Reflecting on #REFLECT11

I’ve had a few days now to catch my breath, get my voice back, and try to recouperate amidst the Virginia pollen (to no avail), since the Aletheia Network’s (2nd Annual) Reflect Conference ended on Saturday. It’s weird that this time last week, everyone was beginning to make plans to be in Richmond the next day for the beginning of what I feel was a monumental 3 days. Honestly, May 12-14, 2011 will probably go down as the most pivotal moment in the history of this 10 year old Network. It takes a lot for me to say that because quite frankly, God has moved in some big ways before. But when you get 200 people together from 4 of the 5 Aletheia Churches in one place, at the same time, in complete unity, filled with the Holy Spirit, the results are profound.

For 3 days, we came together, worshiped our creator and Savior, elevated His name, emphasized His church, and celebrated what He had done in our lives and in our churches over the past year and the past decade. The task during the main sessions for the speaker’s was to teach through the entire book of Ephesians. What better way to learn about Christ’s church than to look at Paul’s letter to the Ephesians!? I feel like our pastors did an incredible job presenting what it looks like to be churches that are Christ-centered, gospel-centered, missional etc… The bands from Richmnond, Norfolk, Harrisonburg, and Tampa led us in some fantastic worship. The people who organized the event did an incredible job and we are so grateful for them. There were break out sessions (the one on “are you interested in church planting?” drew somewhere around 60 people), special times of worship, and wonderful times for our people from our churches to draw closer to one another. There were countless twitter posts with the tag #Reflect11, lost of pics uploaded on facebook, and a crazy amount of laughs…Heck, there was even an engagement! We had it all at Reflect this year. I’ve never been in an environment where you can go from not knowing someone to becoming their best friend so quickly. It was truly a sight!

Jesus is moving in some big ways in the Aletheia Church Planting Network. We have a lot to look forward to. We have a lot of work to do! As I spoke at the Friday night session, I mentioned how this conference made me reflect (no pun intended) on the last 10 years. I was able to think back to what God had done in such a short time; the people whose lives had been transformed, the baptisms, the discipleship, the global mission trips, the early stages of each church plant, the relationships that had been developed etc… And what the reflecting does is only make me that much more excited about the future. As I write this, I have no idea what the next 10 years will hold. But I can rest assure that there are going to be a lot more Aletheia Churches in American and around the world. In the next 10 years, my hope is that we will plant 25 churches. That is my vision. This can be accomplished. Nobody is more passionate about church planting than Jesus and He (thankfully) is the one who is building this movement.

There is so much to look forward to and being able to reflect on what God has already done only gets me more pumped about what is going to transpire in the coming years.

Buckle up people! It’s going to be a crazy adventure.

I would love to get your feedback if you attended Reflect this past weekend. Thanks.

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