Since God saved us in 2004, and restored our marriage, doors have opened consistently to continually share The Gospel.
Almost instantly I was invited many places to continually share our testimony, as God saved us. Since that time both locally and worldwide I have been able to focus heavily on Evangelism, Outreach, leading Missions Trips, preaching Church services, Youth services, Festivals, Marriage, and Mens Conferences, at Schools and Recovery Centers while also being part of the Teaching Team here at my home church of Branches Huntington Beach.
Also because of our marriage story, struggling with anger, depression and suicide, this has helped counsel people daily.
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 progressed rapidly, with Bible School, serving as a Deacon for a season, and now today as a Pastor.
In 2013, having a wife and three children, not being paid staff, and without aiming to make a living from skateboarding, my home church “Branches” through prayer, challenged me to step out in faith, believing God was continuing to lead us in this direction.
These past two years I have been able to share upwards of 200 times, traveling with or without my family, speaking/teaching, helping lead missions trips, seeing many confess Jesus, and being part of many of the amazing things our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is doing in the world today.
Heading into 2017 this has 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, coming alongside, directing me towards a ministry plan, and our aiming to raise a monthly salary, as it is the church body, that affirms, and sends.
This is where you come in. I am writing this to ask for your prayer in coming alongside financially to support the ministry plan.
MINISTRY PLAN: Brian Sumner – Urban Missionary.
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
“ready in season and out of season;”
VISION: Seeing the dead come to life, as seeds are sown and ministries are served.
MISSION: To serve both locally, and internationally, at all times, as a Pastor and Evangelist, proclaiming truth, partnered with the church body, as God leads.
1. Branches church – volunteer Pastor – serving and helping to facilitate ministry and as part of the teaching team.
2. Weekly – share at FCA’s, schools, recovery centers, rehabs and local churches, weddings, funerals. (Most of these requests are for the week, day, or morning of.)
3. Wednesday Skate night at Common-Ground – (Share every wednesday, and raise up/disciple leaders to do so).
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. (This has been consistent, often with people outside of our community).
1. Churches – Outreaches – Conferences – Schools – Festivals.
2. Lead Mission Trips – Connecting specifically with Ministries/Churches with the intention of building long lasting relationships. (We have been able to do this with churches and ministries in Costa Rica and England).
3. Family Travel – The past few years we as a family have been able to travel for days or weeks at a time, making 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.
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.
Put simple content online, with the goal of growing them in their faith, 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 you 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 suppporting, ministry needs will be met.
Missionary families raise support with a simple scale.
150 people, supporting $40 a month = $6000
100 people supporting $60 a month = $6000
60 people supporting $100 a month = $6000
TO SUPPORT (Please read info below)
1. For Credit/Debit Card
IMPORTANT Please click https://meigiving.com/mei.php then fill in your info, then select Giving Type and in the box that appears make sure you type both the name, and code below.
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
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 others?
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 year, 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 me, or offer 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 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 will want to be financially engaged in this journey, knowing they are co-laborers 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