You are invited to become part of the Upper Room Community. As a church leader, you are the most valuable resource to the church in our region. The Luminex Group wants to provide an experience to help you be healthy and effective in your ministry.

We believe the highest priority in our calling is to equip and encourage church leaders for superlative ministry in rapidly changing, highly volatile times. We know that ministry and leadership stresses have reached critical levels, and many church leaders are bordering on burnout. Our deep concern for the health of church leaders led us to create a year-long opportunity to focus on your health, building relationships and focusing on God’s transcendent work in and through you in these difficult times.

We invite you and members of your leadership team, ordained, commissioned or not, to participate monthly.

The Upper Room Community is a group experience designed for church leaders who would benefit from supportive and encouraging relationships, and opportunities to share struggles and stresses of ministry today. We will meet once per month, on the third Thursday of each month, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Here is a sample agenda:

10 AM: Greet and gather time
10:30 Dialogue session (triads)
11:45 Lunch
12:45 Applications (large group discussion)
2:30 Reflection and feedback

As you can see, the focus is primarily on creating opportunities for dialogue and relationship building. Our dialogue will focus on a different topic each month.

Here are the monthly topics we will address:
Engaging Culture

We invite you to join us, beginning September 21, 2023 at the Michigan Regional Center, 4500 60th Street SE, Grand Rapids. We ask that you contribute $25 per monthly session to help us “pay it forward” for future groups. Our prayer is that you will discover the relationships, the stress-reduced environment, and focus on helping you be healthy and effective will bear fruit in your life and ministry.

To participate in this twelve-month community (September, 2023 through August, 2024), simply respond to this invitation by emailing John Messer at

We look forward to hearing from you!

God bless you.

The Luminex Group
John Messer
Tom Grabill