Emily, Jack, Benjamin, and I attended the Vineyard National Conference last week. The theme of the conference was “All In.”
The conference was encouraging and refreshing and exhausting. Is that possible? It was fun to have the kids with us, but that was exhausting, if you know what I mean…
The kids had a lot of fun, but 3 hour sessions were a bit much for them.
Highlights for me from the conference:
- The Worship was awesome. I think Vineyard Worship is finding its groove again. The music coming out of the movement these days is so good. If you have stopped paying attention for some reason or another (you know who you are…) you should start buying the vineyard records again. There were a couple of really sweet worship moments last week. The Roots Worship team was awesome – Marie Barnett had some prophetic words that moved the room into deep worship and I really thought they brought the house down with Exalt the Lord – a 20+ year old worship song. Neverclaim closed out worship on Thursday night with 900 teens in the room and they had the place rockin. It was awesome! At one point all the kids were jumping up and down and the cameras were bouncing so the screens were destabilized. It was disorienting.
- I have been serving as an Area Pastor in VineyardUSA for a little less than a year – I went to Maine for the leadership transition in September last year. It was unique going to this conference in that role. Being in the know as a leader in the movement, I felt like I knew the direction of the movement and I have been trying to encourage my pastors and leaders about the direction. This was the first big opportunity they have had to see that in action. This conference was Phil Strout’s leadership, direction, and momentum, in action. It felt good. It felt positive. And, I got good vibes from most, if not all the people I am in relationship with.
- I am really encouraged about the Kingdom Ministry momentum in the movement. The naturally supernatural focus is so good, but there was a real emphasis on going after healing, deliverance and Holy Spirit ministry. It was very refreshing. Steve Nicholson and Robby Dawkins were great (they talked about Pursuing the Spirit for a Lifetime) . But, I was most impressed with the way the Spirit moved during and after every session. Hundreds of people went forward for prayer ministry every session and it was just assumed that people would come and pray – there were no assigned prayer ministry teams for the conference. It was powerful. Emily and I went down and prayed for people in many sessions (it was fun to be at this with my bride and ministry partner!!!)
That is it for now.