Amplify Participants are “Filled with Hope” at the First Meeting of 2024
January Meeting Recap
The room was full on Tuesday night as Amplify welcomed 161 partners, including a record 47 first-time guests at the first meeting of the new year!
It was an evening full of meaning and described by first-time guests as uplifting, awesome, energizing, engaging, inspirational, dynamic, optimistic, rewarding, and more! One participant summed up their experience as being “filled with hope.”
In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of the evening and a way to connect even further.
Joel Hanson returned to Amplify, sharing his musical gifts to open and close our evening together.
Susie & Kevin Larson, shared a powerful message on identity, challenging us to build our life on the foundation of who God says we are.
Susie shared her decades-long battle with Lyme disease and the comment from a friend that helped her realize she had been living with a posture of bracing for impact. “You can’t anticipate God’s goodness when you are waiting for the next shoe to drop.”
Susie challenged those in the room to pray audacious prayers and believe Him for amazing things, by faith. “Move from begging and pleading into believing and receiving. Appreciate the miracles of God, marvel at His mercies, and ponder His love every day so when stuff happens, you know God is love.”
Kevin reflected on his performance and workaholic tendencies throughout life, finding strength in striving. “The fulcrum in my life was cancer at 35. I could no longer produce much of anything. It was an uncertain future that I couldn’t work my way out of.”
Kevin shared the freedom he found in reading the Sermon on the Mount with a new perspective. “He has made us perfect in the past tense. For His sacrifice, he has made perfect forever those whom He has made holy. It is a declaration.”
The Larsons left the room with the call to put Jesus at the very center of everything you do. “From the beginning, all the way to the end, your call belongs to Him. That’s where the power is.”
Julie Eide, President of Amplify, facilitated a game of Heads and Shoulders, testing participant’s knowledge about Amplify Mission Network and its programs. With lots of laughter, and a few trick questions, a handful of partners emerged as winners and were declared Amplify experts!
Josiah Kennealy, founder of Young Adults Today shared his vision for reaching 18-30 year olds for Christ. “This is the loneliest generation and an all-hands-on-deck call for the Church.” Kennealy shared how God is using their podcasts, books, and events to be a catalyst for a relationship with Christ. He cast a vision of reaching 10,000 youth for Christ, and invited leaders in the room to brainstorm how to leverage existing podcasts and events to generate revenue to help them scale.
Kari Alice Olson, Executive Director of Shobi’s Table, shared her mission to create a community table where all are fed in body and soul. Through a pay-as-you-can food truck, Shobi’s Table has grown significantly in the past few years, with a dream to add an evening Supper Church and a brick-and-mortar space. Olson invited business leaders to help refine her five-year plan for generating sustainable revenue that will achieve her goals.
Amplify partners then rolled up their sleeves and got to work, sharing ideas, connections, and expertise to help each ministry overcome the barriers presented and reach new levels of impact.
Marie Anderson, VP of Marketing and Communications for Amplify wrapped up the evening by sharing a preview of the March meeting and inviting partners to continue working with the ministries at the AMP Sessions next week.
In Their Own Words
“What a great experience! I'm grateful for the ways the mentor team helped me to clarify how to invite the Amplify community into supporting Shobi's Table. With their help, I felt prepared, ready and excited to present." - Kari Alice Olson, Shobi's Table
"I was so impressed with the event...the efficiency, effectiveness, opportunity to engage even among a crowd that large...it seems like a well thought-out, well-oiled machine for good."
"The night was so inspirational and filled me with hope!"
"It was so good. The music, the speakers, and all the presenters were impressive. A first class event."
"Count me in for the next one!"
"It was deeply encouraging and inspiring to be in a room who believe in others and want to do for others."
Thank you to Brent Silkey of Bright Hope Photography for capturing our January meeting.