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Next Generation

IMPACT

Empowering God's People to Reach the Next Generation

Next Generation IMPACT exists to partner with believers, churches, and Christian organizations to see young people come to accept and live for Christ and share and defend their faith as mature believers.

Vision

To see each next generation set its hope on God.

What Makes Us Different

Interdenominational

We seek partnerships with like-minded churches, organizations, and individuals who want to reach and teach the next generation to know and live for Jesus.

World-Class Curriculum

  • Gospel-centered: Every lesson has the Good News of Jesus at its core and seeks to lead the next generation to understand how to have a relationship with Him.

  • Apologetics-based: Every lesson gives ample defense of the Gospel in simple, everyday language that’s easy for children to understand.

  • Discipleship-focused: Every teaching, program, and event has personal spiritual growth as its goal.

  • History-accurate: In addition to the Biblical teaching, NGI includes special lessons on the founding of our country and the faith of our founding fathers.

Church-Driven

We believe Jesus ordained the church to carry the Gospel, not just specific organizations, staff, or missionaries. NGI is a proponent of the Anchor Church concept, meaning churches who have experienced the blessings of God can seek to share them and positively influence other ministries and congregations.

Volunteer-Fueled

We equip volunteers and leaders to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Because all churches, church members, and followers of Jesus have the ability to strengthen evangelism, discipleship, and apologetics, and become the church outside the walls.

Vision Verses

We will not hide these truths from our children; 

we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, 

about his power and his mighty wonders. 

So the next generation might know them — 

even the children not yet born. 

And they, in turn, will teach their own children. 

So each generation should set its hope anew on God.  

 

Psalm 78:4,6-7

Leadership

Ron Tant

FOUNDER

Ron Tant was ordained and has served in pastoral ministry for 30+ years. Ron holds degrees in Music and Bible, and certification in music technology. He has served in growing churches in North Carolina, Georgia, and Arkansas, as assistant pastor, student pastor, and children’s pastor. In 2010, Ron served as the State Director for Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) of Georgia and as the VP of CEF International, as USA National Director. Ron’s passion is seeing the next generation come to know Christ and grow in Him, as well as developing a Biblical understanding of defending the faith. Psalm 78 (“we will not hide these truths from our children…”), as well as other passages, drive his passion to see God do the impossible through the Body of Christ! Ron and his wife Carol have two sons, Joshua and Caleb, and live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Barry Williams

FOUNDER

Barry Williams comes to NGI with over 20 years of ministry experience. His experience lies in church ministry where he served as Children’s Pastor, Lead Pastor, and Executive Pastor and most recently as State Director of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Oklahoma. His formal education is both in Ministry where he holds a BS of Church ministry and a MA in Discipleship and in business where he holds an MA in Executive Leadership. In every position in which he has served, there has always been a passion for seeing children’s lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He believes that Next Generation Impact is a culmination of every position that he has served in and believes that the children of our country have the potential to be the greatest generation in regard to living a life that honors Christ. Barry knows that when churches begin to look outside the walls and reach kids where they are, the next generation can turn the world back to Christ!

Richard Summerford

FOUNDER

Richard Summerford began his ministry at his alma mater with Columbia International University in 1983. He served in the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) for 32 years ending as Associate Director of USA Ministries. His heart's desire is developing leaders and building infrastructure for success in ministry, second only to his passion for children coming to know Christ. He has spent 17 years developing leadership materials which were used in 50 states and around the world in CEF. Richard feels that now, more than ever, children need the ministry of NGI which will meet them where they are in today’s culture and give them the hope of Christ. Richard lives in Maggie Valley, North Carolina with his wife, Linda. They have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Statement of Faith

THE PURPOSE OF GOD

We affirm our belief in the one eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. (Isaiah 40:28; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 1:11; Acts 15:14; John 17:6,18; Ephesians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:7)

THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THE BIBLE

We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God’s word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; John 10:35; Isaiah 55:11; 1 Corinthians 1:21; Romans 1:16, Matthew 5:17,18; Jude 3; Ephesians 1:17,18; 3:10,18)

