Back From The Summit
Back From The Summit
By Bryan Craig
In preparation for our Influencers Summit, we prayed for:
- God to bring the right men to the Summit
- For men to be transformed, refreshed, encouraged, and set free.
- For the Holy Spirit to move and have His way among the camp.
- For all the music, programming and table groups to be in sync with His Spirit’s work.
- For men to gain a vision of God’s plan for their life and their ministry.
- For men to gain new brothers and armor bearers for the battles ahead.
I am please to report that GOD ANSWERED OUR PRAYERS! 115 men from all over the United States, including other countries of Rwanda, Colombia and Costa Rica, joined together at Camp Heart O’ the Hills, broken out into 15 Table Groups. They heard inspiring talks about Jesus and about Soul Health and how God uses trials and storms to help us find even more treasure in our walk with Him. Each man found a band of brothers at his table who were ready, willing and able to come alongside him in prayer and support as they processed what God was doing in their lives. There was time to get alone with God for extended times of prayer and reflection. There was joy and laughter and love at every turn. There was even a bluesy Praise leader, Bryan Ward, who normally does prison ministry worship, who got the men to dig into their souls.
The men pondered Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life and whether He was their way, truth and life. Many men were broken, but rebuilt and encouraged. Prayer was constantly flowing. Men from different Regions got to get together to assess their regional health and receive encouragement and support from a Global Board member. This “leadership” Summit was not what men expected. It was not about “how to lead Journey groups” or “how to be a better leader” or “how to lead an Influencers Region”. We just lived out the DNA of this ministry by Abiding in Christ together, and men came back more fired up for Influencers than ever before. This is more evidence that if we make it all about Jesus, everything else falls into place.
At the Summit, we made a claim that God is using Influencers to start a Revival, and the men agreed. We saw it before our eyes. Many men said we need to make room for more men next time around, and we are listening. The Board will be investigating dates and locations for our next Global Summit, but it will most likely be Spring of 2024. Start praying now about joining us next time.
Thanks to all of our volunteer Table Leaders and others who helped make this happen, and thanks to all of you who prayed for this event and for the men attending.
Like Peter, when Jesus took him to the mountaintop, many did not want to come down, but Jesus showed us there was much work to be done for Him back down in the valley.
Let’s keep abiding in Christ and Go Make Disciples!
Quotes From The Summit
"What a joy to be with over 100 men after God’s own heart."
"Influencers Leadership Summit was an oasis of brotherhood in the body of Christ."
"In 4 days I saw so many thing resolved within the group that it could have only been the Spirit."
"120 guys praying for each other was humbling and great to see."
"I was so impressed with the focus and emphasis on prayer. I spend time alone with God every day now and it's incredible."