Searching Together Gathering 2016
“…… if we walk in the light as HE is in the light we have fellowship with one another….”
This year’s gathering was wonderful and awesome. Twenty six of us from all over the USA came together truly as one to seek the face of Christ together. Everyone’s portion of the Truth in Love was accepted and valued by the whole group and the results of our submitting unto one another in this fashion truly honored the Master and blessed us all in ways beyond mere belief.
This was my fourth straight year at the gathering and I have never been disappointed with the grace, freedom and hospitality that hosts Jon and Dotty Zens have offered to those willing and able to make the trip there. In this blog I talk a lot about totally free and open, Spirit led, relational fellowship and I want to say that this gathering demonstrates that, on a national scale, better than any I have been a part of since 1996 in Potato Creek Indiana.
The Holy Spirit was with us all in a manner I have rarely experienced. We would show up to whole group sessions and people would literally begin to share things that we had just discussed among ourselves in our separate apartments right before the session. I mean word for word and scripture for scripture, exact same concepts and truths. It was so confirmatory and awesome. For example right before our very first session several of us were discussing the absolute need for humility in serving Christ and others. Ten minutes later Jon opened the gathering by sharing briefly on the humility of Christ. All four days were like this.
Our sessions were discussions, NOT sermons, with a supernatural give and take and ebb and flow. Everyone was encouraged to share and no one dominated any portion of the gathering. It was so encouraging to be a part of and witness so many freely sharing their gifts and insights and interacting with the rest of the Body at large.
To me living, eating, cooking, sharing and singing together was the best part of the gathering. However, what I came away with the most was a deep sense of being thoroughly connected with others who were there. There was a knitting together of hearts that many seldom, if ever, experience in everyday church life. We did not ATTEND a conference together, we participated in the Divine nature together. And friends, it doesn’t ever get any better than that on this side of eternity. Give yourself to fellowship with others and you will reap real relationship directly from the Hand of Christ.
Kirk Out !
P.s. We were up every night until after 1 am and it was worth it!