October 29, 2013

The Issachar Initiative exists to serve the body of Christ by bringing vision and focus so its resources are strategically directed toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission. To become a trusted source of information influencing ministry activities and financial investments toward the least-reached people of the world helping to fulfill the missional aspect of the Great Commission. Every Christian leader should be able to summarize in a few sentences what the global Church is attempting to do to fulfill the Great Commission in obedience to Scripture. Issachar Summits are designed to challenge Ministry Leaders to send more workers to the least reached parts of the world and to challenge Marketplace Leaders to increase their giving to these same areas. Together we will raise up an army of men and women of Issachar for our generation, who understand the times and know from Scripture what the Church should do. Issachar Summits  are designed to educate, inspire and equip marketplace and ministry leaders to use their influence, their expertise and their resources to help Extend the Reach of the Church!

  • Beau Adams Senior Pastor Community Bible Church
  • Katherine Barnhart Vice President Barnhart Crane & Rigging
  • Greg Buckingham President Dress for Success Cleaners
  • Samuel Chiang Executive Director International Orality Network
  • Doug Cobb Venture Capitalist and Author Lotus 1-2-3
  • Russ Crosson President & CEO Ronald Blue & Co.
  • Paul Eshleman President Issachar Initiative
  • Mart Green Founder and CEO Mardel
  • John Hall President/CEO Epic International
  • Pat Murdock Executive Director Issachar Initiative
  • Roy Peterson President The Seed Company
  • Susan Peterson Co-Owner Cabell's Design
  • Brother Rachid Television Show Host
  • Paul Saber CEO Manna Development
  • Bob Shank Founder The Master's Program and The Barnabas Group
  • Hector Tamez President International Leadership Advancement Ministries
  • Ron VanderGriend Vice President of Ministry Mission India
  • Vicky Warren Global Strategy Consultant
  • Walt Wilson President Global Media Outreach
  • Bill Wolfe Director of Partnerships The JESUS Film Project

Summit Agenda

      Continental breakfast provided at 7:30 AM. Summit begins at 8:30 AM.      
I. Introduction & Overview Bob Shank
A. Becoming Men & Women of Issachar
B. Paradigms of Networking and Partnership
II. The Issachar Vision & Biblical Foundation Paul Saber / Paul Eshleman
III. Clarifying the Objectives Bob Shank / Table Discussion
IV. The Elements of the Great Commission - Part 1
A. Scripture Translation Susan Peterson / Roy Peterson / Mart Green / Beau Adams
B. Unreached People Groups Greg Buckingham / Paul EshlemanHector Tamez / Ron VanderGriend and John Hall
C. Planting the Church Globally Doug Cobb
D. Reaching the Muslim World Brother Rachid
V. Resources, Research and Lunch Pat Murdock
LUNCH Begins at 12:45 P.M.
VII. The Elements of The Great Commission – Part 2
A. Evangelism Breakthroughs Walt Wilson / Bill Wolfe
B. Reaching Oral Learners Vicky Warren/Samuel Chiang
VIII. Extending the Kingdom / Closing the Gap
A. Generous Giving Katherine Barnhardt
B. Stewarding God’s Resources and Advancing His Kingdom Russ Crosson
C. Building Blocks and Next Steps Bob Shank
IX. Closing Bob Shank

Summit ends at 5:00 PM

Sponsored by the Issachar Initiative Supporting Partners

Maclellan Foundation | National Christian Foundation | Saber Family Trust The Mart Green Family | King's Sons and Daughters

Issachar Summit Atlanta Location

The Fox Theatre - Atlanta 660 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, Georgia 30308 (404) 881-2100 View Larger Map

Event Parking:

The Fox Theatre does not own or operate parking facilities; however, a number of pay parking lots surround the Fox Theatre. The cost of parking is usually $5 to $30. For specific information, see our Directions/parking and MARTA page.

Area Hotels

Georgian Terrace Hotel 659 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA. 30308 800-651-2316 Artmore Hotel 1302 West Peachtree Atlanta, GA 30309 404-876-6100 Best Western PLUS Inn at the Peachtrees 330 West Peachtree NW Atlanta, GA 30308 404-577-6970 The Ellis Hotel 176 Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30303 404-523-5155 Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Midtown 97 10th Street Atlanta, GA 30309 404-524-4006 Homewood Suites Hilton Atlanta Midtown 97 10th Street Atlanta, GA 30309 404-524-4076 hotel INDIGO 683 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308 404-874-9200 HYATT Place 330 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta GA 30308 404-577-1980 Regency Suites Hotel 975 West Peachtree Street at 10th Atlanta, GA 30309 800-642-3629 TWELVE- Atlantic Station 361 17th Street Northwest Atlanta GA 30363 404-964-1212 TWELVE - Centennial Park 400 West Peachtree Street Northwest Atlanta GA 30308 404-418-1212

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