“Come, let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day that we may live before Him.”
Hosea 6:1,2 teaches us that God wants to go deeper in our life than we are sometimes willing to let Him go. Just as a heart surgeon may need to cut you wide open to get to your heart, God in the same fashion wants to bring us to the place of brokenness in order to totally heal us. He has torn us but will heal us, as the scripture declares.
What is an Encounter with God?
The definition of an Encounter
The term “encounter” means to come face-to-face or experience something unexpectedly.
The Encounter is just that. It is a face-to-face meeting with God. It is a face-to-face meeting with Christ at the cross. It is a face-to-face meeting with the power of the Holy Spirit to change your life and set your life on a new direction.
The Encounter is a three-day event where a believer will focus his or her attention on encountering God, themselves, and others.
Why Three Days?
Three days is what we need to enter in to a place of brokenness before the Lord. We need to have a dedicated time with the Lord so he can do His work in us. Hosea 6:1,2
The focus of the three day Encounter is the principles found in Psalm 34:4 and Proverbs 7:15. Those who seek the Lord must do so with all of their heart. Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10).
The “third day” principle is the principle of the resurrection and new beginnings.
a. On the “third day” Abraham saw the place of sacrifice and God revealed Himself there as Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our provider (Genesis 22:4).
b. The “third day” is the day of the resurrection that is typified in water baptism (Luke 24:46; Romans 6:3,4).
How is an Encounter Organized?
The Encounter Team
Randy and Annette Ballard are the leaders of the God Encounter weekends. Annette leads women’s encounters, Randy leads men’s encounters, and both oversee youth and children encounters with experienced youth and children pastors serving alongside. – Randy and Annette are responsible for the spiritual direction and flow of the Encounter. They lead the encounter team into spiritual warfare for the success of the Encounter.
A Logistical Leader is appointed by Randy and Annette for every encounter. This person is responsible all of the logistical support and organization of the Encounter.
The Encounter Leadership Team (ELT) — The ELT must have experienced at least one God Encounter Weekend before they are invited to serve on a ELT. They themselves are spiritually prepared for the Encounter, they have faith for the Encounter, and are committed to the consolidation of the Encounter.
The Encounter Vision
The Vision of the Encounter – No Encounter should be done without first asking God what he wants to do and how He wants to do it. Each Encounter is different because those who are coming are different than those in the last Encounter. The Spiritual Leader (pastor, pastor’s wife, district or state leader, men’s ministry leader, women’s leader ministry, youth pastor, children’s pastor) is the person who has received from the Lord the vision for the Encounter.
The Goals of the Encounter — The goals of the Encounter are set by the team of that Encounter. The team is the spiritual leader, the logistical leader, and the encounter leadership team. Together they determine they pray and seek God for His direction and plan.
The Consolidation of the Encounter – The Encounter must include a plan to follow-up with each attendee and make sure that they are cared for. The person to do this is the local church leader who brought them to the Encounter. The key to seeing this accomplished is relationship building, prayer, and preparation.