Vision & Mission

Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale, Arizona

Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale, Arizona

Pinnacle Forum was inspired by Dr. Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International, who challenged a handful of leaders in Phoenix, Arizona saying, “I believe the only way we can change our culture is to find a way to network our high influence leaders and inspire them to use their influence for God.”

 

The men who hiked up Pinnacle Peak and prayed that God would raise up leaders.

The men who hiked up Pinnacle Peak and prayed that God would raise up leaders.

Three of these leaders later hiked up Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona. They prayed that God would raise up leaders who would respond to this challenge and
steward their influence accordingly. Their prayers were answered, which led to an official launch of Pinnacle Forum and to what has become a national movement.

Vision statement

Our vision is to see influential leaders execute their God-given purpose and foster a flourishing, God-honoring culture.

“Pinnacle Forum is a ministry that inspires and challenges you to continually move the dial, in everything from your walk with Christ to how you live out being salt and light in your community.”

Mission statement

Our mission is to encourage and equip influential leaders through confidential Forums, supported by a national network, to engage in personal and cultural transformation that honors Jesus Christ.

 

What is Pinnacle Forum?
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What is Pinnacle Forum?
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What is the value proposition of Pinnacle Forum?
“A Snapshot of Pinnacle Forum,”  Guy Rodgers, President & CEO

THE PINNACLE FORUM FOUR “E” STRATEGY

Encourage

“Encourage one another and build each other up…” I Thess. 5:11

We encourage leaders to move beyond earthly success to eternal significance.

In our confidential, peer-to-peer Forums, we encourage and are encouraged to discover and fulfill our own unique Christ-calling for personal and cultural transformation.

We encourage and are encouraged by Christian peers with similar problems and challenges, affirming to us that we are stronger together than in isolation and that we must not and need not walk this walk alone, a fate too often experienced by influential leaders.

We recognize that in a culture growing increasingly hostile to genuine Christianity we greatly need the encouragement and support of Christian peers, and we understand what a rare blessing this is. We find a depth of personal relationship with our Forum Partners that is rare to find anywhere else.

We encourage and are encouraged by the accounts and stories we share of how we are serving Christ in our families, churches and communities.  We are inspired to discover and joyfully live out the work God has uniquely called and prepared us to do, and to do so with all our might as unto Him.

“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”  Hebrews 10:24

Equip

“We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”  Colossians 1:28

We equip leaders for personal and cultural transformation in confidential peer Forums.

Our Forums are more than Bible studies. We emulate how Jesus and the apostles equipped the believers, investing our lives in each other in mutual discipleship and the application of biblical truth — gleaned from rich and compelling studies — to all areas of life.

We tackle the full gamut of what it takes to attain maturity in Christ.  In doing so, we help each other discover our God-given passion, the purposes for which He created us , the good works He created for us to do, and why He has given us influence and placed us where we are to serve Him and His kingdom work.

To complement the ways in which we invest our lives in each other, we choose and use the highest quality, biblically-based resources to help us grow spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and interpersonally, so that we can be the servant-leaders God intends us to be.

Engage

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

We engage the culture as we discover our God-given purpose and passion for cultural transformation.

We are all exhorted to seek and find Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Through our Forums we are encouraged, equipped and inspired to seek out and discover how and where God wants us to engage the culture.  In doing so we find the answer to the question, “What is God’s unique call for me to be salt and light to the world around me?”

Through what Lloyd Reeb referred to as “low-cost probes,” and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we look for and engage in opportunities for service in the seven mountains of culture and beyond.  It is through this intentional seeking that we find the kingdom work God has prepared for us and experience the wisdom expressed by writer and theologian Frederick Buechner:  “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

As we come to understand and live out our purpose and destiny as Christ-called servant-leaders, we enter into the deep joy and blessing of “abundant life” that Jesus promised He would give us.

“I come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10

Execute

“For you are God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10

We execute intentional strategies for cultural transformation.

As we engage the culture, the Holy Spirit reveals to us the purposes and the works God has prepared for us.  We then complete the Four E strategy by choosing to be intentional about the creation, design and execution of Holy Spirit-inspired plans and strategies that enable us to fulfill God’s unique calling upon each of us to be His workmanship.

We strive to heed the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to do “everything as unto the Lord” (Colossians 3:23), and to do “everything with all your might,”  (Ecclesiastes 9:10), because of the firm and unshakeable conviction that no aspect of our lives or the broader culture is isolated or removed from His plans and purposes.  We live to boldly proclaim with words AND deeds that Jesus Christ is truly “Lord of all.”

In doing so we become a model for personal and cultural transformation to both believers and unbelievers.  For those who have not yet embraced Christ our works and words glorify our Father in heaven and serve as a testimony to the remarkable transformative power of Christ.  For fellow believers, our choices, words and actions echo Paul’s exhortation to “be imitators of me.”  We thus participate in the fulfillment of the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations.”

“…I will show you my faith by my works…”  James 2:18

“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16.

THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS OF CULTURE

In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together. God simultaneously gave each of them a message to give to the other: “The culture is shaped by seven mind-molders, or mountains, in society. If we can influence each of these areas for Christ, we will win the culture of our nation.”

