Revival Summits create an environment for God to work in unique, powerful ways among your congregation.
Summits Create a Context for Your Congregation to Seek and Obey God
Designed for the entire church family, Life Action Revival Summits provide a one-of-a-kind experience of reconnecting with God and transforming relationships. They’re times of seeking God personally and corporately for an outpouring of His Spirit. Our prayer is that through these concentrated times of seeking Him, God will awaken a desire in each church for something more, something holy . . . something extraordinary.
“I have very few regrets in my ministry of 45 years as a pastor. But one regret is that I waited too long to invite the Life Action team to Lakeview Baptist Church.”
– Rev. Al Jackson
OUR SUMMIT TEAMS BRING
Exciting Children’s Programs
Thoughtful Preaching on the Scriptures
Resources for Your Family
HOSTING A REVIVAL SUMMIT AT YOUR CHURCH
Choose from Three Summit Formats
Revival Summits create an environment for God to work in unique, powerful ways among your congregation. Summits come in three formats:
- 8-day Summit (Sunday through Sunday)
- 11-day Summit (Sunday through Sunday through Wednesday)
- 15-day Summit (Sunday through two more Sundays)
Such a concentrated and extended approach to ministry is surprisingly appealing to today’s churchgoer; in fact, these events often become a significant mile marker in the lives of churches and their members—when commitments are made, marriages are restored, parent/child relationships are rebuilt, trust is regained, sin is forsaken, and vision is recaptured. While we can’t “produce” revival (that is God’s work!), we believe, based on biblical and historical examples, that we can set aside a special time in our schedules to pursue Him, to pray for revival, and to come to a place of fresh obedience.
Discover Core Revival Principles
We focus on improving the health of the church by calling believers to a deeper walk with Jesus Christ, introducing revival principles to the whole family. Summits begin with a clear explanation of what seeking God for revival means—and how the first step toward God is humbly admitting our need for His help, mercy, and power. “Lord, send revival, and let Your work begin in me!”
Seeking the Lord with You
Next, our revival speakers, musicians, youth and children’s workers, and support staff will partner with your church family to seek the Lord. The preaching at a Summit is thoroughly Bible-centered, helping congregations respond to God’s Word in repentance, obedience, faith, and prayer. We spend a significant amount of time helping your church apply these principles where they count the most—in their own homes, in their own hearts, and as they go forth to be a light to the world.
Preparing for a Summit
The logistics of hosting Summits have been well established in our 40-plus-year history of doing these kinds of events in churches across North America. Our support staff will provide you with everything you need, from clear preparation suggestions for your church, to specific breakdowns of what to do, when to do it, and how to get the most out of the Summit experience. In fact, we can even send one of our preachers to you 6–8 weeks prior to the Summit, to help walk your leadership team through the process, build anticipation in the church family, and answer any remaining questions your team may have about being ready.
STORIES OF LIFE CHANGE
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my church needs a Life Action event?
Of course, we’re excited enough about our events that we would joyfully recommend them to any church! But more seriously, we recognize that churches go through various cycles; and when a church leader senses a need for fresh momentum, that’s the right moment to schedule a revival-focused event. Whether you partner with Life Action or work with another ministry, we believe that set-apart times of spiritual renewal are important to church health over the years. Here’s one way to measure your church’s need for a Life Action-type event: Read Revelation 2–3, and if you look at the churches of Ephesus, Sardis, or Laodicea and say, “Hey, that’s my church!” then you’re probably ready for revival.
How do you define “revival” meetings?
First of all, we believe that revival is for believers—unbelievers need “vival” to begin with. Many churches schedule meetings and call them “revival” (and often these are evangelistic in nature); we try to nuance things differently. Our calling is to seek God for revival among His people—new life, new passion, new joy, new vision, new obedience—and we believe that this kind of renewal would result in the church shining brightly. We would say that evangelistic focus is a fruit of revival, but revival itself is for the church, not the world. Thus, we don’t believe we can “schedule” a revival; but we can schedule a time to seek the Reviver. That’s what our events are all about.
How do I explain Life Action events to my church staff or board members?
We can send you information that includes brochures and recommendations on how to share this with the rest of your leadership team. When you call to discuss a potential event with our scheduling team, we can also offer some coaching based on experience. However, in the meantime we recommend taking the “4-Question Challenge” at an upcoming meeting. This will help focus your leaders on the spiritual needs in your congregation (which will be a healthy exercise, whether or not you end up hosting Life Action). Here’s the challenge—four simple questions to ask and pray about together:
1. How are our people seeking God personally?
2. When do we set aside time for spiritual renewal?
3. How are we uniting in prayer for revival in our church and redemption in our community?
4. What is our action plan toward the completion of the Great Commission?
How much will a Summit event cost? How are donations handled?
