In 2015 we aggressively expanded into Manatee County and partnered with an organization called Palmetto Build and other local churches. What an amazing year we had as we hosted another Joe Gibb’s Game Plan for Life with over 800 in attendance and a one day marriage conference, now entitled Art of Marriage “Live” where we again had nearly 350 in attendance. With that said, we have over 10 new venues and small groups started through these events.
In October of 2015, we hosted our first CITYCommit Leadership Series breakfast for marketplace and community leaders. Jeff Kemp, an 11 year NFL quarterback and V.P. of Family Life, keynoted our first breakfast with 210 in attendance. This again allows us to initiate roundtables and small groups in our businesses, communities and churches. We anticipate our Leadership Series to be a quarterly event.
The primary anticipated change is the constant desire to multiply rather than add our influence. We believe the Bible has a constant principle of multiplying rather than adding due to the ability to influence more quickly. This exponential growth demands a different structure and equipping of our leaders which will allow for transformation to occur in our men, marriages and marketplace.
One of the “present” growth areas will be our focus on the “leadership” part of our mission. We anticipate using “catalytic” events to engage our community with a planned “follow-up” for relational discussions of Biblical truths. This will incubate our leadership and marketplace influence.