Preparing for a Battle for the Heart introduction meeting in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, earlier this month, Anisa Sumlar, Wellspring Group’s (WG) Battle for the Heart Coordinator, had one thought: this was nowhere in our 5 year plan!
“We’ve had a vision for expanding, for partnering with different churches outside the Southeast, and have developed relationships with churches in Birmingham and in Pennsylvania who have hosted events. But the Midwest region wasn’t on our radar until recently,” Anisa said.
Four years ago Chip Demetri, Music Director at Greentree Community Church in Kirkwood, heard about the Battle for the Heart process through a friend and Battle alum in Nashville. He recruited the first of six teams from the St. Louis area who were willing to drive the 9+ hours to attend retreats. The impact was tremendous.