what is the boom network?

The BOOM Network is designed to to help those in ministry connect, allowing for true God-knit friendships to grow and develop! We aren’t meant to do life alone. In fact, God never intended for life and ministry to be a solo sport. Why then do so many individuals in ministry go through life feeling lonely and isolated? Unfortunately, statistics tell us that 70% of Pastors feel as if they don’t have a close friend, which is why The BOOM Network was created in the first place.

We feel so strongly about this that The BOOM Network motto is “Friends don’t let friends do ministry alone!” and our goal is to help cultivate a culture where members experience the 7 “C’s” that we have identified as being important to help you succeed in the important and valuable work that you do.

The 7 C's

  • Celebrated: It's nice to be noticed, cheered on and celebrated!

  • Connected: It's refreshing to get connected to old and new friends and abolish isolation!

  • Collaborate: It's satisfying to collaborate with others in ministry to go from good to great!

  • Coaching: It's rewarding to coach others and share your expertise in areas of ministry!

  • Community: It's fulfilling to find community through heart level conversations and guided discussions at our annual events!

  • Creativity: It's fun to share Spirit-inspired creativity and innovative ideas to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ!

  • Currency: It's wise to share ideas on strategic ways to encourage generosity and marketplace ministries to fund gospel works through local churches and organizations!

We want you to be able to experience firsthand the life enrichment that occurs when connected with people that are brought together by God!

But how does that happen?

We believe that community is established and relationships are formed through spending time together. That’s why we schedule two events a year for the purpose of cultivating friendship, spending time with the Lord, letting your hair down, having fun, resetting your dials and being reminded that you are not alone in the valuable work that you do. Each year, The BOOM network offers two events a year where you get to be with people who “get” your life––peers in ministry––a “tribe”––who love Jesus, are passionate about building His Church and like to have fun! 

Imagine the opportunity to relax, laugh and connect with friends once a year to “do something fun” like, go on an Alaskan cruise, golf in Palm Springs, snorkel in the Bahamas or go shopping in New York City! That’s what The BOOM Network’s Refresh events for Senior Pastors and Ministry Leaders are all about!

Additionally, we met one more time each year at a BOOM Network Member’s church to “sharpen your ax” through hearing from seasoned leaders and engaging in round table discussion and peer learning. Topics discussed would include: growing a church, getting the right building, developing your staff, dealing with cultural changes, making disciples and a million other things. (Not to mention the creative ideas you get by just visiting other churches and seeing how others do ministry.)

Ready to expand your circle of friends and to see your family and staff connecting with others who serve in parallel roles in churches around the world? Can you see it?


A ministry friendship network.
Because, “friends don’t let friends do ministry alone."


jeff & beth jones

founders of the boom network


We are Jeff and Beth Jones, you might know us from Valley Family Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan (or through the Basics books.) We have pioneered and pastored for the past 27 years, and we’ve been married for over 30 years. We’ve always served together as a husband/wife team, while raising four kids who––as it turns out––all love God, feel called to the ministry and have served on staff with us at VFC.

We’re excited about spearheading THE BOOM NETWORK, and we look forward to having some fun together!  

Over the years, we’ve hosted numerous leadership events, conferences, round-tables and gatherings to encourage pastors in their worthy calling. The longer we’re in ministry, the more convinced we are that pastors, their families and staff need more intentional opportunities to cultivate friendships with others who are on the same journey. BOOM is all about that.

One thing we know how to do is have fun!



The statistics on the toll ministry takes on pastors and key leaders are staggering. Can you wrap your head and heart around these stats?

Statistics provided by The Fuller Institute, George Barna, and Pastoral Care Inc.

A BIG DEAL: The number of congregations claiming no denominational affiliation increased from 18% in 1998 to 24% in 2012. While this is great in many ways, it also means there are a lot of church leaders who are targets for isolation, discouragement and loneliness.

Another reason for THE BOOM!

WHO can join the BOOM NETWORK?


