Are You Invited?

So, you know that awkward moment when you’re talking to a friend and they ask, “Oh, are you going to the party on Friday?” and you reply, “What party?”; you sit and stare at each for a half second and then your friend starts furiously trying to change the subject?

Yeah, we get that.

And we don’t want that to be the legacy of the World Changers’ Summit. So if somebody hasn’t gotten around to inviting you to WCS2012 yet, we’re here for you.

You are invited.

Seriously, come as our guest. Just send an e-mail to david@wcsummit.com introducing yourself. We’d love to meet you, hear what you’re doing and talk about how we can help support and encourage you.

We hope to see hear from you soon!

Schedule Adjustment for Saturday (4/28)

Hi everyone!

Continuing our details parade that started yesterday (click here), we have a schedule adjustment for Saturday (4/28).

We’re going to do coaching in the morning followed by Gen. Vander Hamm and Dr. Myers speaking in the afternoon and evening. This is basically the opposite of what was originally schedule.

Substantively, it doesn’t change anything; it just moves the pieces around.

So the new Saturday schedule looks like this:

Saturday, April 28, 2012

9:00am: Coaching Sessions
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Doing More than You Ever Thought Possible – Gen. Scott Vander Hamm
3:30pm: Stop, Drop and Roll – Jeff Myers
6:00pm: Dinner
7:30pm: 24/7 Discipleship (Taking Care of People who Take Care of People) – Jeff Myers
9:30pm: Dismissal

You can see the rest of the schedule by clicking here.

As always, if you have any questions, just e-mail david@wcsummit.com

We Are Not a Conference

The peculiar thing about conferences is that the best moments happen in the cracks of the event.

Almost all of us have attended, organized, promoted, and/or spoken at countless conferences. But for being a place filled with people, it can be isolating –confirming the old adage that the loneliest place to be is in a crowd.

We love conferences, but conferences are usually a convention center full of people you can’t possibly connect with; speakers you can only meet after waiting in line; schedules that require track shoes and MREs; and crumpled up handouts that end up going through the wash while you try to sleep off your “vacation”.

Conferences work to get everyone’s face to point in one direction. But experience says that discipleship happens when we face each other.

True, getting content out to a large audience is efficient, but it’s not personal and therefore, as often as not, unhelpful. So the best moments tend to happen in the cracks. In conversations between main events. When you’re at breakfast with a friend or a late-night dinner conversation that lasts until the wait staff clear down the tables. When you find yourself standing in the line at Starbucks with one of the keynote speakers. Or in an exchange after a breakout session when everyone else has left.

Knowing that, we asked ourselves, what if the main attraction was actually something that was that attractive? Imagine an event where you could have a conversation with the speaker. Imagine an event where the other people were in your same life situations, doing what you’re doing and eager to share the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Imagine going to a conference with only the people you wanted to talk to, to connect with and collaborate.

That’s the World Changers’ Summit.

And to make that experience happen, we have three distinctive:

1. Format

Looking at the list of previous and current WCS attendees, there is a lot of experience in the room. You all are ministry leaders, small business owners, CEOs, presidents, artists, and entrepreneurs. We feel It would be a horrible waste to assemble all of that God given talent just to insist you sit quietly while somebody else talks.

So rather than follow the typical lecture format (50 minutes of lecture followed by 10 minutes of caffeinating), we’ve asked our speakers to distill their message to 30 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of round table discussion with the world changers next to you followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the speaker.

Why? Because this event isn’t just about education, it’s about collaboration. We only have four days together and we want to hear from you.

The World Changers’ Summit is not a restaurant, with professional staff delivering menu items that you may have been able to make better at home. It’s a farmers’ market, where people who work as hard as you come together to share their passions and strengths.

2. Size

This event is small, limited to between 30-60 leaders. While that also makes it expensive, it also makes it stronger. Typically, you will only hear our speakers in a room with hundreds of people, all from incredibly diverse walks of life with as many unique questions and scenarios. Our goal is to take a segment of that group (the leaders and culture makers) and give them an opportunity to focus on their specific needs.

