    9 am | Worship

    9:40 am | Session 1 – Carlton Harris: Life-Giving Power of Friendships

    10:50 am | Break

    11:20 am | Worship

    11:30 am | Session 2 – Kevin Butcher: The Love of the Father

    12:30 – 1:30 pm | Lunch

    1:15 pm | Worship

    1:30 pm | Session 3 – Bob Merritt: Finding Strength in Weakness

    2:25 pm | Worship

    2:30 pm | Closing – Jeff Manion

    * Updates will be posted as confirmed.
    + All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST). The Pewaukee, WI site will be 1 hour before each time listed.

  • 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.