Gary Brown, a native Georgian and pastor, is the founder and president of Reach America in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Recently Gary accepted MMC’s invitation to speak as a seminar leader at the Spokane Valley Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference. Gary is involved in some exciting ministry in North Idaho and his vision for the youth of America is catching on with not only those in North Idaho, but across the nation. We are excited about Gary’s passion and we want to share a little bit about his desire to empower the younger generations with the tools necessary to reach America and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The following is taken from Reach America’s website:
In Acts 17:28, the Apostle Paul writes, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” In essence, where our kids “live” and “move,” they “become.” Our youth are attending church for a couple hours, but they are living and moving in a world that no longer recognizes Christ as God. Actually, should we be surprised at what our youth are becoming?
In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we are creating a C-4™ Community, A Christ-Centered, Counter-Culture. The biblical foundation for a C-4 Community is Jesus’ ministry with His disciples, Acts 17:28, and Paul’s ministry found in 1 Thessalonians chapters one and two.
A C-4™ Community is a vibrant, growing group of Christian youth and their families on a mission. These Christians love Jesus and have a burning desire to see their family, their friends, their community, their state, and America come to Christ. This is important: When people come into our C-4™ Community, we do not become like them, they become like us, then Christ.
The object of a C-4™ Community is to create a Christ-centered culture that is counter to what the American culture has become. We believe we can be more effective reaching people for Christ by bringing people to us, than only trying to reach them where they are living.
Spiritual development happens best in a C-4™ Community. Spiritual growth is all about people and places. Who teens are with and where they are is very important. Jesus built His training strategy on a powerful spiritual principle – Christianity is caught more than taught. Yes, there is an important teaching component to disciple-making, but you catch Christianity the way you catch the flu, you catch it from being around someone who has it! Read more on the homepage of the Reach America website (www.letsreachamerica.org).
Also, be sure to check out the excellent video that the students of Reach America put together recently called, “The Thaw”.
MMC hopes that this video will inspire you and give you hope that our Christian youth are ready to make a difference in America and beyond. If you’d like to learn more about the program at Reach America, please feel free to contact Gary directly through the Reach America website.