“None of what we’ve accomplished would have been possible without the help of marketplace leaders, specifically Pinnacle Forum Partners.”
Jeff Pishney, Founder/Director of “Love Modesto”

The good news is that God is moving in an unprecedented way among men and women in the marketplace. Dr. Henry Blackaby says “God is marshalling his people in the workplace as never before in history.” There is a new trumpet call going out to men and women of influence who are recognizing the negative influences in their culture as a wake-up call for action. They are being used by God to influence the Seven Mountains of Culture: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government & Military, Media and Religion.

It is the vision of Pinnacle Forum to be at the heart of this awakening among Christian leaders.  Discover how you can be part of this awakening!

Pinnacle Forum Partners have had significant impact…

  • in the film-making industry through the production of movies that honor rather than denigrate faith and family;
  • in education and the family, through initiatives that empower at-risk youth, advance biblically-based values in public schools, and provide a “Bible as literature” curriculum for public schools;
  • in government and law, where Partners provide pro-bono legal assistance to Christians whose religious liberties are threatened and where others occupy positions of influence among top government leaders and have helped elect Christians to public office;
  • in service to our veterans, through programs that connect veterans to Christian churches and services that help them work through the “moral injury” of war;
  • in evangelism and assistance to the poorest of the poor across the world;
  • in the media, through support of Christian radio and being a positive influence in the world of broadcasting;
  • in “city transformation” ministries and initiatives;
  • in business, where the advancement of the biblical philosophy of “faith and work” has helped change the business climate of an entire city.

EXPLORE THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS

REQUEST TO JOIN A PRIVATE
SEVEN MOUNTAIN FACEBOOK GROUP

We have a stronger and broader influence when we collaborate with others that are called to similar paths by God. Is God leading you to impact one or more mountains of culture? If so, submit your request to connect with others through one or more of our Seven Mountain Facebook groups. We have currently launched our Family and Government/Military groups, and others are still to come!

Leadership

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The professional career of Guy Rodgers has spanned the education, small business, political and non-profit sectors. He has co-owned a small retail business, been a public high school teacher and adjunct professor at the graduate level, Vice President of a polling company, and founded two political consulting and strategy firms… Read More

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Bruce and his wife/best friend of 40 years, Lyn, live in Scottsdale, Arizona near their two daughters, Heather and Misty. He considers himself fortunate to have been raised in a Christian home getting to know, love, and accept Jesus Christ as Savior at an early age. Past church memberships are many as the family relocated frequently for career developmentRead More

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Cindy Marks: bio coming soon…

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Dwight Olson is Founder and CEO of Olson Investment Advisors, LLC. The firm specializes in retirement planning and investment management.  Dwight got his professional start working as an assistant manager at Mutual of NY and Phoenix Mutual before founding his investment company in 1977, originally called D.H. Olson Co… Read More

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In 2014, John Lochner and David Sauter inspired by former national board member Rick Klopcic restarted Pinnacle Forum in Wisconsin. In six months WI stated forums in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay to help Christian leaders to use their influence to engage and transform lives and the Wisconsin culture. John was called to serve the National Pinnacle Forum board in 2015… Read More

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Merrill Oster, the founder of Pinnacle Forum America, is an international business journalist, publishing entrepreneur, author and public speaker.  He is Chairman of Oster Communications, a financial publishing firm, and Oster Partners, a real estate development firm, in Cedar Falls, Iowa and Aurora, Illinois… Read More

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Phil Battin is a values-based wealth management advisor with GCG Financial, providing quality support and service to his clients since 1994. Phil’s past experiences with both a Wall Street investment firm and Fidelity Investments established a strong foundation for the next stage of his career at GCG… Read More

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Robert K. Fischer- Restarted Fischer Furniture in 1974 with my father, a business he had begun in 1949 but retired from in 1964.  He is currently serving as Vice President, having turned over the Presidency to his son Sam Fischer a couple of years ago.  They have six stores in Rapid City; Bachelors in Business Administration,… Read More

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Steve became a Pinnacle Forum Partner shortly after he got involved in his first Pinnacle Forum in 2003 in Champaign, Illinois.  In 2006 Steve began leading his forum as facilitator.  Steve says his experience in and through Pinnacle Forum “activated his faith” to have more impact on the culture in Christ’s name… Read More

Statement of Faith

WHAT WE BELIEVE

THE INERRANCY AND AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts.

THE TRIUNE GOD
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

THE DEITY AND LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death for our sins on the cross at Calvary, His resurrection from the dead, His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, and His final return in power and glory.

A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
We believe that God offers us the unfathomable gift of a personal relationship with Him, made possible through Christ’s atoning death and sacrifice for us, that all have sinned and are lost apart from repentance and faith in that atoning sacrifice, and that we are saved by grace through faith and not by works on our part.

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life.

THE RESURRECTION OF ALL
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved to eternal life with God and the lost to eternal separation from God.

THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
We believe that the supreme goal of the life of faith is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves.

THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe that we are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and action, with the goal of making disciples among all nations. To that end, we acknowledge that God has entrusted to us time, talents, treasure and influence for us to faithfully steward for the advancement of His kingdom.

THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LORD’S PRAYER
We believe in both praying for and living for the accomplishment of Jesus’ exhortation, “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven,” and that we are commanded to be salt and light in the world for the purposes of making disciples, which includes the objective of transforming culture.

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