Imagine a world where where Obamacare members gleefully sent each other get-well cards with personal notes to the recovering members. Not likely, but that’s what happens with the group my family is involved in. And every last penny of $130,000 of medical bills since 2011 have been covered. Not a penny came from the government or a for-profit insurance company.
Andrew Pudewa and I are teaming up to present to you the need for the FOR ACTION CONFERENCE.
This is a very interesting analysis of the adolescent brain. I love this speaker’s conclusion (and her accent).
I hate to be an alarmist, but a pretty severe concern has been stirring up in me for the past several years. It has to do with young adults today. I believe I have the solution, but perhaps the problem hasn’t been on your radar. It should be.
I went back into the woods for another try at elk hunting (did the same three weeks ago), but this time I had a heavy burden on my mind. I can’t share with you what the burden was, and that’s not my point anyway. This long post is a story of the best elk hunt I’ve ever had in 13 years of hunting the species, even though we were unsuccessful.
I’m very happy to announce the keynote speaker for the 2014 For Action Conference: James O’Keefe. He is an incredible example of what Training Minds Ministry means by “for action.”
This announcement will upset some. I’ve argued with people who claimed O’Keefe as “too controversial” for the Christian ministry I run. He’s known for his unorthodox practice of strapping a camera to himself, walking into hotbeds of corruption, and posting what he finds on YouTube. In a sane world, his work would earn himself a Pulitzer.
Nowadays if you have an internet connection, a video camera and a little bit of courage, you are more powerful than the New York Times. And if you have the right story, well, you might embarrass the New York Times.
I just signed another For Action Conference speaker. This one person has had more to do with measurable, consequential ACTION than all the other speakers put together. Trouble is, he’s extremely controversial.
Controversy is tricky. I manage an educational nonprofit that needs to stay apolitical. This guy is a political lightning rod, but luckily for me he’s hated by both political parties. He’s not a politician, but has done more to affect policy in America than perhaps most politicians themselves.
I’m a parent of 16 children. While providing for their needs and teaching them at home was daunting at first, I have found it much more daunting preparing them for adulthood. I hate to bust your bubble, parents, if you think parenting gets easier when the kids get older. It doesn’t.
Most of the For Action Conference speakers are in place and ready to roll. I’ve been working hard this week to secure their contracts (there’s a lot to these things, trust me). They’re flying into Colorado Springs in January to teach 50 young adults how to successfully build their own platforms to ultimately impact their world.
I’ve been blogging about the For Action Conference for the past week, but I haven’t posted the purpose of the conference till now. The purpose of the For Action Conference is why the speaker lineup is so important. The purpose is:
To teach young people — primarily through the example of successful role models — crucial next steps in their path into business, charity and higher education, to ultimately maximize their impact on the world.
It is “through the example of successful role models” that drove me to seek out these speakers. I wanted to find examples — really good ones — of individuals who successfully broke out on their own. You look into their lives and you think, “Yeah…they have it together.”
More than that: I sought speakers who were actually impacting the world for its own good. These people may be making good money or a good name for themselves, but much more importantly is that they are making the world a better place for their fellow mankind. Their hearts are genuinely bent toward Christian goodwill and compassion for others. They’re generous with their ideas and eager to model to others the joy they have found in their good work.
This is the next level for talented young people, a level too many fail to climb. The For Action Conference attempts to give attendees a leg up to the action that is destined for them. You’ll want to be there — and I bet you can think of a young person who should be there, too — in January at Focus on the Family for the For Action Conference.
Check out the awesome lineup we have so far…