Since God saved us in 2004, and restored our marriage, doors have opened consistently to continually share The Gospel.
Locally and worldwide the focus has been heavily on Evangelism, Outreach, Missions Trips, Church Services, Youth Ministry, Festivals, Marriage and Mens Conferences, Schools and Recovery Centers. Also as part of the Teaching Team here at my home church.
Also because of our marriage story, struggling with anger, depression and suicide, this has helped counsel people daily.
Coming to America to pursue a career as a professional skateboarder, things all change when once coming to faith, scripture makes clear that our days left here as believers are for reaching people, and equipping them by way of The Great Commission.
Things progressed rapidly, leading to Bible School, serving as a Deacon for a season, and today as a Pastor.
In 2013, having a wife and three children, not being paid staff, my home church “Branches” through prayer, challenged my family to step out in faith, believing God was continuing to lead us into full time ministry.
Since then The Gospel has been shared 100 of times, seeing many confess Jesus, and also being part of many of the amazing things our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is doing.
Heading into 2017 this placed us in an interesting position. Churches often have salary’s for Pastors, worship leaders, secretaries and the like, but not always for the Evangelist/Urban Missionary.
This led to our Elder board, directing me towards a ministry plan, and my aiming to raise a monthly salary, and funding to facilitate and enable the ministry goals.
Paul writes to us that “The Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.” (1 Cor 9:14).
And in Acts we are told that they devoted themselves “to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4).
This is where you come in! I am writing this believing you will pray about partnering financially as a monthly partner to help see this ministry accomplished.
VISION: Missions – Marriages – Ministry
MISSION: To Locally, and internationally, at all times, Evangelizing, Equipping, Pastoring.
1. Branches church – volunteer Pastor – serving, facilitating ministry and as part of the teaching team.
2. Weekly – speaking at schools, recovery centers, rehabs, local churches, weddings, funerals.
3. Wednesday Skate night at Common-Ground – bi weekly wednesdays.
4. Partner with local ministries – Church outreaches, festivals, conferences and street teams.
5. Connect weekly – counsel to help with marriages, addictions, depression, suicide, struggles and such.
1. Churches – Outreaches – Conferences – Schools – Festivals.
2. Lead Mission Trips – Connecting specifically with Ministries/Churches with the intention of Evangelizing, equipping, and sending. (We have been able to do this with churches and ministries in Costa Rica, England and Australia).
3. Family Travel – Make our way around America as churches have invited us to preach/teach, do outreach, marriages conferences and such.
4. Online media – Many of the places I attend lead to follow up contact from those who are distant from the church.
Addiction, pain, hurt, abuse, porn, anger, marriage, suicide and marriage are common topics that I am contacted about. Sadly, many people feel they need to have everything figured out before they will even attend church.
Putting simple content online, with the goal of encouraging them, and getting them plugged in to the local church.
With Pastoral direction and covering, I have partnered with “Mission Enablers International”, a non profit ministry that is specifically focused on helping people in my position.
Every cent that comes in is accountable. Not only is it tax deductible, which is good stewardship, but I also have our church Elders and Pastors to oversee.
Many people feel supporting means writing big checks, or giving money they don’t have. But the idea is simple. For the same price of two cups of coffee, a meal, or a pair of shoes, with enough people supporting, ministry needs will be met.
Missionary families raise support through monthly giving at designated amounts.
90 people, supporting $100 a month = $9000
60 people supporting $150 a month = $9000
45 people supporting $200 a month = $9000 ___________________________________________________________________________________________
TO SUPPORT (Please read info below)
1. By Credit/Debit Card
IMPORTANT Please click https://meigiving.com/mei.php fill in your info, then select Giving Type and in the box that appears make sure you type both my name, and code below.
Type Brian Sumner – # S3422 into the designated area for your “one time” or “monthly support”.
