Fire & Fragrance Calgary 2018 - My Thoughts
It been a long time since I attended a full on conference of any kind. I guess perhaps one reason I don't attend conferences very often is because I find I get discouraged afterwards comparing my life to the lives of the people who were leading/speaking. And they make for a really busy weekend.
Some good things I'd forgotten about conferences though that pleasantly surprised me this weekend were:
- Meeting a bunch of people with similar passions and desires as myself and being able to talk and share with them.
- Getting challenged by good teaching - even though sometimes I do get discouraged, the 'wrestle' with God about what they said versus what I'm doing or where I am is, I believe, good.
Paul & Hanna McClure
- God doesn't waste anything. ANYTHING. He doesn't waste time in preparing us for what he has in store for us. They really encouraged everything to be 'thankful and present' where we're currently at. 'Faithfulness in my current assignment is my greatest assignment'
- All the 'creatives' at Bethel are unpaid (!!!) I had heard this before, but not first-hand. Knowing the expectations and effort that goes into a worship service at that caliber, the question that I'm sure came to everyone's mind that Paul addresses was 'How do you keep these creatives around and engaged?' His answers:
- Jenn Johnson always says 'Are you called to be here?'
- They have a monthly team meeting that is mandatory where they do team building an encouragement. I've seen meetings like this done in a patronizing way and I can't see how that would fly given the high expectations there, so it must be a good 'real' meeting.
- Expectations are clear from the start.
- Dealing with confrontation: honour people with brave communication. They do debriefs after every service with personal feedback. People can feel bad because they don't feel cared for. How would love communicate and care in a difficult situation?