Only a Changed Life Can Change a Nation

Becoming Gold Star Leaders Leadership Conference
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, April 25-26, 2014 

“Only a changed life can change a nation; only Christ can change a life!”

Life change is the crucial element to discipleship. At Reach America we identify teen disciples as gold star leaders. How does authentic life change and Christian discipleship/leadership happen? There are three fundamental essentials, DNA, environment and process.

DNA. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. Ministryorganizations are actually ministry or living organisms. The DNA of your ministry is vital to the success of the ministry. Two elements that are critical to successful ministries are “life change” and the scope or reach of your ministry.

Environment. In Acts 17:28, the Apostle Paul writes, “In him we live and move and have our being.” Contained in this verse of scripture is a powerful principle — where our teenslive and move, they become.  Christian youth in America are attending worship and church activities for a couple of hours a week, but they are living and moving in an American culture that is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity. Should we be surprised at what Christian teens are becoming?

Process. We have developed a five level leadership process taken directly from Jesus’ and Paul’s models. We call this process — L.E.A.D.S. — a Christian leader LEADS people to Christ.

“Becoming a Gold Star Leader” is two days of encouragement, learning, discussion and strategy planning built around these vital topics:

  • The American cultural landscape and the postmodern mind
  • The Power of a Changed Life (Jesus’ Leadership Model, The Apostle Paul’s Leadership Model, C-4 Communities)
  • Facilitating Life change and leadership through creating a C-4™ Community, L.E.A.D.S.
  • Counting the Cost, Making a Difference
  • Strategy Overview and Implementation: What do I do when I get home?

Pastor Gary Brown is leading the conference. Pastor Gary is in his 37th year of ministry to teens and their families. He has been a pastor, a national education consultant and an advisor to the US Congress. In 2006, members of Congress asked Pastor Gary to lead a national youth leadership conference in Washington, DC.  Reach America was formed to help facilitate Pastor Gary’s teen leadership ministry.

Leading in worship is Chris Martinez, an accomplished Christian musician, and founder of Anthems of Hope — a Christian worship band. You are going to be blessed and refreshed by Chris’ ministry.

This is not your typical conference. Four learning cycles include a presentation, quiet reflection, small group interaction, and large group discussion with a panel — interlaced with videos and student testimonies.

Come, be refreshed . Meet youth leaders from across the Northwest. Re-dream the dream and catch a vision for developing young Christian leaders for a new millennium!

The cost is $69 for adults and $39 for teens 18 and under. This fee covers all materials and meals beginning with dinner on Friday through Saturday. The fee also covers our community banquet on Saturday night.

The Cd’A Conference location is 1602 W. Lee Court, Cd’A, Idaho, 83814. We are still looking for a Boise location. If you have questions, our phone is 208-966-4434. Pastor Gary’s email is

To register:

  1. Fill out the registration form online HERE
  2. You can pay the fee online on our “store” page (click store and scroll to the bottom) or mail a check made out to Reach America. (In the notes section, make sure you indicate that the check is for the Becoming Gold Star Leader Conference.) Our mailing address is 1602 W. Lee Court, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 83814.

In my next post I will include the conference schedule.

God Bless! I am looking forward to hearing from you,

Pastor Gary

One thought on “Only a Changed Life Can Change a Nation

  1. I want to give a warm welcome to those who have joined this discussion forum. I welcome your comments and suggestions. Like you, I am concerned about our youth and the future of America. I invite you to share your thoughts. If possible, I invite you to join us in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, April 25-26. Jump in…the water is fine! Our number at Reach America is 208-966-4434.

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