Kirk Rising serves as International Youth Director for the Church of God of Prophecy. In his 28-year ministry, he has served as state youth director of Hawaii and North Carolina. He has served as youth pastor and as missionary to the countries of Germany and French Polynesia (Tahiti) in the South Pacific. He studied Business Administration at the University of South Carolina. His business career includes owner of High Rise Sports and serving as Head Coach of the French Polynesia, Olympic-qualifying basketball program in Tahiti. He has been married to Sarah for 26 years and they have two children, Amanda and Carlos.
I believe that our purpose for being, (why we are here) is to be in relationship with our Creator and that the will of God for all of our lives (why we matter) is to bring others into relationship with Him. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” This is the purpose and will of God for all young people. We must come to know God in a deeper way. As He loved us, we must love others. He gave his life so that we could be returned to him in a personal relationship that was lost through man’s disobedience. Now Jesus says “Go into all the world and preach the Good News” so that “WE” can know God! The will of God for all of our lives is telling the world of a relationship that we can have with the Creator of the universe!