Thursday, April 6, 2017

Staying the Course

If you read the news or live in California you would know we have been in a drought for many years. But 2017 brought a significant amount of rainfall encouraging all things formerly dry to bloom and grow. That which was parched is now flourishing, all because of the rain. As much as California needed rain so too the Calvary Chapel churches in this region needed an outpouring of God’s Spirit to refresh us.

This week we gathered with over 1,300 pastors and leaders at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar for the Stay the Course conference. The time spent together was uplifting, unifying and refreshing. It was great to see so many pastors after several years and to rekindle friendships we’ve shared through years in ministry. To me it felt like the first conference we have had since Pastor Chuck went home to be with the Lord. Worship was anointed and powerful and harmonious as one voice lifting up praises to the Lord. The teaching of God’s Word was completely on point. During a Q&A forum several first generation pastors shared their hearts about ministry and Pastor Chuck Smith. These men brought a tremendous amount of clarity and led us by still waters. They also showed a great amount of respect and appreciation for our godly heritage. It was truly inspiring and reminded me of what a blessing it is to be part of the Calvary Chapel family of churches.

For the last several years I have attended the East Coast Pastors Conference (ECPC). At the ECPC there is an unpretentious simplicity and powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit. It's the word, worship, prayer, fellowship, and unity that make the conference what it is. I’ve prayed for a long time for a similar gathering here. This week my prayers were answered. This conference helped many of us identify what our course truly is. I am so encouraged and excited to see what the Lord has in store for us as we continue to do what the Lord has called us to do. This week the trumpet sounded and we rallied. 

Nehemiah 4:19-20 Then I said to the nobles, rulers, and the rest of the people, "The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet rally to us there, our God will fight for us." 

To listen to the Stay the Course messages go to Stay the Course