3. Coaches

For the special needs that remain, we’re bringing coaches. These are professionals in their respective fields who are bringing their in expertise to 30 minute, one-on-one consultations with you on legal issues, business, accounting, fundraising, publishing, SEO and web design, event management, marketing and branding.

We want to serve you with an even that is unlike any you’ve been to before. We’re hearing your stories, hearing your passion and seeing your vision. Come see that you’re not alone. Come talk with your fellow disciples. Come see what God is doing through your generation.

Click Here to Register for WCS 2013!

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Why a Ministry to “World Changers”?

The church has gotten really good at ministering to specific needs. For instance, an entire constellation of stars shines along the beltway of life seasons: nursery ministry, children’s ministry, middle school ministry, teen ministry, college ministry, young adult ministry, singles ministry, ministry to young mothers, women’s ministry, men’s ministry, couples ministry, and seniors’ ministry.

And that’s just for the age groups.

Why this cottage industry of demographic-specific care? It’s simple: certain people need certain kinds of care.

We have even recognized that ministers need certain kind of care, as demonstrated by pastor’s breakfast and prayer groups that occur annual across the country.

But one people group that is often over-looked is fledgling ministry leaders, those young people who are beginning a heaven-sanctioned journey of obedience.

These leaders are not hypothetical.

  • Amy Carmichael founded “Welcome Hall” when she was 22.
  • Loren Cunningham launched YWAM when he was 25.
  • Mark Driscoll launched Mars Hill Church when he was 25.
  • Our beloved Dr. David Noebel began Summit Ministries when he was 26.
  • Billy Graham held his Los Angeles revival meetings when he was 31 –after become the president of Northwestern Bible College the year before.
  • Bill Gothard gave his first “Basic Youth Conflicts” seminar when he was 31.
  • Elizabeth Elliot published her first book when she was 32.
  • John Piper became senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church when he was 34.
  • Kay Arthur joined her husband on the mission field when she was 32 and then co-founded what would become “Precept Ministries International” when she was 36.

And we probably should mention Jesus, who began his ministry when he was about 30 years old (Luke 3:23).

What was one of the things that all these these leaders and ministries have in common? Answer: difficulty.

They were people in need of incredible support during difficult times.

We believe that every minister –whether they’re a preacher in a congregation of 50 or the president of a multi-national organization– needs care.  But certain ministers need certain kinds of care. The leaders that God is raising up from this generation need a special kind of care.

And that’s our mission: to care for the leaders that God is raising up continue His work for the next 50 years and beyond.

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Why A World Changers’ Summit?

For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! (1 Cor 9:16 NIV)

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Act 13:2 NIV)

Why a World Changers’ Summit?

Simple: Because God calls us to change the world together.

Every world changer has had that awesome and terrifying realization that they have been given a special set of gifts and a special calling.

So we set out. Compelled by this magnificent, heavenly itinerary we arrive half-way into the journey only to confirm again and again that we are in way over our heads. Wave upon wave of the unforeseeable crashes down unto our calling but we press forward, knowing that this is what God has called us to.

Why? We’re compelled. Not by grandeur or applause, but by calling.

But when we look at the world changing ministries of the New Testament, we don’t see a scatter-shot of individuals trying to work from scratch. We see teams, groups of people dedicated to doing what God has called them to do and supporting each other as God directed.

These people knew each other, cared for each other and supported each other (for the most obvious example, see Romans 16).

This summit is designed to be a gathering of people who are in the throws of God’s calling. This is a place to meet those who are experiencing the meaning of costly discipleship, to shake their hands, hear their stories and hear what God is teaching them.

In other words, this is a summit for people like you.

We have scheduled a team of experienced world changers, guys who have been in the trenches, to come and offer their ministerial street wisdom.

We are also bringing in experts in various fields with whom you can sit down and discuss the topics most burdensome to you –everything from time management to tax law.

We have also set aside time for you to interact with the other ministry leaders attending the events. Time to brainstorm, swap war stories, pitch ideas, be warned by failure and encouraged by success.

God is changing the world through His people. Through you. So we want to support that work. Your work.

Please join us this April for World Changers’ 2012.

Change the world. Don’t do it alone.