July 31, 2013 § Leave a comment
Several years ago I received a phone call asking if I’d be interested in joining the steering committee for the Experience Conference in Orlando FL. This was being billed as a “Worship Conference for Worship Leaders, by Worship Leaders”. The concept was extremely exciting to me… The idea was to gather 10-12 worship leaders from across the country for a few days to spend time worshiping together, praying, dreaming and planning a conference that would speak to the very heart of their peers… And that’s exactly what happened! The result? An absolutely amazing several days of Worship Leaders, Musicians, Volunteers and Pastors being challenged, encouraged, and refreshed…
What made this conference different than the others? It was the “felt needs” that only those who are in the trenches of ministry can understand… It was the heart to see leaders transformed and empowered to head back to their churches with new, fresh vision and excitement that can only come from God! The reality is we can organize, study, plan, and prepare all we want… But only God can transform the human heart. Thankfully he includes us in His plan, and gives us the opportunity to join Him in His work!
The last two years have been nothing short of amazing… The general sessions and breakouts have been incredible. And the worship times and concerts are phenomenal! Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster, Michael W Smith, Gateway, Rend Collective, Anthony Evans, Elevation Band, etc… All at Disney!!!
Many times throughout my career as a full-time Worship Pastor I’ve questioned my calling, abilities, motives, and impact… And each time I’ve told God that He has chosen the wrong guy to do this work. Each time he answers with the same loving response… “I Know!!!” 🙂 The reality is that none of us are smart enough, qualified enough, talented enough, or spiritual enough to move people’s hearts closer to God. That’s something only He can do… But this is the cool part… Colossians 1:27 says: “For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ Lives In You. This gives you assurance of sharing in His glory”. Wow… What an amazing thought. The pressure is now lifted. It is not my work, it’s His. It is not my ministry, it’s His. It’s not my abilities or training that allow me to succeed… It’s Christ in me!
This year I’ve been asked to speak Wednesday morning for the general session at the Experience Conference. Honestly, ever since I received the phone call I’ve been once again telling God that he has the wrong guy!!! And I can still hear Him saying… “I Know!!!” 🙂 But I can also hear Him saying… “It’s my work, not yours… It’s my story, not yours… And I will be with you!”
Therefore… I am excited to see what God is going to do that week! I’m excited to join with over a thousand worshipers, leaders and musicians in lifting up our amazing God! And I am humbled and honored that I have the privilege of being called a child of God, and that He allows me to serve His church each week in worship leadership.
Please pray for all who are attending the conference this year. And pray for the speakers, leaders, and all who are pulling together their resources and energy to see lives impacted for Christ. Also… If you are interested in attending this conference there’s still time! Go to http://www.experienceconference.com/