Ministers Rev’d Up and Focalized
Hearts and Spirits Renewed for Advancing the Kingdom!
by John Sprecher, Lead Elder for US FCA
Late April and early May are “convention season” for the North American FCA. I had the distinct privilege of attending the US convention in Orland Park, (Chicago) Illinois and the Canadian conference in Richmond, (Vancouver) British Columbia. Combined attendance at the two conferences was about 500.
The highlight of both meetings was the opportunity to worship, learn, and pray together. Our annual gatherings are always marked with the joy of seeing old friends, meeting new brothers and sisters, and expanding the networking that makes our fellowship work.
Pastor Mike McCartney teamed Christian Hills Church and other area congregations for a wonderful job hosting the “All things Chicago” event with special food and decor to carry out the theme. The convention, called Rev’d Up, was based on Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Links to video or audio from the plenary sessions are available on the fcaministers.com website (https://www.fcaministers.com/resources/convention-audio/) if you want to hear the sessions again or were unable to attend.
Pastor Jim Reimer from Nelson, British Columbia led the Canadian team. It’s always a great challenge to host a conference that is not near a large church, but the local Vancouver team did a great job with the logistics. The theme was “Focalize: Refocusing our vision in an ever changing world.”
Workshops and plenary sessions addressed some of the great challenges of the day, including reaching a post-Christian culture, addressing the LGBTQ issues, abortion, and immigration. We left with a fresh perspective on the love of the Father for his creation and the incredible power of redemption through Jesus Christ.
Both gatherings were infused with excitement for the upcoming international convention in San Diego, California, April 27-30, 2020. The theme will be “The Promise Still Stands.” Information and registration is available now at www.fcaconvention.com. Make plans to be there with your whole ministry team and expect to be refreshed and renewed.