Senior Pastors


Executive Leaders Administrators

Licensed Ministers

Pastoral Care

Outreach Staff


Worship Leaders

Children’s Pastors

Student Pastors

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What are the upcoming events?

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Outer Banks | Spring 2017

We met together in a beautiful oceanfront home to have fun, be refreshed and encourage one another in ministry. There was tons of great conversation and an abundance of amazing fresh seafood! It was an incredible trip surrounded by an even more incredible group of friends!

Rosemary Beach | Spring 2018

The Rosemary Beach Refresh event was relaxing and SO MUCH FUN! We enjoyed great conversations together, sun-drenched days on the beach and an evening of laughs and fun aboard a sunset pirate cruise! If that weren’t enough, the discussions we had regarding life and ministry were beyond helpful!

Palm Springs | Spring 2019

The Palm Spring Refresh event was a BLAST! We had loads of fun in the sun and enjoyed one another's company! We also had some amazing meals together, saw breathtaking views as we hiked Mount San Jacinto State Park, enjoyed the soaking up the sun around the pool and an evening full of laughs at BOOMER’S Putt Putt!

sharpen your ax events

Kalamazoo MI | Fall 2016

We had a blast at our first ever Sharpen Your AX event! We enjoyed apple picking at the orchard, made our way through a corn maze and managed to beat the clock at the escape room!  During our workshops, there were great iron-sharpens-iron convos that motivated and challenged us in our respective areas of ministry.

Canton OH | Fall 2017

This event was one to remember! We had a great after parties every night - the shooting range was a fav! Where else can you shoot guns with a bunch of pastors?!? During the day, we experienced roundtable workshops and breakout sessions that left us all encouraged and equipped for ministry!

Jackson MS | Fall 2018

We had so much fun connecting relationally at the trampoline park and laser tag! And the deep south didn’t disappoint - the food was amazing! During our roundtable sessions, we were refreshed in the Lord through great worship, inspiring devotions and other ministry and life-related convos!

I want in! 

how do i become a member of the BOOM network?

Membership = $129 - Per Person Annually

Group Rate: For Churches Who Register More Than 5 People - The Group Rate Will Be Maxed At $599 Annually

BONUS: Senior Pastor's Kids and Staff Pastor's Kids Under 25 Years Old = FREE


How Do I Join And What Do I Get?
Just complete The BOOM Network application below. Once you join, you’ll be invited to attend the two annual events hosted by The BOOM Network. BOOM Members will also receive access to free video, graphic and administrative resources (on a special website) and discounts on products. In addition, BOOM Members will be eligible to take advantage of opportunities for you and your team to attend camps, conferences and retreats, and insider access to connect with other BOOM Members.

For more information, contact Richard Pilger, BOOM Network Director at richardpilger@theboomnetwork.org

Who Is Eligible To Join?
Senior Pastors, Spouses, Senior Pastor's Kids, Pastoral Staff, Pastoral Staff Spouses, Staff Pastor's Kids and Leadership Team Members

Does My Senior Pastor Have To Be A Member Of The BOOM Network In Order For Me To Participate?
No, The BOOM Network's primary objective membership is to help cultivate friendships between ministry peers in parallel roles. If your Senior Pastor joins The BOOM Network too, that's great!  

What If I Already Belong To Other Ministry Organizations Or Networks?
That’s great! The BOOM Network is not an exclusive network. You can join BOOM, enjoy all the benefits of this friendship network and stay connected to the organizations and networks you are already a part of––especially, if you are enjoying the benefit of those associations.

What Kind Of People Belong To The Boom Network?
It’s made up of people ready to invest in friendships with like-minded ministry leaders from various streams: Non-Denominational, Word of Faith, Baptist, Charismatic, etc. BOOM is made up of leaders looking for a “tribe” who love Jesus, are passionate about building His Church and like to have fun!

Can I Be Licensed Through The BOOM Network?
Not at this time. The BOOM Network’s primary goal is to host fun events to foster authentic peer-to-peer ministry friendships and to help empower those in ministry to sharpen their ax. 

What Does BOOM Stand For?
Biblical Organization Of Ministers

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