By Jesse Powell, NAMB church planting catalyst
On Saturday, Aug. 20, church leaders from across Arizona met at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix for the Elevate Summit. This event featured speakers and practitioners who shared on topics such as vision development and strategy, giving and generosity, and reaching millennials.
I found the session on vision to be especially helpful. David Cooper, president of Invictus Global, challenged attendees to take the time necessary to craft a clear and compelling vision, and then to fall in love with the vision that God has given them. Only after a vision has been crafted can a strategy be put in place to see it fulfilled and ministries aligned around it. If we are to see our statewide Centennial Vision realized, it is incumbent upon our churches being intentional about pushing back lostness in our communities.
In my role as a church planting catalyst I help resource church planters and connect them to people and organizations that can help them fulfill their God-given vision. The Elevate Summit was an opportunity for me and other church leaders from across the state to be introduced to people with a heart for local church ministry and expanding the Kingdom.
I am grateful for the generous and faithful giving of Arizona Southern Baptists through the Cooperative Program that allows our ministry leaders to be challenged through events like the Elevate Summit.