Since God saved us in 2004, doors have opened consistently to share The Gospel.
Everything from festivals, outreaches, churches, schools, recovery centers, and the daily interactions, both local and worldwide.
Also because of our marriage story, this has led to men’s ministries, marriage ministry, and a general all around focus on helping people, especially with struggles, depression, suicide.
I came to America to pursue a career as a professional skateboarder, but once coming to faith, realizing how little I had heard about Jesus, I felt the need to share with everyone in anyway I could.
Things have progressed over time, with study, serving as a Deacon, and today as a volunteer Pastor.
In 2013, with having a wife and three children, not being paid staff, and without making a living from skateboarding, my home church through prayer, challenged me to step out in faith, believing God was continuing to lead me in this direction.
The churches vision was simple: be engaged in the local community weekly, speak as schools, FCA’s and such, meet with people, help with outreach, connect with other churches, also making sure nothing got in the way of what God was doing around the world, viewing my call as a somewhat “urban missionary”.
Up until today in 2017, for these past two years, I have been able to share upwards of 200 times a year, traveling with or without my family, encouraging in many areas, speaking/teaching, helping lead missions trips, seeing many come to faith, and being part of many of the amazing things our Lord and Savior is doing in the world today.
Moving forward, things are not slowing down, and so we are continuing to step into the call, believing that it is now necessary to raise a salary. Churches often have salary’s for Pastors, worship leaders, secretaries and the like, but not always for the Evangelist. This means, like The Apostle Paul, reaching out and letting people know. He made tents until his ministry was supported.
This is where you come in. I am writing this to ask for your financial support.
I don’t mind having a full time job, I want whatever God has for me, The Bible actually teaches that “if a man does not work, he should not eat”, and that “he who doesn’t provide for his family is worse than an unbeliever”. It also says that “the gift will make room”, that “the gift and call of God is irrevocable”, and that “the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.” From these verses I have to ask, am I called to be available non stop for my home church, my local community, and also to those around the world God may call me to serve alongside with? Or do I feel called to grow a business, so I can use my money to send someone else?
As I head into the start of 2017, there are many requests to travel, plan missions trips and use our time for The Kingdom. Personally 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 me, or offers me 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 all of my time on study, prayer, outreach, ministry.
Jesus said to “store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven” not “here on earth”. So, we are believing that people will want to be financially engaged in this journey we are on, knowing they are co-laborers with us.
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.
I can now focus full time on being a Pastor/Urban Missionary/Evangelist, which sounds funny, but for those of you who know me, you know exactly what it looks like.
Every cent that comes in is accountable. Not only is it tax deductible for those who support, which is good stewardship, but I also have our church Elders and Pastors around me to oversee support, as the Bible says.
Many people feel supporting means writing big checks, and having money to throw around, or giving money you don’t have. The idea is simple. For the same price of a meal a month, or two cups of coffee, with enough people, ministry needs will be met. That can mean signing up for a monthly amount of $10, $25, $50 or more.
Thank you for your time and consideration. We ask your prayerfully consider partnering with us.
Please sign up for the monthly newsletter, and check the calendar and daily social media updates to stay involved.
Consider that for every couple I meet with, person I counsel, or place I get to go share and lift up Jesus, that it is your support in Jesus Name that makes this possible.
Our recent marriage book, the online follow up media, conferences, Costa Rica, Australia, England trips, along with the local ministries my wife is also involved in, were only made possible because the church responded to the verses below, and The Holy Spirits leading.
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.
TO SUPPORT (Please read info below)
1. For Credit/Debit Card
Please click https://meigiving.com/mei.php then fill in your info, then select Giving Type and in the box that appears 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 a donation, please make the check payable to “Mission Enablers International” or “MEI” to the address below. Important: Please make sure you please attach a note stating that the donation is for Brian Sumner – # S3422
P.O. Box 2127
Bentonville, AR 72712
Words about The Ministry
“If you want the gospel and God’s Word preached out 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 – Nowra City Church – Nowra, Australia
“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
“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 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