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Riding with the Spirit: A Reflection On the Vineyard Global Family Conference from Michael Gatlin

Michael Gatlin

Michael Gatlin

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What a great month many of us have had. I hope that those who were able to join for the Vineyard Global Family Conference were as deeply impacted as I was. To experience a week with the Vineyard family from over 60 nations; to worship in multiple languages; to continue to support planters and pastors in multiplying our movement; to see the kingdom of God a little more in the “already” rather than the “not yet” was a joy and blessing to so many of us!

As some of you know I love to ride motorcycles, in fact, I trekked to the conference with a couple other Vineyard leaders. We circled the Great Lakes, cruised through Canada, crossed by the mighty Niagara Falls, and wove through the backroads of Pennsylvania and Ohio. It was a great way to prepare for the week of the conference.

When riding motorcycles you are always aware of the wind and the weather: How it will impact you. If it will be shifting your direction. If it will be boldly in your face, or kindly at your back.

Arriving at the conference I strongly sensed the presence of God at work. The Holy Spirit was powerfully with us in Columbus that week. Like the early New Testament church, we are a community of many cultures, nations, and languages; and we are much better for it. I believe that we experienced God honoring our diversity in our movement by nudging us by the Spirit as a wind that many of us felt.

I loved the way that the speakers, many of them leaders from around the world, continued to point us back to the basics of evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, focused church planter training, and diversity. The wind of the Spirit is at our back urging us along.

In the Vineyard we are people that seek to be guided by a wind that we cannot control, but that we are able to feel and listen to. May we continue to feel the wind of the Spirit with us in this work. May we press on, together.

Lastly, I would like to share a wonderful recap of the conference from the Winnipeg Centre Vineyard for those who would like to hear more about the conference. I couldn’t write one better myself. Thank you Pastor Suhail Stephen for your wonderful writing and reflection.

 

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