Searching Together Gathering 2014
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5: 21
This past weekend I had the honor and pleasure of being a participant in this years Searching Together event. We gathered Thursday through Sunday just West of Chicago Illinois at a venue that provided a conference room large enough for 22 of us and an opportunity for a true communal living experience in guest apartments with three bedrooms each. We met together under the Headship of Christ as a large group several times a day and also met “house to house” each evening, We broke bread together with glad and sincere hearts and all our times of fellowship were extremely sweet and profitable.
This year’s gathering was intentionally more conversational than previous events. Instead of having 40 minute teachings followed by 40 minutes of questions and interaction, every session was allowed to be totally free, open and interactive from the start. Our focus was on dialogue rather than monologue and Spirit led interruption was welcomed and encouraged.
In a word it was WONDERFUL. It was perhaps the best national gathering (We had folks there from coast to coast) I have participated in since 1996 at Potato Creek Indiana. We were allowed to have totally open and free, Spirit led fellowship without the hint of manipulation or human control. The flow of the Holy Spirit was very rich and deep and everyone got to share their portion of truth in love with the entire group. Plus believe it or not we did not experience even one moment of contention or sharp disagreement.
As we took turns sharing we simply submitted to the Christ in one another and the overwhelming fruit was sincere love. In prayer, song and word we lifted our voices and Jesus met us there in a deep and substantial way. Jon Zens shared Thursday night and said we could have either revelation or religion and I guess we all chose revelation; and we found it in one another. I have been gathering and interacting in this free and open manner since 1976, and not once have I been disappointed. When you put away all agendas and yield to the Spirit’s leading and teaching through each member of the Body the Truth in Love just flows to the benefit of all involved.
At this simple gathering my relationship with Jesus grew deeper, as did my relationships with the other participants. Wow, it is a true blessing to be honestly able to say “participants” instead of mere attendees. Special thanks to Jon, Dotty, Jodi, Marv and all the others that worked to help this event happen. I am really looking forward to 2015. Those folks are more than friends…they are family!
Kirk Out !