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Sunday, October 09, 2005

The ninth Zoe Conference is now history. And here's my favorite moment. Last night as we closed, Larry Bridgesmith offered a blessing to everyone. He invited us to raise our hands as a sign of receiving God's blessing. On the very front row were four little girls who raised their hands and listened carefully. One of them, the smallest one -- maybe four years old -- was using one hand to drink from her sippy cup and the other hand to soak up the blessing. Now, again, out into the world God loves so much . . . . We did a few things differently this year. We'll of course listen carefully to the feedback and make adjustments appropriately. But we don't want to be another group that came up with a winning formula and then stayed with it forever -- even while needs and opportunities changed. One thing I heard about the leadership conference is that people would have liked to have heard more from some of the speakers. So . . . maybe the sessions could have been the same -- fostering interactive learning -- but perhaps we could have had one less worship session and one less affinity community session to allow someone like Leonard Sweet a couple chances to challenge us in plenary sessions. In January, we'll hold the same conference ("In Christ Alone") in Fresno. Lee, get the avocados ready, brother!


  • I'm sorry I didn't get to speak with you personally this year, but I enjoyed getting to hear you speak. Please, if you cut out anything don't cut out the worship times....I think they are what many of us come for. Having said that I would have loved the opportunity to have heard Leonard Sweet.

    But now, I'm on the mountain top and I thank all of you for all your hard work in bringing this together!

    By Blogger DJG, at 10/09/2005 05:21:00 AM  

  • I really enjoyed my second conference with y'all. You can just make THE WORD come alive. I've got to watch more movies... last year you referenced The Matrix and this year it was something from The Princess Bride. Looks like I need to make a trip to Blockbuster!

    By Blogger That Girl, at 10/09/2005 11:05:00 AM  

  • Out here in Fresno, those of us not named Henderson keep tabs on the Nashville conference with great anticipation. I'll make sure that Lee has the avocados ready on one condition: bring the music video!

    Glad the conference was a success. Go Angels!

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 10/09/2005 11:58:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Thought I wouldn't be able to attend, but in the end, God in His never ending faithfulness allowed an opportunity for me to be at the Saturday night service (Someone else had to go home early, so I got their seat). As is always the case, I felt like God's awesomeness washed over me while I was there. I feel "commissioned" to do the work! Thanks for being so willing to share your journey toward the goal with us. I am energized and ready to serve "In Christ Alone".

    By Blogger Snapshot, at 10/09/2005 01:26:00 PM  

  • it was such a great weekend, and i was so thankful to be a part of it...some of my favorite things also included leonard sweet, the amazing donna hester, and the interpreters...what a challenge to truly worship with our whole body! there were so many challenging moments, so many wonderful speakers and conversations, and such transforming worship...i am so thankful for all of God's servants who planned this conference, and can't wait until next year...

    now...for the real highlight of everyone's weekend...
    when is that video promo going to be linked on your blog?!

    By Blogger tine, at 10/09/2005 03:02:00 PM  

  • *Randy*



    That alone was worth the seven hour drive.

    By Blogger Chris(co), at 10/09/2005 06:00:00 PM  

  • What an awesome four days Mike! Thanks to you and everyone for all you do to serve us! We are so richly blessed, my wife and I just kept saying all the way homw. "We were so blessed, we were so blessed!" Thanks again for sharing yourself with us. Blessings!

    By Blogger CL, at 10/09/2005 06:07:00 PM  

  • I'm a newbie to the comments,
    but i've got my husband reading your blog...your movie and guacamole references brought him in, and your transparency is keeping him reading. Thanks!!

    we too were so blessed by Zoe - and by the Holy Spirit being invited into that place.

    And of course we have tried to tell all our friends and family (who couldn't come about) about your debut video - but it doesn't translate well, so what about making it available from your blog??? we could find you some choc chip kudos in exchange!

