Our Mission Is to Inspire Your Next Yes to God

Inspiring a Generation to Say YES to God

We aim to invite multitudes of people to say YES to God, jump-starting a fresh movement among believers toward mission, justice, and revival, while inviting many others to authentically engage with Jesus for the first time.

This surrendered and enthusiastic YES changes everything about a person’s soul, family, work, dreams, and community. It begins with a small step of humility, listening and learning from Jesus, repenting and renewing (or beginning) a walk with God. It’s a simple awakening to what really matters, leading to revived life.

At Life Action, we’re praying fervently toward the day when this “yes” attitude is the rule rather than the exception; when millions of people, astonished and excited by the work of God in their lives, are living on bold mission for Christ. Only then will we see the shattering of divisions, injustice, and lostness around us, and only then can we forge into a new future for the church defined by the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

It can begin in the smallest places—in honest, intimate moments with Jesus; in surrendered wills and in daily decisions. It can begin with your next yes to God.

We dream of millions of God-astonished lives, in action with Him, shattering divisions, injustice, and lostness.

We help people thrive by inspiring them toward a lifestyle of saying YES to God. We do this through relationships, church experiences, camps, retreats, and resources.

Meet John Avant, President of Life Action

Dr. John Avant was most recently Senior Pastor of First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, TN. He served there since March of 2013, a mega-church with 8,000 members. John has pastored churches in Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana. He was also the Vice President of Evangelism and Spiritual Awakening at the North American Mission Board. John has authored four books: The Passion PromiseAuthentic PowerIf God Were Real, and most recently he co-authored Revival Revived.

John became a follower of Jesus Christ at the age of 16. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary. It was while earning his Ph.D. at Southwestern that he learned about spiritual awakening and revival. He has a deep love and compassion for people and believes that the only hope for our nation is to experience a mighty movement of God.

Byron Paulus, Executive Director and CEO of Life Action Ministries, said, “I am delighted that Dr. John Avant is joining our team. As a longtime revival ministry ​voice​ ​and influencer​, he will be assuming the role of Director and President of ​the Life Action Division. This outreach group includes Life Action Church Events, Life Action Family Camp, and the Life Action Leadership Lodge. John’s extensive experience as a catalyst for revival, both domestically and internationally, has uniquely prepared him to assume visionary leadership for this area of our ministry. I am excited about the opportunities before us and thrilled to have John as a new divisional leader. Please join us in welcoming John and Donna Avant to the Life Action family.”

Outreaches of Life Action

We help people thrive by inspiring them toward a lifestyle of saying YES to God. We do this through relationships, church experiences, camps, retreats, and resources.

About Life Action Ministries

Life Action, Revive Our Hearts, and OneCry is a division of Life Action Ministries. Life Action Ministries was founded in 1971 to spark spiritual change in families, churches, and nations. This is why we call people to authentic Christianity—so the gospel light can shine brightly out of lives transformed by the presence and power of God.

Life Action Ministries believes that revitalization in families and churches is the key to transforming our culture for Christ and completing the Great Commission. Sweeping cultural change begins in hearts and in homes; more specifically, it begins with humility.

Throughout Scripture and in church history, whenever God’s people bowed in humble honesty before Him, surrendering afresh and then rising up with renewed vision, that’s when transformation happened. Churches were revived back to health. Spiritual awakenings swept through entire communities, redeeming and restoring lives. The compassion and gospel of Jesus Christ advanced across the globe. 

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God’s authoritative, inspired Word. It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins, and salvation. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of belief and conduct.

We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven, where as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.

We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity and for the Church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission. Every believer is called to live and walk in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit so that he will bear fruit to the glory of God and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the kingdom of God, except through the new birth which takes place through repentance of sin and faith toward God. Justification is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is made up of all believers everywhere in the world, and that locally the church is a group of baptized believers who are organized to do God’s will. Its calling is to worship God and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and by promoting righteousness and justice.

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and will exclude all evil, suffering, and death.