Thank you, pastors and mission leaders, for attending our Missions Fest Seattle luncheon held at Eastside Foursquare Church on May 23rd. 180 people from all around the Seattle area shared this time together with 40 new churches represented. There were great conversations, new relationships started, encouraging speakers, great food, and a look ahead at our Missions Fest Conference coming up at Eastside on October 18 – 19. You can click on the images at the end of this post to view a slideshow of this year’s luncheon.
If you missed out on the details of this year’s upcoming Missions Fest, download and view our PPT presentation which was shared at the luncheon. In upcoming blog posts, we’ll be highlighting and explaining some of the items announced at the luncheon and featured on the powerpoint. For today’s post, I’ll share a bit about the message our main speaker challenged us with.
Dr. Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwest University, in Kirkland, WA shared some of his background and upbringing, which included almost 20 years on the mission field in Central and South America.
He went on to show us that the Kingdom of God is like a net (Matthew 13:47-48). He explained that a kingdom has three things: a king, a group of people in a region over which the king rules, and people who accept that rule. There is no kingdom without loyal subjects. We as believers are all part of the Kingdom of God, the net. It’s not just the clergy. They are important and oftentimes have to repair the net, but all of us are fisherman and are needed to catch the fish, to bring in the harvest.
Every individual church is needed. Every denomination. Every agency. Every individual. But we are far more effective when we work and function together under the guidance and empowering of the Holy Spirit. Imagine a net with each individual square going fishing on its own. Wouldn’t be very effective. All are needed and all need to work together. The Kingdom of God is stronger when the net is connected in many places. That’s fits with this year’s theme of “Better together… for His glory.”
Let’s all spend some time praying and reflecting on where we fit as part of the net and how we might work better together in order to bring in the harvest for the King.