ReCourage 2024

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 7 from
 9 am – 3:30 pm 
Online + Spring Creek Church (WI)
(In-person at East Paris (MI) is full)

The schedule of events for RECOURAGE 2024 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 and Worship Leader



Jeff Manion has served for 40+ years at the multi-campus Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. 

He is the author of The Land Between, Satisfied and Dream Big, Think Small. Jeff is passionate about training and motivating leaders. He firmly believes in the strength of slow and consistent faithfulness. 

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



Dan Seaborn established Winning at Home in 1995 with the aim of supporting marriages and families through speaking events, counseling, coaching and media resources. Dan delivers captivating and motivational presentations by sharing his own experiences and challenges with family life. 

Dan has authored more than 15 books about marriage and family, and his advice is aired on 350+ radio stations throughout the US.   

Dan and his wife Jane live in Zeeland, MI. They have four adult children and seven 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 pastor of Eagle Brook Church in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He led the church from 300 to 28,000 people, tackling tough topics and providing answers to life-changing questions. 

Today, Bob helps pastors and churches navigate the challenges of leadership and has written books such as Done With That and Get Wise.

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


ReCourageDebra Perry and Majestic Praise share a profound bond of faith that shines through their music. They come from different ministries in the greater Grand Rapids area, but bring their talents together to inspire and encourage ministry leaders through their soul-stirring performances.

The chorale has graced the stage with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Westshore Symphony, and at Chicago’s House of Blues. They have shared the stage some of the greatest Gospel artists. Their mission to spread hope and positivity through their music is truly inspiring, and their unwavering commitment to their faith is an inspiration to all who witness their performances. 

ReCourage Schedule


ReCourage FAQ

  • What is the schedule for ReCourage?


    8:15 – 9:00 am | Check-In + Continental Breakfast

    9:00am-10:15am | Session 1 – Jeff Manion

    10:15-10:45am | Break 1

    10:45-11:50am | Session 2 – Bob Merritt

    11:50am-12:50pm | Lunch

    1-2pm | Session 3 – Carlton Harris

    2pm-2:20pm | Break 2

    2:20-3:30pm | Session 4 – Dan Seaborn

    * 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.