We’ve probably been to at least 100 conferences over the course of our lives, and yet we approach each one with a fresh sense of expectation. The Cause Conference in Cape Coral this March is no exception. In addition to looking forward to escaping the cold of the North, we look forward to a warm time of fellowship, and a powerful move of the Spirit.
If you read the letters of Paul, it’s amazing how much space is taken up with travel plans. He talks about how he intended to come visit one church, longed to visit another, remembered fondly visiting yet another. And it’s worth remembering that travel in the first century was much more difficult than it is today. Journeys that would take hours or days today might take weeks. And yet the early Christians seemed determined to take these trips in order to encourage, motivate, and care for each other.
This is why Le Que and I are excited to come to the Cause Conference. We believe there is something powerful that happens when sisters and brothers in Christ come face to face with each other, and invite the power of the Spirit to do a work that might not happen in the local setting.
This is a powerful part of our story. Over ten years ago, at some of the first Cause Conferences in Illinois, many of the team members who eventually came with us to launch Mercy Vineyard experienced a call from God to help launch a new community in Minneapolis. Something about the intentionality and faith it takes to get to a conference seems to open our hearts to a fresh call to Kingdom work.
Come on down to the Cause Conference with an open heart. A single touch from God can do more than years of our own efforts at remaking our lives.