2. For Cash or Check
If you would like to mail your donation, please make the check payable to “Mission Enablers International” or “MEI” to the address below. Important: Please mark that your donation is for
Brian Sumner – # S3422
P.O. Box 2127
Bentonville, AR 72712
Paul worked tents as needed, until he was fully funded, and then did not work again, but gave focus to his full time call. Paul also did not have a wife and children, and so he could travel to places for long periods of time staying wherever with whoever.
Heading into this call, there are many requests to travel, plan missions trips and use our time for The Kingdom. I often feel like it would be easier to wake up having a staff position, or working a 9 to 5, but to do either of these things would mean not being freed up to do the things that are consistently opening up.
I also never want what I do to be based on if someone can pay, or offer the right “love offering”. We are told that “Freely you have received, freely give.”
What this means now is my raising support to have a full time salary, to provide, purchase flights, be able to commit to travel, and focus my time on study, prayer, prep, outreach, ministry.
Jesus said to “store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven” not “here on earth”. So, we are believing that people, literally you, will want to be financially engaged in this journey, co-laboring with us.
Please consider that all of the local and international counsel, ministry, mission, conferences, services, outreaches, online follow up media, Costa Rica, Australia, England trips, and even our recent marriage book, that this was only made possible because of peoples support in Jesus Name.
1 Timothy 6:17 “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
I can answer any questions or concerns you have by emailing BrianSumnerweb@yahoo.com Thank you and God Bless.
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Words about The Ministry
“If you want the gospel and God’s Word preached by someone truly living it out, Brian Sumner’s your guy. He’s got a way of connecting with every person in the room whether they’re younger or older, man or woman, churched or unchurched, broken down or put together, opened up or closed off. I just sat through the same message four times in a row and I could listen to it all over again right now.”
– Ron Merrell – Senior Pastor – Heights Church – Prescott, Arizona
“I have known Brian for years now and I have had the honor of bringing him out to Australia on three different occasions to preach the gospel to thousands of teenagers and adults. He is a guy who has done all he can to use his skateboarding and life to get the Word out. I consider it a privilege to partner with Brian in any way I can in ministry and I can personally say that watching him engage others for Christ is an incredible thing – something you really have to witness for yourself.”
– Simon Clegg – Senior Pastor – Nowra City Church – Nowra, Australia
“We had Brian out to come and speak to the youth of our community. He came and offered so much more then that, with his personality and genuine heart to see the lost saved, many students lives were changed forever! He was relatable and authentic and our event went better than expected.”
– Derek Baker – AG church – Seattle
“I fully expected the weekend to center around Brian’s life of skating. What I found was that Brian used his story of skating as a practical means to communicate the gospel, which is what our students desperately needed. Brian was consistently challenging high schoolers with God’s Word and why the Gospel matters in their lives. If you need to bring in a speaker who aims at the heart issues that high schoolers face while centering on the gospel of Jesus Christ, you won’t find many better than Brian Sumner.”
– Tait Hoglund – Camp Director – Trout Lakes Camps – Minnesota
“The marriages of the couples in our Church were strengthened by the rich sincerity of the word that Brian brought forth. Our community was extremely blessed and encouraged by the ministry of Brian at the local skate park.”
– Mike Boudreaux – Senior Pastor – Crescent Lake Christian Center – Excelsior Springs, Missouri
“We have been truly blessed by the ministry of Brian Sumner. Brian speaks from the heart, messages that are not only important but imperative for this generation. God has done a powerful work in his life, marriage, and has raised him up as a spokesperson for Biblical Christianity. You will be challenged, encouraged, and enriched by his message. We are honored to know him and his family, and are excited for the ministry days that lie ahead.”
– Pastor Mark Steinbrenner – Pastor – ChristCity Church – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
“Brian Sumner is more than just a skater, he’s a man that loves the Lord, loves his family, and loves the lost. His speaking is real, relevant and speaks life and love to the church.”
– Jeremy Plumley – The Blended Church – Indianapolis