We’ve determined to walk by faith as a ministry—meaning that we trust God to provide most of the needed funds through love offerings. We charge a scheduling fee of $4000, which covers basic travel costs for your event; but as for the lion’s share of our operating costs, we trust God. For collecting donations, we place a Love Gift Box somewhere in the church, and we let people know that it is available, if God prompts them to contribute to Life Action (in addition to their regular church offering). While we do share giving principles as a part of our revival teachings, know that we encourage people to give only based on obedience to the Holy Spirit, not based on emotions or high-pressure appeals. During our pre-event orientation, we can explain all of this in more detail, and ensure that your leadership team understands and is comfortable with our approach to finances.
What does a typical team event schedule look like, day to day?
On a typical Sunday morning, the team begins with high-quality music, exciting children’s ministry, and thoughtful preaching of the Scriptures. During the evening sessions, these same elements are repeated, with creative ways to drive the message home to the hearts of your members. As for the team, our pre-event coordinators can walk you through the daily schedule of team life, how church members can be personally involved in this, and what you should expect. Our team has this down to a science, so fear not—the details and logistics will work out. We want to make it possible for your church to give its full attention to Jesus Christ during this time, renewing their love for Him, refreshing their commitment to Him—so we do our best to ensure that the logistics are handled professionally and simply.
How are speakers, singers, and other staff selected and trained?
As for single team members (musicians, children’s ministers, etc.), they are carefully selected and screened from among many applicants who wish to travel with us. After orientation, they train for one month at the Life Action Camp in Buchanan, MI. For speakers and leaders, the process is even more rigorous, involving interviews, references, training, alignment with biblical expectations for pastoral leadership, personal mentoring, and spiritual preparation. You can learn more about our primary speakers on the Bios page.
What is the musical style of the team's worship?
We select songs to best reflect our biblical messages, with a blend of contemporary and historic musical selections. Our teams each offer band-style praise and worship, solos, special arrangements, and even creative drama. Our teams are happy to accommodate specific musical preferences at our host churches; in fact, during the pre-event preparation, we ask the pastor for the church’s top ten worship songs so that we may include those in our repertoire while we are with your congregation. Our purpose in worship is to draw the hearts of congregants into the presence of God with music that glorifies Him in every respect.
What style of preaching and communicating can we expect?
At both our team events and our single-speaker weekend events, Life Action’s preaching priority is to root our messages firmly in the Scriptures. We typically have two tracks of material in events: “revival” messages and “family living” messages. Our main revival content centers around texts like James 4:4-10; Revelation 2:1-7; Luke 9:23; and Ephesians 3:14-21 (for example). When it comes to family material, we seek to apply revival principles to households, working from the principles of texts like Colossians 3 and Ephesians 5. And, while our preachers are committed to the authority of the Word in their communication, they are also known to crack a joke or two and relate God’s truth to the issues of daily life, sharing testimonies and stories of revival, and making practical challenges to obey Jesus Christ.
Why are the team events structured for only larger churches?
Team summits and THIRST conferences are primarily designed for churches that average more than 250 in worship attendance. We do at times consider the requests of smaller churches; however, the costs and logistics of hosting a large team (usually 25+ people) can easily overwhelm a smaller congregation. To better serve the needs of a small church, we offer a Revive Weekend as a first step, sending a speaker to walk through core revival principles, and offering prayer and encouragement to the church staff. These weekends are available for any church size or location. From there, depending on the circumstances, we may recommend a team event in the future. Note: If your church is large enough to accommodate a team, we always recommend the summit option first, as it is by far the most comprehensive opportunity for church and family renewal.
How are team members housed, fed and hosted during an event?
Our scheduling team will provide you with specific details on how all of this is accomplished, but essentially the team members stay with host families from the church, and food is generally provided by the church. In typical scenarios, various small groups and Sunday school classes volunteer to cover various meals, and host families provide a few as well. This is all clearly spelled out, with day-by-day plans, in the pre-event preparation process. We find that there is significant spiritual value in having our teams “do life” with the church people in homes and at meals.
How are the team members supported financially?
The leaders and workers who will come to your church as a part of the team are all independent missionaries, supported by friends and churches who have sent them out to share the revival message. Your church is not required to pay any honorariums or take up any personal offerings for the team. The Love Gift Box, where people can contribute to Life Action, only supports the ministry work of the team (travel, equipment, etc.). We come to each church ready to serve, not looking for any personal gain or expecting any compensation. In the event that church members wish to assist a team member with their personal support, we ask that they handle this matter personally.
How far in advance do I need to schedule with a team?
Our teams are usually booking 12–18 months in advance. (However, as you may find on the Schedule page, we occasionally have available dates in the near term, due to cancellations or changes. If you see a date on that page that interests you, let us know!)