Refresh Your Spirit. Renew Your Purpose.

March 19 – 22, 2020
The Ritz-Carlton | Amelia Island, Florida


You’re cordially invited to join the SIM ministry family for a weekend of insight, inspiration, and impact on lovely Amelia Island. These four days are your chance to get away from the demands of life, to surround yourself with men and women who share your faith and heart for the kingdom, and to rest in the presence of the Lord.

Plus, you’ll get an inspiring look at where the last 126 years of faith and ministry have brought SIM. You’ll see how we’re responding to need, proclaiming the gospel, and equipping the Church across the globe today. And you’ll get an exclusive look at our vision to continue breaking new ground and reaching the least reached.

To learn more, or if you already plan to join us, just call 855-549-5522. Or you may register by filling out the form below.


Special Guests

Max Lucado

Author of Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God

Max Lucado says he “writes books for people who don’t read books.’ Even so, his best-selling books have sold 100 million copies across 54 languages worldwide. Perhaps Lucado is converting non-readers with his poetic storytelling and homespun humor. Perhaps readers can sense that his encouraging words flow from the heart of a pastor.

Every trade book Max Lucado has written during the last 30 years began as a sermon series for his home church Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Max presses every word of his sermons through this sieve: Why would this matter on Monday morning? How can I relate the promises of God to every person, wherever they are, regardless of the burdens they carry?

Since his first book On the Anvil was published in 1985, Max Lucado has been sharing the promises of God in sermons, books, articles and media interviews. His writing is also featured in videos, devotionals, songs, plush toys, greeting cards, booklets, Bible studies, and Bible commentaries. 130 million of these products have been sold around the globe. His books regularly appear on national bestseller lists including the New York Times.

Max’s 35th trade book, Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God, will release August 2018. This new title explores twelve of God’s promises upon which Max has depended for his entire adult life. “The promises of God work,” Max writes. “They can walk you through horrific tragedies. They can buoy you in the day-to-day difficulties. They are, indeed, the great and precious promises of God.”

National press has noted the global influence of this unassuming Texas pastor. Max Lucado was dubbed “America’s Pastor” by Christianity Today, and Reader’s Digest called him “The Best Preacher in America.” The New York Times has named Max one of the most influential leaders in social media. He has been featured on countless media outlets including USA Today, “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” NPR, CNN, and “Fox & Friends.”

Max Lucado’s childhood was both idyllic and simple. Max was raised in Andrews, Texas, a town with a population smaller than the current membership of Oak Hills Church. Max’s dad was an oilfield mechanic and his mother a nurse. He spent much of his childhood chasing or being chased by his beloved brother Dee. Once Max became a teenager, rebellion kicked in. After one specific drunken night, Max began to wonder if there was more to life than parties and chasing girls. He believes now that if Jesus hadn’t changed his heart, alcoholism would have been in his future.

During undergraduate studies at Abilene Christian University (ACU), Max grew to realize God was bigger—and better—than any rebellion. Max left ACU with two degrees and a heart for telling others about God and his faithfulness. Max’s first ministry assignment was as the associate pastor of a small church in Miami, Florida. In that position he developed his passion for people, ministry, and writing. He began writing when he was assigned a column in the church’s weekly newsletter.

While in Florida Max married Denalyn, now his wife of more than three decades. Max and Denalyn moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1983 to help plant churches. During their five years in Brazil, Max continued to write, updating friends and family back home about their ministry. Eventually Max gathered the Brazil newsletters and Florida columns into a manuscript and sent it off to fifteen publishers. After multiple rejection letters, one publisher finally said yes. In honor of his four decades of pastoring and publishing, Abilene Christian University has become home to the Max Lucado Collection. A curated collection of Max’s manuscripts, journals and personal correspondence are archived and displayed at ACU’s Brown Library.

Max and Denalyn live in San Antonio, Texas, and have three grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors for ARC. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the D.C. area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church.

Brenton Brown & The Worship Republic

Brenton Brown, born in South Africa, is a Christian songwriter and worship leader. He is regarded as one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation. He’s the writer of worship songs like Lion and the Lamb, Everlasting God, Lord Reign in Me, Your Love is Amazing, Hosanna, Our God Saves and many more.

Brenton has recorded five solo albums and participated in hundreds of compilation projects. Brenton leads worship at home and around the world with his band the Brenton Brown Band. Brenton received his first Grammy Award nomination for ‘Soul on Fire’ that was co-written and recorded by Third Day. Brenton holds a B.A. from the University of Cape Town and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University with a Masters in Politics and Philosophy and a post graduate Diploma in Theology from Wycliffe Hall. Currently, he serves as Worship Pastor at Vintage Church in Santa Monica.


Southern charm, magnificent scenery, and casually elegant surroundings exemplify the gentle ambiance of this barrier island’s luxury beachfront resort. Located on 13 miles of pristine coastline, this North Florida resort is the perfect place to rest, refocus, and replenish. Revel in the stunning coastal views revealed from the private balcony of luxurious accommodations, soak in serenity at the on-site spa, indulge in fine dining, or play 18 holes on the private golf course, lined with ancient, moss-covered oaks.


Please fill out the form below and someone will be in contact with you to confirm your registration for President’s Weekend 2020! We look forward to a weekend of worship and prayer with you.