Last week I was in Galveston attending the Vineyard National Conference. It was a great time of getting to know the Vineyard better, meeting a lot of amazing people, and a time of personal refreshing and challenge. Over the next few posts I'm going to hit on a few of the ideas that really challenged me, but I wanted to give you a quick outline of what was discussed in the main sessions. You can listen to each session here.
Session 1: Bert Waggoner - current leader of the Vineyard, Bert spoke on the call of leadership in a time of rapid change.
Session 2: Cherith Fee Nordling - amazing theologian and woman of God, Cherith talked about the willingness to die to your life so you can fully live the life Christ is calling you to. Personally, this was my favorite and most challenging session.
Session 3: Don Williams - amazing man of God and one of the early Vineyard guys, Don talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit and some of the challenges and questions people often raise.
Session 4: Jay Pathak - young, energetic church planter in Colorado, Jay talked about engaging culture and what we measure as success. Another favorite of mine.
Session 5: Wess Stafford - found and president of Compassion International, Wess talked about the little ones in our world who are often times forgotten and don't have their voice represented. If you are a parent or work with children in any capacity then you've got to listen to this.
Session 6: Rich Nathan - pastor at the Columbus Vineyard, Rich was raised Jewish and he sat and interviewed a Palestinian Christan as they talked about Israel, the Middle East and what it looks like to live out Jesus' call to love your enemies.