Alison Gentry
Somebody Cares America/International



Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT

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Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove
1 Porters Cove Road
Asheville, NC 28805

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Registration and Accommodations

The registration fee of $600 per individual/
$850 per couple includes:

  • All teaching sessions, materials, and resources;
  • Six meals (beginning with dinner on Wednesday, April 19, and concluding with lunch on Friday,
    April 21);
  • Lodging in a private room for two nights at The Cove.

Our Primary Facilitators

 is founder and president of  Somebody Cares America / International (SCA/SCI),  which was recognized in by Ministry Today magazine in 2014 as one of the  twenty-one churches or ministries that are most influencing the twenty-first-century church. Dr. Stringer is a “leader’s leader” in the areas of prayer, compassion ministry, evangelism, community transformation, and mentoring younger generations. Author of eight books, Dr. Stringer’s Leadership Awakening: Foundational Principles for Lasting Success, by Whitaker House, addresses how Christian leaders in every phase of their career and every segment of society can overcome common pitfalls that cause failure.

In addition to encouraging and equipping Christian leaders for personal and professional success, Dr. Stringer also trains them to impact their communities for the glory of God, bringing about both leadership and community awakening! Hear time-proven principles and stories of God at work from this practitioner with over 35 years of hands-on ministry, both in the US and globally.

Dr. Stringer lives in Houston with his wife and daughter.

 is Vice President of the Billy Graham  Library for the Billy Graham  Evangelistic Association in  Charlotte, NC. Tom has  been the Vice President of  Crusades and Training, and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC. He plays a key role in the development of current ministry materials and programs.

Dr. Phillips was President and CEO of International Students, Inc., based in Colorado Springs, CO, from 1994-2001. He received his DMin and MDiv degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he was formerly a field supervisor for the DMin Program. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Phillips serves on the Board of Wheaton College, the subcommittee for The Billy Graham Center. He is a member of the Mission America Executive Committee.  

Tom and his wife, Ouida, have three grown children and make their home in Charlotte, NC.


Doug headshotLetter of Invitation for Christian Leaders

Whether you’ve been following Christ for a few years or for most of your life, I think you will agree with me that we are living in very different times than we were just a few short years ago. The challenges we face as leaders—whether as vocational ministers in the church or as influencers in the marketplace—are multiplying as the world around us continues to rapidly shift away from our Biblical foundations.

Statistics from numerous studies confirm the difficulties that come with leading:

  • 2 out 5 new CEOs fail in their first 18 months
  • 30% of Fortune 500 CEOs last more than three years
  • 70% of Christian leaders historically do not finish well

Because you are someone recognized as a leader and an influencer in God’s Kingdom, I invite you to join me for Leadership Awakening: A Strategic Gathering of Christian Influencers, to be held April 19-21, 2017 at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s conference center, The Cove, located in Asheville, North Carolina.

We will be discussing principles such as persevering and courageous leadership gleaned from decades of experience in business and ministry, many of them published in my book Leadership Awakening: Foundational Principles for Lasting Success. Joining us will also be Tom Phillips, Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and author of Jesus Now Awakening: God Is Up To Something Big, as well as others.

We live in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. The pressure on leaders has never been greater.  Christian leaders in all sectors of society face even more challenges as we commit to speaking the Truth with love in the midst of, what can seem like, a hostile post-Christian culture.

We need each other.

Our nation and the world are in a very critical juncture. I believe it’s vitally important for us to come together to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered for this season of harvest as we seek to discover the mind, the heart, and the strategies of God for this hour. Consider joining us!

Make your reservation now for this important opportunity. Click below for registration details.

Your Fellow Servant In Christ,

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J. Doug Stringer

Key Reasons To Come: 

  • Spend quality time with two proven leaders who have impacted culture with Godly principles for over 35 years!
  • Discuss challenges Christian leaders face and how to effectively overcome them. 
  • Learn how Godly character and right attitudes open doors for far reaching impact.
  • Hear key dangers that can sidetrack a leader.
  • Engage your passion to impact culture.
  • Receive resources for on-going development.
  • Develop relationships with other influential leaders in various spheres of society who can help encourage and strengthen your influence.

Check in and Registration:              Wednesday, April 19th - 3:00PM - 4:00PM  

Leadership Awakening Adjourns:  Friday, April 21st - 3:00PM

Registration is limited to 50 Christian leaders, if you are interested in attending, please act now!






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