It’s been a good week. I miss my wife like crazy, but I pick her up in 4 hours – WOOHOO!
I got a phone call from Pastor Danny this weekend and he invited me to visit the ARC (Association of Related Churches) conference with some other guys from Oasis. Good times! We missed the first session (which I’ve got to download – ASAP), but we started off Tuesday morning with speakers Greg Surratt, Dino Rizzo, I went to some breakouts yesterday afternoon, and then we finished the night with a message by Brian Houston.
I’ll write more about their sessions later, but I do want to say that I loved being around these ARC folks for two days. They’re Spirit-filled believers who aren’t nutso. They have passionate worship, but they’re always seeking to disciple their people, they’re not in competition with each other.
I think the biggest thing I walked away from is an awe for what God is doing through the body right now. It’s an unprecedented time of co-operation and unity within the church body as a whole. LifeChurch.tv’s One Prayer series is a springboard to seal the deal with what’s been developing for years. The more I see, the more excited I get about the state of Christianity in our nation. The call from Bethany and the charismatic realm for repentance right now is pivotal to this continued unity. Oh yeah – did I mention that Jonathan Falwell even spoke for a few minutes at the conference – unprecedented time of unity in the body.
A lot was going on inside me at the same time. God’s been revealing a lot about our future to us recently, and this conference really confirmed a lot of that in my heart.