Why East Mountain

Throughout the Scriptures, the mountaintop serves as the stage for some of the most profound encounters between God and his leaders. In Exodus, Moses ascends Mount Horeb where he meets with the Lord. In that sacred space, the Lord meets face to face with Moses giving him purpose, direction and encouragement. Fast forward to Matthew's Gospel and we see Jesus meeting with his disciples on a mountain outside of Galilee. There, as on Horeb, he gives his disciples purpose, direction and encouragement. As the story of redemption unfolds, places like Horeb, Sinai, Carmel, and the Mount of Olives serve as settings for some of the most pivotal conversations in the history of the world.

On the mountaintop, men are suddenly removed from the chaos, noise, and influences of their daily lives. The ascent to higher ground affords a kind of absolute silence as the senses are overwhelmed by this foreign place. The eyes can do nothing except take in the majestic beauty. The ears can only hear the rushing of wind. The nose takes in the fresh air, removed from the dirtiness of the world below. 

In the last 100 years, a tremendous shift has occurred in global Christianity. The center of our faith used to reside in the Western world (Europe and the United States), but today some of the most profound growth in the global church is happening in non-western contexts. This shift means that there is a critical need for leadership development for the non-western church.

The name East Mountain reflects these ideas - we provide a sacred space where Christian leaders come to meet with the Lord. The center of our focus in on raising up leaders for the emerging, non-Western church. We seek to bring together leaders from many different cultures to receive education and training that will equip the global church.

Here, on the Mountain, our deep hope is that leaders from all over the world, young and old, rich and poor, meet with the Lord and with each other to grow in their love for God, love for His Word and ability to lead His people well.