It’s been a month since the Every Nation World Conference in South Africa, and we still have the conference fever. Oh, what an amazing couple of days it was! Candice and I are extremely thankful to God for enabling us to attend the conference.
If you were not able to be part the World Conference this time, Candice has put together a list of things she’s learned here. I also recommend you listen to all the podcasts. Super rich content, you can find here
While there are have so many things we learned and enjoyed, here is my pick of the top 5:
5. Realignment to our Mission
We are a missional church. A sending church. A “GO” church. We value discipleship, not just see maturity but to create movement. We may not do the wonderful things that some churches are doing or the way they are doing it. But that’s ok because we are a Missional church. The last couple of days really helped me be reminded why God has placed us in this spiritual family.
4. Campus Night
Day 3 – What an amazing time. It was Campus Night. What makes Every Nation a unique movement is we are called to plant Christ-Centered, Spirit Empowered, Socially Responsible churches and CAMPUS MINISTRIES in Every Nation. The call and reason why we need to reach the campuses of our cities and nation were such an eye opener. It’s not that we’ve not heard it before, but with the season that Candice and I are in, the call for us to reach the students in our campuses was loud and clear. We left Cape Town with a desire to see the campuses reached for Jesus.
3. A Global Family Reunion
We are a global family. When we meet for occasions like the World Conference, it is like one big family reunion. The joy and excitement to meet our brothers and sisters from all over the world is just indescribable. We were so happy to give a hug, a high-five, take a selfie and encourage one another. During the days there, we were able to reconnect with old friends and make new ones from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, USA, China, Ireland, England.
2. Connecting with Spiritual Family
We are not perfect, we don’t have the everything people might be looking for in a church. But I would never trade my spiritual family for any other. I love the way we put a premium on relationships and walking together. Seeing how our father’s in the movement have stuck it out with each other over the years sets a standard for us the younger generation to follow. Grateful, grateful, grateful!
1. Worshipping Together
It was a taste of heaven right here on earth. People from every tribe and tongue gathered together to worship the Father in heaven. The presence of God was so tangible throughout the conference. I’m sure many felt encourage and strengthened, just as I did during our time together. An added “feel-good” was that all but one song was written by Every Nation churches. I love the sound of our church.
On the last day of the conference was one of the crowning moments for me. We had communion together as a big family. I love what Pastor Steve exhorted for the communion, and I paraphrase him “We may have a vision overload of what we need to do when we go back. But may we not put our eyes on the vision, but on the cross and what Jesus did”. WOW!
As we return to where God has placed us, the task may look big. The vision might seem overwhelming. But I’m grateful that I don’t need to focus on what I need to do, but rather focus on the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
See you Orlando for our Every Nation World Conference, 2019.
Pictures were downloaded from the EN2016 Conference Recap Church Kit