Conference Update – “If you build it, musicians will come.”

Is this heaven?

No, it’s the New City Music 2011 Conference!! 

Planning a conference, I feel a little bit like Kevin Costner in the film, “Field of Dreams”. If you haven’t seen the film, (or like my wonderful wife, you need a little plot synopsis to remember if you’ve seen it) Costner’s character is a farmer in Iowa who hears a voice telling him to turn his corn field into a baseball diamond. The voice only says, “If you build it, he will come.” Eventually, Ray Liotta shows up as Shoeless Joe Jackson…well…you get the idea.

Costner’s character feels scared and a little crazy as takes on a impractical, spiritual mission. I can relate to that. I start to wonder if anything will really happen or if anyone will actually come. I start to feel doubt that we have anything good to say or anything real to contribute. I begin to question my own motives and begin to fear a kind of divine retribution for being too ambitious and narcissistic. In Sonship, that would be called a classic “orphan mentality”. An orphan mentality produces fear of God that comes from taking our eyes off of the gracious gift of the cross. As a full son and heir, I can be confident that God is my loving Father who takes pleasure in holy fellowship with me through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. With my eyes fixed on Jesus, I can see that all those fears were coming from a spiritual attack not from the Holy Spirit.

These fears are a smoke screen, but what is the reality. By God’s grace, we have an excellent lineup of experienced speakers and musicians who come from many different cultural backgrounds. By God’s grace, we have a wide range of registrations coming in from gifted multicultural music ministries who are all excited about coming. By God’s grace, we are still financially “in the black” and on target to hit our goal of breaking even. By God’s grace, our hope built on nothing less and Jesus blood and righteousness! Here’s a break down of who is coming so far:

Registered Ministries thus far:
New City Fellowship – University City (St Louis)
New City Fellowship – South City (St Louis)
New City Fellowship – Glenwood (Chattanooga, TN)
New City Fellowship – East Lake (Chattanooga, TN)
South City Church (St Louis, MO)
Crosspoint Encuentro Church (Smerna, GA)
Covenant Presbyterian Church (Orlando, FL)
Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship (St Louis, MO)
The University Church (Athens, GA)
Covenant Seminary (St Louis, MO)
Concordia Seminary (St Louis, MO)

There’s more ministries that have given me verbal commitments that they are sending people, but I am not going to list them here until we get them registered.

Countries of Origin in addition to the USA:
Kenya
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ivory Coast
Panama

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