Day One

Photo by Paul Gor

For our 90+ first time attendees of the World Christian Conference that took place this past weekend, this post is especially for you. For the rest of you, you’re welcome to read this post too! 🙂

As first timers, and I count myself among you, attending the World Christian Conference can be a shock to the system. It is, after all, a weekend packed with messages from the Lord that are by nature going to turn our worldviews inside-out. When we are in complete obedience to God’s calling in our lives, we realize the priorities the world measures us with have no relevance to us. We may find ourselves caught up in the battle between flesh and Spirit.

Today, on Day One, the Spirit has the advantage. But even now, the world and the prince of this world, Satan, are relentlessly chipping away at your resolve with distractions and discouragement. They may seem subtle at first, but in time, the passion lit in your heart will fade and you will look back and wonder what happened to your motivation to live out God’s calling.

I want to remind you now, while it is fresh in your hearts and minds, that your relationship with World Christian Fellowship did not end yesterday when you left Redwood Christian Park. Your relationship with WCF began when you arrived at camp and we are still here, walking beside you to support you in prayer, encouragement and networking. As long as you stay plugged in with your WCF community, we commit to helping you find your place in the Great Commission.

There are currently two very practical ways for you to remain connected with us:

Prayer Groups. WCF Regional Prayer Groups were the foundation of our organization, existing even before the World Christian Conference. We still believe Prayer Groups to be the heart of our ministry, giving our community a place to meet regularly throughout the year to pray, learn and network with other World Christians going through the same trials and joys you are. You may contact the Regional Prayer Group Facilitator in your area on our website to find out about the group meeting near you.

What? There’s no Prayer Group meeting in your area? Well, that’s even better news! If you have the heart to establish a Prayer Group, our Regional Prayer Group Coordinator can train you to host one. Prayer Groups can meet in homes or churches; the important thing is that they provide prayer, learning, and networking opportunities for our community members.

Serve. If you believe God is blessing World Christians through the ministry and events of WCF, we welcome you to join us. We are in the process of defining the roles and skills we  need for our ministry, but it is never too early to let us know you are available and willing to serve with us. Currently, you can contact me and I will keep your information handy and send you an information packet once we are ready to communicate about our volunteer opportunities.

We are encouraged as your co-workers in Christ to accompany you on the journey you are on. Let’s keep pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14)!

Ready for WCC 2012!

Happy World Christian Conference Eve! After months of planning and hard work, the event has finally arrived. Tomorrow, over 220 people will retreat to the beauty of nature to spend the weekend with the Lord, listening for His guidance in how to go about living the Great Commission in their lives.

The WCF and conference leaders have been fasting and praying over the past couple of weeks for each of our conferees and speakers to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in camp this weekend. We pray that above everything else, God is able to meet each person where they are in their World Christian journey and direct them forward to where He wants them to go.

As this is my first conference, I admit I’m a bit giddy with expectation and nervous about the things I am responsible for, which are admittedly few. In a way, not being busy this weekend creates some of that stress for me because I feel like I have the bandwidth to pitch in wherever help is needed. At the same time, I want to get the real WCC experience and not get overly involved in the details and behind-the-scenes planning that goes on all weekend long.

I hope to be able to check in via blog at various times during the weekend, but of course that depends on how much time I have and how good the Internet connection is. At the very least, catch us tweeting on Twitter all weekend long using #wcc2012.

 

Welcome to my Blog World

Hello friends, as I begin my new adventure as Executive Director of World Christian Fellowship, I thought it would be appropriate to start a new blog to mark my transition. I named this blog “Set the World On Fire” from a song by Britt Nicole that really inspired me as I pondered making the leap into ministry.

I wanna set the world on fire
Until it’s burning bright for You
It’s everything that I desire
Can I be the one You use?

In the spirit of full disclosure, I created this blog today for two reasons. One reason is simply that our WCF website hasn’t been updated in years and frankly, I’m a little embarrassed to direct people to it. I wanted to get my hands on WordPress (I’m still a technogeek, after all) and see how easy or difficult it would be to give our website a quick facelift when the time comes to do so.

The second reason is that for the many friends who are supporting me and my family prayerfully and financially, I wanted to create a place where I could easily update you on what is going on in my ministry and the lives of my family in general. I will incorporate this blog into my updates for those of you who are comfortable viewing updates online.

The advantage of a blog as opposed to a written update is the ease in which you can interact with me through comments and messages online. Of course, I prefer face-to-face talks whenever possible, but in this busy world where friends are often spread over large distances, I realize that can’t always be the case. Feel free to read my blog and write comments at 2am, if that’s the only free time you have! 😉

If you are partnering with me in my ministry, I thank you for also keeping up to date on the work I am doing in the ministry and my prayer requests. Let’s walk this journey together!

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:3-5