    Thanks for this place - for sharing yourself and your story. Also for your words this weekend...the are ringing in my heart. God Bless.
    -Krista (my husbands blog and weird picture, not mine)

    By Blogger Jim, at 10/09/2005 06:36:00 PM  

  • NNNOOOOOOO!!!! Please, please, please do not get rid of any praise and worship time!!!! I SOOOO enjoyed this past weekend ~ personally I would rather see more P & W time than individual traks. It was wonderful and truly blessed by our God.

    By Blogger Mae, at 10/09/2005 08:14:00 PM  

  • You missed one of the real highlights, which was at the end of the worship session on Friday afternoon (I think the excuse was preparing for your Friday night session). The close of the session was "Amazing Grace" sung by George (Pendergras?). He, Pat Flynn and the interpreter made it a transcendent experience. George & Pat's impromptu jam session in the lobby Saturday night after the conference was over was pretty cool too.

    By Blogger Scott, at 10/09/2005 08:15:00 PM  

  • The Lord is Good!

    May God bless you and your ministry for sharing the meesage of Christ's words with us this weekend. The comissioning was powerful and may God use you even more than He is already (haha! i know that may be hard to imagine sometimes)

    God bless!

    By Blogger Drew Battistelli, at 10/09/2005 09:46:00 PM  

  • On the trip home today, my wife and I both discussed how the emotion displayed in interpretation for the deaf was VERY encouraging. I didn't have a chance to speak to them, but they were all a visual blessing. Please give them a big 'thank you'.

    By Blogger Glenn, at 10/09/2005 09:49:00 PM  

  • I am so pumped today. The worship conference was more amazing than ever. What is the name of the "Meg Grant" look-alike who interprets for the deaf(AND the hearing, imo!!). I am mesmerized by her face,her body movements, & her rapturous worship--and I'm a woman saying this! Mike, a huge thanks to you & ALL the others who make this event happen. Your excellence in everything shows in a BIG way!

    By Blogger annie, at 10/10/2005 07:35:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    My thanks to you and all the Zoe group for giving us another Spirit-filled weekend. Thanks for Friday night's sermon on the mount and for making the beautiful old text seem so new again, thanks for the
    compelling and enduring picture of the women in the lineage of Jesus, the songs in my heart (and even in my sleep), the scruffy Matthew who convicted me (and made me laugh while doing it), the sermon/song "I Repent", the monologue-testimony that helped us take a look at ourselves, and the aha! moment phrase: "Living like Jesus is not something we do to get salvation--it is our salvation."
    Being in His presence this past weekend and in the midst of His body was "heavenly".

    By Blogger Vkls, at 10/10/2005 10:09:00 AM  

  • Oops! I meant "Meg RYAN". Guess all the inquiries about Amy "GRANT" on Mike's blog caused me to type in that name instead. Anyway, passing the real name on would be much appreciated!

    By Blogger annie, at 10/10/2005 10:37:00 AM  

  • Please say a prayer of blessing and of thanksgiving for all those that serve the Lord on a full-time basis all across globe.
    Pray that the lost souls who have built their faith on false foundations will see the cracks.
    I'm thanksful for my girls who have been "forced" to own their faith from such young ages because of where we live (Salt Lake) and who today stand stronger because of Him and what He has done in their lives.
    I'm sometimes envious of those who live in areas with so many christian fellowship opportunities. Please remember, in prayer, the church in Salt Lake; great things are happening here as we shine our Light to our community.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/10/2005 05:08:00 PM  

  • Annie -

    Here's one of my favorite little-known facts of the "Meg Ryan" (Teresa) who translates: she's in her fifties and is a grandmother. That's called aging well. :)

    By Blogger Mike, at 10/11/2005 04:50:00 AM  

  • Hi Mike.
    Thanks for your efforts at Zoe this year. I would love a copy of your "promotional video" for CoC classic songs! That was outstanding. I also wanted to thank you for the blessing for myself and my fellow teachers. It was great to walk back into my classroom this past Monday and yes, I'm one of those "sick" people who teach middle school. May God continue to bless your ministry. Go Angels!

    By Blogger cwinwc, at 10/12/2005 08:59:00 AM  

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