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You’re Invited to Reawaken

Life gets busy. Try as we might to keep our focus on God, we can get tired, distracted and weary. We have need of endurance and encouragement to finish this race we are called to run, and to run it with confidence and strength. As Hebrews 10:36 says, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

And so, I want to invite you to Reawaken.

Every year, I look forward to our Summit conference. This year, it will be June 22-24 at the Christ Chapel campus in South Bend, IN. The theme is Reawaken, and we will focus on encountering God’s presence and His call on our lives even during seasons of distraction.

The Word tells us to wake those who are slumbering. All of us need to awaken, particularly now, and truly focus on what is significant to God—His children. Our selfish desires should be close to the bottom of the list; they weigh us down, hinder our progress and interfere with our ability to run swiftly!

Like every year, we have asked some great Bible teachers and missionaries to speak during this conference. Linda Turner, Jess Gibson, Carl-Gustaf Severin and I will be sharing the message throughout the weekend.

We will also recognize our new members of the Provident Network. During a luncheon on Saturday, will have the opportunity to hear more about how Feeding the Nations is bringing the abundance of the first world to the hungry and hurting around the world.

The event begins Friday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. and wraps up with Sunday morning worship. Other than for the optional luncheon, there is no cost and no registration necessary. This is our gift to you. We hope you will join us.

I know you will be abundantly blessed! Please make every effort to attend Summit 2018: Reawaken! Now is the time!

For more information, including how to reserve a ticket for the luncheon, visit ProvidentMinistries.org/Summit.

I am an MK (a.k.a. Missionary Kid)

I was raised on the mission field. I am what you would call an MK…Missionary Kid. Traveling all over the world and living in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Israel as a young boy, I got to experience God doing wonderful things on the earth.

We are excited to bring stories from the field right here to South Bend for our Summit 2018 conference weekend. Join us as we welcome Linda Turner who is a missionary to the nations and our friend Carl-Gustaf Severin who has traveled to the farthest corners of the earth with the Gospel.

God has provided us with a 10,000-square-foot warehouse for our feeding program, Feeding the Nations, right here at our campus in South Bend! Join us Saturday afternoon for a wonderful luncheon in our warehouse. We will be sharing stories of those we have reached this year with food and the gospel. I have always said that food is a very small key that opens a great, big door.

We are expectant for what God is going to do during Summit weekend. Come have your heart and spirit renewed with stories of HOPE and FAITH in our great God.

I hope to see you in South Bend June 22-24. Click for more information and to reserve your seat at the luncheon.


The Apex

What an amazing three days we spent in fellowship and worship during Summit 2014. As Pastor Diane said, “Again the Lord led us to the apex of the mountain, that highest level of meeting with Him in worship and the word.”

We had a packed house as Jesse Duplantis and Jess Gibson shared their wisdom with us. We celebrated in song with Paul Wilbur as he also spoke about receiving revelation from the Lord. We discovered that “passion makes a difference and causes us to come fully alive with the realization of vision and purpose,” as Jess said. “Passion moves us from where we are to where God wants us to be. And He uses ordinary people who choose to be uncommon, because of their commitment to Christ!”




While the adults heard of wisdom and learned of understanding, knowledge and revelation, the children engaged in age-appropriate ministry, surrounded by caring adults who taught them about five values from the parables of Jesus.


This was an incredible weekend for all. Thank you to everyone who attended. It was great seeing Provident Network members from across the country. What a special opportunity to spend time in worship with you.


As I continue to reflect back on this apex moment we shared, I can’t help but look forward to our Israel trip next March. Just as each Summit changes me and deepens my understanding of God, Israel has a way of helping us understand Christ in an even more real and tangible way. I hope you’ll join us in 2015.

In the meantime, remember what Jess said, “People will follow you into the kingdom of God when they see fire and an authentic life lived with God.” So let us be on fire and live with authenticity, so that others may reach the kingdom.

Summit, Courage and Jesse Duplantis

The Summit is just a few days away and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to it. The weekend is going to be an amazing time to learn together, grow together and worship our Creator.

We have some exciting things planned for our time together and one thing I know I’m looking forward to is getting to hear from Jesse Duplantis as he shares a bit of his wisdom and insight with us. Jesse is a dynamic evangelist who has spent the last few decades preaching the Gospel and traveling throughout the world.

In preparation for the Summit, I wanted to share this video clip with you where Jesse talks about courage. “Courage makes you stand up and say, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,’” Jesse said. “God understands the things you have to walk through in this life; think about that. And, he said, ‘I will give you courage and where you go, where you walk, I will walk.’” Take a look at this video, be encouraged and find courage that only God can provide.

Plan to join us at the Summit this Friday through Sunday. The whole family is invited to this free event. This is our gift to you, so join with us for a weekend of growing in your faith and understanding of God through inspiring teaching, laughter and worship. Click here for more details.

Summit: A Gift to the Entire Family

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance….” Proverbs 1:5 (NIV)

One of my favorite times of the year is rapidly approaching. Each year, we have a weekend where we invite everyone to the Christ Chapel campus to learn and grow, to be deepened in their faith and encouraged in their walk. The Summit 2014 will be June 27-29 and you won’t want to miss it.

We have an exciting weekend planned, filled with teaching from Dr. Jesse Duplantis and Pastor Jesse Gibson. We will worship together in song with the talented Paul Wilbur. And, we will celebrate the licensing and ordination of Provident Network ministers and Christian workers.

But this isn’t a weekend just for adults. This is an event for the entire family. As the adults gather together, age-appropriate ministry for the kids will engage them and teach them how to be faith commanders by living five values found in the parables of Jesus. For the littlest ones, the nursery will be available, staffed with caring attendants.

This is an opportunity for the entire family to spend a weekend learning more about our great God. And, this is a gift to you. There is no cost to attend the Summit. This is an opportunity to spend three days outside the busyness of a typical weekend, and instead surrounded by the presence of God. Won’t you join us?

We have more details and information for you. Check them out here and plan to spend June 27-29 with us. Invite your friends and family. You will be glad you did.