Okay, the conference is over. The last day we heard from Dave Gibbons in a general session and the breakouts we went to were done by Brad Fieldhouse, Paul Kaak, and Dana Cole. I will be sharing thoughts from each of these throughout the next week.
I will say now that I was not disappointed at all with this year’s conference. I was at the first CMA conference three years ago. I remember that year I was totally confused. Everything was new to me. My brain hurt. I didn’t know what to do next. As a result, that next year was tough. We tried and “failed” numerous attempts to do “different” things. It was a harsh learning experience that I will never forget.
The next year, we needed some healing and clarity, which we got. I remember thinking during last year’s conference, “That makes sense.” So much of what was shared last year, we had experienced the hard way the year before, and just didn’t know how to frame it with words. Needless to say, we received a lot of clarity, focus, and direction. This past year, has continued to be a healing and refreshing time of learning to listen to Father. We have met so many new friends that offer encouragement, fresh insights, and just plain ol’ friendship. It is good to have new friends to share this crazy journey with.
Now, after this year’s conference, Father has shown me many things. I have fresh ideas of tangible ways to live out Kingdom values in my neighborhood and city. Father has fully begun breaking my heart for Memphis and Southaven in two very radical ways. I will share more on that later. Also, Father is causing some deep introspection. Not the kind that makes one prideful or self-centered, but the kind that breaks you in humility. To be honest, it doesn’t feel all that great. But, feelings can be quite deceiving, because I know this is good. This is the place I must be. I am not sure how long this season will last, but one thing I know, I want to embrace it with a open heart and mind. I am sure I will be sharing much more on this later.
So, the point of this post is to simply say, stay tuned….