Over the last few weeks, we have introduced a brand new project: Anthem Summit 2015.
Anthem Summit will unite the Anthem family around the mission God has entrusted us with, and equip each other for the mission God has given each one of us.
Anthem Summit came out of a desire to see the family at Anthem deepen in their faith in Jesus and to equip each other to thrive where God has each one of us.
Sometimes, we feel like we need to arrive somewhere before we can lead others. But, often, we don't see what God is doing. Right in front of us. Right where we are. Wherever you’re at in the journey, it’s time to go deeper. Going deeper requires simplifying and prioritizing. Going deeper requires a pause, an analysis. Going deeper brings to mind a pause in the charge forward to put down roots and thrive.
As believers, we are called to thrive where we are - not waiting until some moment to begin using our gifts and serving. To thrive, we must go to the source: Jesus. We must find our ultimate satisfaction and fulfillment and joy in him.
We must go deeper to thrive. We are doing this by honing in on two things: unite and equip.
We will unite around the mission Jesus has given us a church: to help people find their way back to God, and unite around the vision for the year. As a church, deepening will be a major focus to everything we do, and we want to use the main sessions at Anthem Summit to rally around this.
Anthem Summit will be a great place for the body to equip each other! What I love so much about Anthem Summit, is its the body in action! Its the body equipping each other! The heart behind this was really Paul's words to the Corinthians:
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
(1 Corinthians 12:12-26 ESV)
Over the next 2 months you will hear a lot more about Anthem Summit, but for right now, I encourage you to register as spots will fill up fast, and we only have room for a limited number of people!