The sports industry can be a very demanding and stressful place to be working; but with a little support and a lot of faith we believe anything is possible! On June 23rd, Managers On a Mission, sent five alumni to Carlsbad, San Diego for the Daniel Summit. The purpose of sending our alumni to the Summit was to further their relationship with each other, with the Lord, and with other sports executives. The idea of the name, “Daniel Summit” is to reflect on Daniels story in the bible.
Pastor, Mark Foreman, started off the Summit by reminding us that, Daniel, was an impactful leader who put his trust in The Lord and used his platform for God’s glory. Pastor, Foreman, shared a couple different goals to have when it comes to leading with our faith. One of them being that we must “believe before the giants.” Meaning that we must trust The Lord BEFORE the big dark trials of our lives, and not just when we feel like we are sinking.
Ryan Francis, Sam Gibson, Mikey Carpenter, Jason Hubbard, and Mallory Retherford, got to hear from great leaders in the sports industry. Coming from all different walks of life, each of them found the Summit to be very encouraging and educational for their future. Mikey, has gone to the Summit the last two years with MOAM, and each session was before he began his first two jobs in intercollegiate athletics. He says that the Summit has spiritually lead and prepared him for the next chapter in his life. Mikey, says that:
“In my walk I often got discouraged in trying to discern the Lords plan for my life. Through the summit I was able to worship our Lord, read and listen to His Word, hear powerful spiritual testimonies of His work in the lives of others, and through personal spirit led one on one conversations I was now ready to take on my next step in my journey with our Lord in sport.”
On Saturday, June 24th, we gained insightful tips on how to become a better leader. Not just in sport…but in life. Pastor, Scroggins, informed our leaders that we need to be thinking critically. When we think critically we want others to win…in a result we are, “leveraging relationships and faithfulness.” He encouraged us that you don’t have to have authority to lead, but in order to lead others you must “lead yourself, choose positivity, think critically, and reject passivity.”
Colin Faulkner (Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Chicago Cubs), talked about how servant leaders are clear that they are achieving the purpose God created them to do.
A lot of the time it’s easy to buy into the system of our world and what it tells us. The world tells us that we need to have more power or more money. Kelli Masters (Sports Agent of KMM Sports) and Zane Stoddard (NASCAR Vice President), shared that nothing changed when they received both of those. They gained self worth, not through achievements, power, and money; but by knowing that God gave them a different purpose than anyone else on this earth.
Managers On a Mission, would like to thank all the leaders and executives involved with the Daniel Summit for taking the time to invest in our uncommon leaders. Our alumni left with full hearts, lots of hope, and their eyes fixated on what Jesus has in store for their futures. Please continue to pray for MOAMs Future Leaders of Sport who are currently completing 3 week mission trips teaching sports throughout Africa.