I went with a team of about 20 people from our church to the 2010 Wave Conference in Virginia Beach last week & it was awesome! Every single one of us left with God encounters that significantly changed & challenged us. It's much like going to an awesome youth camp, but for adults. :-) Pastors Steve & Sharon Kelly & their team (wavechurch.com) always do a tremendous job in creating environments that produce life changing experiences. Wave Conference, much like Hillsong Conference, is designed for the entire family which is an awesome blessing. I'd recommend anyone wanting to grow their church or grow their lives attend next year. (waveconference.com) I wanted to share a few thoughts that stood out to me from the various speakers. Most of these quotes are without context, so keep that in mind. Words can't describe what God deposited into my heart & our team in those few days... but I'll give it a shot.
WAVE NETWORK PRE-CONFERENCE
Speaker- Gary Clarke, Lead Pastor of Hillsong Church (London)
Key Quotes- "Wherever you find disorder, chaos or trouble in an organization you'll find a heart filled with selfish ambition" (James 3)
"Be an attractive person. Attractiveness is about doing the best with what God has given you."
Speaker- Scott Wilson, Eurolead.net (His, 'The G Factor' book is worth a read)
Key Quotes- "Your destiny is determined by your connections. Give thought to your life long relationships" He said so many good things but I couldn't write them all down because he had me laughing so hard. Hilarious!
WAVE CONFERENCE 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
Speaker- Pastor Brian Houston, Hillsong Church (Australia)
Key Quotes- "The theme of your heart will determine the story of your life."
"The end of an era is not the same as the completion of your destiny."
"Leaders live with the belief that the best is yet to come"
"Your alignment (who you partner with) is just as important as your assignment (what you're called to do) because it will determine whether or not you fulfill your assignment."
"Never develop a wounded Spirit."
"Don't bring your theology down to the level of your experience."
Speaker- Pastor Steve Kelly, Wave Church (Virginia Beach)
Key Quotes- "You may need to chew on mediocrity for a season, but don't develop a taste for it."
"Your self-esteem will attract a certain type of person. What you respect you will attract."
"Don't sabotage the good things in your life by expecting bad things."
"Don't make important decisions in isolation or in anger. Resist being a compulsive or reactionary person & leader."
Speaker- Pastor Judah Smith, The City Church (Seattle, WA)
Key Quotes- "God is not a pinata & prayer is not a stick."
"Don't try to 'fix' it when you really need to 'faith' it."
"We should pray each day not because it's the right thing to do but because we need to do it to make it each day"
Click here to listen to or watch a version of the message that he shared at the conference. Fantastic!
Speaker- Pastor Casey Treat, Christian Faith Center (Seattle area, WA)
Key Quotes- "The Spirit of a man or woman decides whether or not they will overcome & will sustain them through tough times."
"Who's in your life & how are they affecting your spirit?"
"There may be bad stuff going on around you, but don't let it get in you."
"Have an excellent Spirit like Daniel (the prophet) & rise up anyway (despite your circumstance)"
"You can say the right thing but have the wrong spirit."
Those are a few of the quotes from the life changing sessions that I had the privilege to be a part of. The environment was life giving, the worship was phenomenal & I had an absolute blast. Looking forward to 2011 already!