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The Impact of IMPACT

By Ken Akers


In 2005, Tennessee pastor Frank Owens shared the idea of having a one-day outreach event on the Saturday before the national convention. It was an opportunity to do something to give back to the city hosting the annual meeting. With that, Impact was born.

During the early years, the Executive Office coordinated the event, but in 2010, Master’s Men assumed leadership. Over the years Impact has accomplished many projects, and more importantly, touched many lives.

Last year, Impact Kansas City experienced renewed vigor and participation. Kevin Williford, pastor of Victory Free Will Baptist Church in Kansas City, shares that while their outreach event did not add a large number of people to their attendance, it has had a profound affect on their membership. The church has increased its budget to make room for outreach. Last fall, over 250 people came to their fall carnival, and they added 13 people to their membership in the fourth quarter of 2016.

While Central Church in Grandview, Missouri, did not see immediate results in attendance from Impact Kansas City, Pastor Alan Kinder indicates they too have received positive exposure from the event. The celebration at Central Church honored first responders, and was a joint project with other leaders and organizatoins in the community. Plans are being made now for Celebrate Grandview 2017, hosted once again by Central Church. The congregation hopes to see many more visitors on the church campus.

Only God knows the final results of the time and investments volunteers have made, not just in Kansas City, but in the intervening years since the program started in 2005.

You, too, can make an impact through Impact! Make plans now to attend Impact Louisville, July 15, 2017. Visit for more details about the event.

About the Writer: Ken Akers is director of Masters’ Men. Learn more:







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