About the Board
The Scott Brown Family
“I am involved with Vision Forum Ministries because it is an organization which speaks to one of the most important issues of our times: the breakdown of the family and the recovery of the Biblical order to the church and the home. The near loss of the Biblically defined family is causing massive breakdowns throughout every area of society. With lightning speed, we have seen the disappearance of intact families: fathers who lead their homes, mothers who appreciate their Biblical role. We have also seen the almost universal appearance of children who live their entire lives dishonoring their parents. Not only this, but we have watched the church follow the patterns of the world, and have observed her participation in the very breakdown that is causing her own demise.
“Over the years, my sensitivity to these problems has only heightened, until several years ago, I set about to align with men who were sounding the alarm of truth and offering Biblical answers to the problems we are facing. Doug Phillips was one of those men, and Vision Forum was one of those ministries which the Lord has providentially raised up at this time in history to rebuild our Christ honoring foundations, one family at a time.
“The work of Vision Forum Ministries is about family reformation, and this dovetails perfectly with where the Lord has placed my own life and the life of my family. I am so thankful for Doug Phillips, who is courageous enough to pour out his life for the truths that we must stand on. The Brown family benefits immensely from the work and message of Vision Forum Ministries, and being a board member makes it a double blessing as it allows my family to participate in both the plans and directions that we care so passionately about. The Brown family loves Vision Forum for its courageous role in defining and inspiring the family as God meant it to be.” —Scott Brown
The Don Hart Family
“Like so many of you, my family has been blessed beyond measure by the labors of Doug Phillips and Vision Forum Ministries. Sharing a few thoughts regarding the mission of Vision Forum Ministries and a brief testimony about its impact in my family is an opportunity for which I am grateful. It is a privilege to honor and encourage a work which seeks to glorify God by uncompromisingly proclaiming His truth in addressing the defining issues of our day. Much could be said regarding these issues, but they turn on whether Christians are willing to embrace a distinctly biblical worldview. As Christians grieve the crisis of wickedness so apparent today, we must examine ourselves for blind spots wherein we may be complicit in such wickedness. Frankly, as Christians, we often seem disdainful of the law of God and ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. While we claim to believe that the Bible is true and sufficient, we often disconnect our beliefs from our practice, assuming that the Bible is silent or irrelevant on many issues and denying our duty of obedience to our Sovereign God. For generations, we have gradually allowed a distinctly biblical worldview to become an uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and abnormal condition rather than the normative pattern for our lives. Consequently, we need a call to repentance lest we replace the godly inheritance of our forefathers with a legacy of shameful unfaithfulness. We must wholeheartedly love, trust and obey the Lord our God. The standard which honors God must be raised. Sounding this call to action by passionately communicating biblical truth and vision to Christian families is central to the mission of Vision Forum Ministries.
“My family has been profoundly impacted by Vision Forum Ministries’ steadfast pursuit of its mission. Blessed to be raised in a Christian home by a faithful father and mother who were true to both God and family, my heart was nonetheless often grieved by the ongoing and systematic destruction of families which was so common not only in our community, but in many churches as well. As I matured, the paths to be avoided became easier to discern; however, my vision for the paths to be followed, the wonderful blessings of God to be diligently pursued, was sadly lacking. When God gave me a wonderful, godly wife, and began to bless us with children, I struggled to lead my family through the minefield of worldly and vain philosophies which seemed poised to destroy us. As I struggled to identify solutions to obvious problems, God providentially introduced me to Vision Forum Ministries. I felt a bit like a parched desert traveler led to an oasis. I was greatly encouraged by Doug’s teaching, which not only coherently identified perils which might cause one to stumble, but emphasized even more strongly a godly vision of victory and joy. God used Vision Forum Ministries to blaze a narrow, but clearly discernible, path of biblical truth into which I could faithfully lead my family. Through the biblical teaching and resources offered by Vision Forum, God pierced my heart with truths like the blessing of children, the curse of debt, the duty and joy of a father’s spiritual leadership and discipleship in the home, the beauty of biblical femininity and motherhood, the vitality and economy of the home, the importance of the local church in the lives of families, biblical order and unity between church and family, the generational blessing associated with covenantal faithfulness in the family, and God’s revelation of Himself in the context of family, (the church as the bride of Christ, God as our Heavenly Father, His own as His children, believers as brothers and sisters in Christ).
“What is the mission of Vision Forum Ministries? I see it each time I look into the eyes of my daughters and my son. Where are your hearts, my little ones? Their reply is simple and silent. Where is your heart, daddy? Am I a blessing, daddy? Are you willing to be the stepping stone for my children, daddy? Will you be faithful for generations you may never see, daddy? Will you be a part of a faithful remnant? Do you believe, daddy? Will you trust and obey, daddy? Will you do it His way, daddy, or do you know a better way? Will you disciple me, daddy, or will you send me away? Daddy, will you love my mommy and protect her and provide, or will you send her away? Am I important, daddy, as important as your toys and pleasures? Can I trust you, daddy? Can I trust God, daddy? Is He like you, or are you like Him? Where will you lead me, daddy? Where is your heart, daddy? Little eyes full of so many questions. Do you have vision, daddy? How will you answer? Turn your hearts, men. Our mission starts at home.” —Don Hart
The Jim Zes Family
“My family and I first came into contact with Vision Forum Ministries in the spring of 1999, when we received their catalog in the mail. That summer we decided to attend their Faith and Freedom Tour in Virginia. That tour was the beginning of the life-changing impact that Doug Phillips and Vision Forum were to have on my family and me. Theology (doctrine), apologetics, history, unity of church and family, the father’s role, woman’s mission, dress standards, and voting were several of the areas in which God used Vision Forum to convict, challenge, and conform our thinking to the Word of God. We are so grateful for the faithfulness and courage of Doug Phillips in uncompromisingly and winsomely proclaiming the unchanging truths of God’s Word.
“My family considers it an honor and a privilege to know, serve, and work with Doug Phillips and be involved in such a crucial work of God in our nation today. It is our desire and commitment to further the message and ministry of Vision Forum in every way possible. We believe that our country, our government, our churches, and our families today are suffering the consequences of disobedience and rebellion to God’s Law, and that repentance and a Biblical reformation — laying a new foundation — are necessary to reversing the rapid decline of our culture. The call to obedience and submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of life and practice must be clearly and faithfully sounded, especially to Christians who are unwittingly contributing to the destruction of our nation through their ignorance of God’s Law and their acceptance of cultural norms. This is the heart and mission of Vision Forum Ministries — imparting a multigenerational vision for covenantal faithfulness and Biblical obedience in our homes, churches, communities, and nation. More than ever, men need to be trained for leadership in the gates of the land; fathers need to be discipled to be the prophets, priests, and kings of their homes; women need to be encouraged in their Biblical role as helpmeets and keepers at home; mothers need to be exhorted to love their husbands and children; children need to be taught to honor their parents and elders; and Christians need to be equipped to defend the Faith. Vision Forum is dedicated to providing the tools to be able to do this, through books, tapes, conferences, and retreats.
“We are very thankful that the Lord is using Vision Forum Ministries “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). May God make Biblical reformation in our land a reality in our day. May our children and grandchildren succeed us in advancing the Kingdom of God and discipling the nations, beginning with their own families.” —Jim Zes
“From the bottom of our hearts, the Phillips family gives thanks for our yokefellows in Christ around the nation, who share the dream and vision of Vision Forum Ministries: that God would restore and rebuild the Christian family in our generation. This mission is our passion and our joy, and we thank God for the blessing of being able to co-labor with such an outstanding board, and with so many remarkable families around the nation.” —Doug Phillips