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Reach FAQ

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Why is it called a “Summit”?

From its inception, the New Church Development Teams of the Michigan Area wanted this event to be different. REACH Summit is the beginning of a year-long relationship of ongoing support through a REACH Network Group or coaching. The "Summit" is just the gateway into the network. When people attend conferences they often leave with "Post Conference Stress Syndrome."  The exciting ideas and concepts learned and discussed at the conference are often no where near the reality of their local church right now, and they may feel overwhelmed. The “conference” part of the REACH Summit really is just the net that we’re casting for the REACH Network Groups. We want to equip you with relationships and tools over a year-long process that will help you accomplish the goal of reaching more people for Jesus Christ.  “Summit” felt like a great name to describe that intention.

Can I attend the REACH Summit, but not join the REACH Network Group?

Yes. Come and be inspired and equipped over these two days. There’s no requirement to join a network group. Of course, we think that will be like eating the appetizer and not actually getting to the entrée!

Can I join the REACH Network Group without attending the REACH Summit?

Absolutely! If you look over the website and see a vision track that really grabs your imagination, there’s nothing keeping you from joining that REACH Network Group even if you can’t make the REACH Summit. In this case, you’re missing the appetizer but getting the entrée!

Will the Workshops just be advertisements for the REACH Network Group?

No!  Each of the workshops on Saturday are designed to give you practical tools that you can use when you get back home. Those practical tools and your experience in the workshop will give you a taste or a preview of knowledge you’ll gain by joining a REACH Network Group.

Can clergy and laity attend the REACH Summit?

Absolutely!  We think that’s the best way to attend. Bring your whole leadership team with you.

Is the follow-up REACH Network Group just for clergy or can laity attend as well?

Each REACH Network Group is different. You’ll have the opportunity to attend two workshops on Saturday and this question will be answered during that session.

Can I just come on Saturday?

Yes. We wanted to begin with worship and inspirational teaching on Friday night. You can come just for Saturday, but we think you'll miss being inspired by the special evening we have planned. Of course, everyone’s schedules are different. You can also come just for Friday night.

Is childcare available?

Yes. The deadline for childcare is October 1st. Parents should pack their child a lunch, snack, and water bottle for Saturday. Please indicate on your registration that you need childcare.

Do I have to be interested in church planting to benefit from the REACH Summit or a REACH Network Group?

No. That’s we called it a "REACH Summit” and not a “Church Planting Summit.”  Every church is called to reach more people and REACH Summit has a lot to offer to help every church accomplish this. Of course, you just might be inspired for your church to plant a church in one of many ways!

Is there a Preferred Hotel for Reach Summit?

Yes. A block of rooms have been set aside at the Hyatt Place Detroit/Auburn Hills located at 1545 North Opdyke Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326. Guests can call the hotel directly at (248)475-9393 using the name "Michigan Conference United Methodist Church". Alternatively, guests are able to book online using the code "G-UMC1" under the Corporate or Group Code using the following link: 

Is the Schedule Available for Reach Summit?

Yes. The following link includes a downloadable schedule of events. 2019 Reach Summit Schedule

Will on-site registration be available?

We hope to offer on-site registration, however, we cannot guarantee that we will have room available for extra registrants on the day of the event.  To ensure that you are able to attend, it would be best to register in advance.