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Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked these important questions about how we operate as ministry.

We are a non-profit charitable organization without affiliation to any particular church or denomination. Over the years we have grown to represent dozens of churches across the nation. Our goal is first and foremost, to support the local churches and their leadership through programs that equip men and women to serve their communities and beyond (Ephesians 4:12). Primarily we are part of the Body of Christ and His Church. Therefore, we hold ourselves to the same Biblical standards of accountability.

Encounter ministries has men and women serving from all walks of life and all stages of faith. We represent a broad spectrum from Evangelical to Charismatic and from Protestant to both Anglican and Roman Catholic. Most of our partner churches are non-denominational. And we are separate from doctrinal statements, beliefs or conventions beyond those listed above. We encourage all to find and be a part of a local church that first and foremost stands upon the Gospel and loves Jesus Christ and His word. We want to offer the opportunity to serve and grow in Christ.

We operate from the generosity of local churches and men and women in our host communities. We have a very strict giving policy. We ask those willing to sacrificially support our ministry to first give and support their local church. We generate the majority of our revenue from events like Men’s and Women’s Encounter. These events often operate at a loss. Through the generosity of our sponsors and partners we are able to ensure that all are able to attend regardless of their economic situation.

The short answer is, of course not. The ministry was originally founded to address the need for supporting and encouraging men to be Godly husbands, fathers, and brothers in Christ. In our desire to see stronger marriages, churches, and places of business, we recognize it is equally important to equip women to act as active witness to the power of the Cross. We truly seek to be used by God as an influential and transformation presence in the lives of men, women, and children in these communities. We are therefore committed to building programs that love, reach, and serve all of God’s people.

Many men and women of our ministry, after being first impacted by the Encounter, ask this question. Our calling is putting our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to the center of our lives. Encounter is a pathway to that calling. Our goal has always been to build up the local church. We work hard to establish partnerships to provide other ministry opportunities. Our core focus at this time is the Encounter Ministry. It is a big undertaking that takes tireless support and dedication from many men and women. We are looking for partner ministries that will follow this same model in the areas of counseling and compassionate care. We also embrace ministries dealing with addiction, marriage and relationship, and missions. If you have a ministry you’d like to recommend, please email them to us at

Yes, Encounter Ministry has 501 (c) (3) Status

Changing Lives


“A true encounter with our Lord and Savior that magnifies freedom, forgiveness, and love that has changed the course of my relationship with Christ, my wife, and family for all of eternity.”

– Jeff Lolli, Reno, NV

“Encounter is full of tears of pain followed by tears of joy and peace as God worked in and through me to release me from my sins by His grace, mercy, and love. All this allows me to be open and honest with God and why not, He already knows all my sins and failure and loves me despite them.”

– Cindy Weller, Sparks, NV