THE UNIQUENESS AND UNIVERSALITY OF CHRIST

We affirm that there is only one Savior and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches. (Galatians 1:6-9; Romans 1:18-32; l Timothy 2:5,6; Acts 4:12; John 3:16-19; 2 Peter 3:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; John 4:42; Matthew 11:28; Ephesians 1:20,21; Philippians 2:9-11)

THE NATURE OF EVANGELISM

To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that, as the reigning Lord, he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gifts of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. (1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Acts 2:32-39; John 20:21; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 4:5; 5:11,20; Luke 14:25-33; Mark 8:34; Acts 2:40,47; Mark 10:43-45)

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We affirm that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all men. (Acts 17:26,31; Genesis 18:25; Isaiah 1:17; Psalm 45:7; Genesis 1:26,27; James 3:9; Leviticus 19:18; Luke 6:27,35; James 2:14-26; John 3:3,5; Matthew 5:20; 6:33; 2 Corinthians 3:18; James 2:20)

THE CHURCH AND EVANGELISM

We affirm that Christ sends his redeemed people into the world as the Father sent him, and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. (John 17:18; 20:21; Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 20:27; Ephesians 1:9,10; 3:9-11; Galatians 6:14,17; 2 Corinthians 6:3,4; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; Philippians 1:27)

COOPERATION IN EVANGELISM

We affirm that the Church’s visible unity in truth is God’s purpose. (John 17:21,23; Ephesians 4:3,4; John 13:35; Philippians 1:27; John 17:11-23)

CHURCHES IN EVANGELISTIC PARTNERSHIP

We rejoice that a new missionary era has dawned. The dominant role of western missions is fast disappearing. God is raising up from the younger churches a great new resource for world evangelization, and is thus demonstrating that the responsibility to evangelize belongs to the whole body of Christ. (Romans 1:8; Philippians 1:5; 4:15; Acts 13:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8)

THE URGENCY OF THE EVANGELISTIC TASK

The goal should be, by all available means and at the earliest possible time, that every person will have the opportunity to hear, to understand, and to receive the good news. (John 9:4; Matthew 9:35-38; Romans 9:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Mark 16:15; Isaiah 58:6,7; James 1:27; 2:1-9; Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 2:44,45; 4:34,35)

EVANGELISM AND CULTURE

The development of strategies for world evangelization calls for imaginative pioneering methods. (Mark 7:8,9,13; Genesis 4:21,22; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Philippians 2:5-7; 2 Corinthians 4:5)

EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP

We recognize that there is a great need to improve theological education, especially for church leaders. (Colossians 1:27,28; Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5,9; Mark 10:42-45; Ephesians 4:11,12)

SPIRITUAL CONFLICT

We believe that we are engaged in constant spiritual warfare with the principalities and powers of evil, who are seeking to overthrow the Church and frustrate its task of world evangelization. (Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 4:3,4; Ephesians 6:11,13-18; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 1 John 2:18-26; 4:1-3; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 4:2; John 17:15)

FREEDOM AND PERSECUTION

It is the God-appointed duty of every government to secure conditions of peace, justice and liberty in which the Church may obey God, serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and preach the gospel without interference. (1 Timothy 1:1-4; Acts 4:19; 5:29; Colossians 3:24; Hebrews 13:1-3; Luke 4:18; Galatians 5:11; 6:12; Matthew 5:10-12; John 15:18-21)

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth, and Christian growth are all his work. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit; thus evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-filled church. (1 Corinthians 2:4; John 15:26;27; 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3; John 3:6-8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 7:37-39; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Acts 1:8; Psalm 85:4-7; 67:1-3; Galatians 5:22,23; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; Romans 12:3-8)

THE RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment. This promise of his coming is a further spur to our evangelism, for we remember his words that the gospel must first be preached to all nations. (Mark 14:62; Hebrews 9:28; Mark 13:10; Acts 1:8-11; Matthew 28:20; Mark 13:21-23; 1 John 2:18; 4:1-3; Luke 12:32; Revelation 21:1-5; 2 Peter 3:13; Matthew 28:18) 

CONCLUSION

Therefore, in the light of this our faith and our resolve, we enter into a solemn covenant with God and with each other, to pray, to plan and to work together for the evangelization of the whole world. We call upon others to join us. May God help us by his grace, and for his glory, to be faithful to this our covenant! Amen, Alleluia!