Verge Network exists to equip leaders for mission. Verge Network is for church leaders, students, entrepreneurs, artists, urban innovators, business leaders, community development specialists, non-profit leaders, church planters and everyday leaders – anyone pursuing the mission of God, in community, whatever the context, for the sake of the Gospel.
Verge leaders and churches are engaged in the mission of God, centered around the gospel, in community, and understand the value of staying current on issues surrounding the mission of God. Verge Network has a passionate and engaged audience of leaders who want to see the Gospel change them, change their communities, change the neighbors and change the world.
With over 250,000 members, students and subscribers you are joining an incredible tribe of missional leaders who also want to see God change their worlds.
Where to start
Maybe you have a desire to make a difference… Maybe you’re tired of the status quo and want to see things change… but where do you start?
There are a ton of resources on our website that can help you get started. Go up to the menu bar and browse through the different channels where we have curated articles, videos and stories for you. Here are a few channels you can start with: Missional, Leadership, and Justice just to name a few.
Download a Library of free Books and Reports by becoming a MyVerge Member (it’s free!). Just click here to get started.
Join Verge Lab, an advanced missional training and networking community designed to help you live on mission, lead redemptively and multiply disciples. With dozens of Master Classes, webinar trainings and peer-to-peer interaction, this is an incredible tribe of missional leaders. Just click here to get started.
Take our online disciplemaking course called Disciplemaking Blueprint. Just click here to get on the invite list.
Before Verge was what it is today, it was a small gathering of missional leaders at The Austin Stone Community Church. As the Austin Stone was transitioning to becoming a church of missional communities, the missional community leaders would gather twice a year for equipping and training. Quickly realizing that leaders from all over the country were attending these Austin Stone training events, the Verge Conference was launched .
Verge Conference was launched in 2010 as a gathering for people engaged in the mission of God with the gospel in their every day context. Our first year we sold out three weeks in advance with more than 2,000 attendees and nearly 3,000 people from 11 countries engaged online via livestream.
The conference prompted Verge Network which champions movements of gospel-centered missional communities and missional leaders by offering timely and topical information, video, interviews, articles and on-going dialogue about living on mission, in community, centered around the gospel.
In 2011 Verge partnered with Exponential, the largest church planting conference in the U.S., to equip 4000+ leaders to learn what it means to live out the gospel on mission in community.
In 2012, Verge was back in Austin and the theme was For The Gospel, For The City, For The Nations. Around 2000 people gathered to learn from leaders like David Platt, Matt Carter, Jo Saxton, Dr. John Perkins, Propaganda, Alan Hirsch, Mike Breen, Hugh Halter, Neil Cole and many more. Verge 2012 was not just in Austin, though. Through livestream, the conference had almost 1000 multi-sites in 49 countries with nearly 30,000 people participating worldwide. It was then that we realized that Verge was now a global phenomenon.
On March 1-2, 2013 we gathered to be challenged to make and multiply disciples. The theme was Disciple Making, and it was incredible to see over 30,000 people from all over the world join us via Webcast! And in 2014 the theme of our national Conference was ‘Redeemed to Redeem’. At the end of 2014 we merged with the For The City Network with the intent of growing our resources while also improving our infrastructure.
In 2016 we hosted 4 Regional Conferences in Austin, Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle. And in 2017 we launched our Verge Intensives. Verge Intensives are a different type of Verge event that are designed to deep-dive on a specific topics (like Missional Communities or Race in America), while focusing on answering the practical how-to and what-about questions we just aren’t able to cover at our larger events.
Verge is for everyday people and leaders who are pursuing the mission of God with the gospel in their context. Verge leaders and churches are engaged in the mission of God, centered around the gospel, in community, and understand the value of staying connected.