Ignite Summit 2014
Brian and I were given the opportunity to attend the Ignite Summit in Fort Collins, CO last week. Ignite is the Vineyard Movement’s first attempt to highlight the importance of the young people in the Kingdom. It was a fun adventure to leave our kids with Nana and Papa for a few days and drive through the Rocky Mountains, enjoy the taste of the mountains, and experience a revival of vision for the younger generations.
There were so many great things packed into these moments together with other Vineyard pastors and youth leaders, but I wanted to highlight some of my favorite moments.
1. The 4/14 window is my new mission in life. I always thought of myself as a missionary to the nations. I focused on the 10/40 window (area of the world with most unreached people groups) throughout my 20’s. The 4/14 window is the new unreached peoples of the world. The 4/14 Window refers to the demographic group from age four to fourteen years old, which is the most open and receptive to every form of spiritual and developmental input. https://www.4to14window.com/
2. There was a beautiful Indian woman named Amazing Grace who told us stories of the 8,000 children her family has rescued in India. They started taking in one orphan off the streets at a time, caring for them in their own home. Today they have 8,000 children who passionately intercede for their generation. Amazing Grace told us about the children praying for hours through the night, never getting tired, never giving up. She told us about their prayer walks through Hindu neighborhoods where people would throw hot water on the children or burn their Bibles. These kids are resilient. Persecution fuels their passion. They remind me that I am a Rescue Ranger of the Kingdom. My desire to rescue children is intact and ready to launch. http://www.royalkids.org/
3. Gary Best, a leader in the Canadian Vineyard Movement, preached on the new and old wine skins and his conclusions have awakened me to build with vision. He reminded us that “ships” were meant to sail and that as we hand over our “ships”of ministry to the next generation, we must take our hands off of the wheel and allow them to explore and create as they see fit. What if the next generation doesn’t want to meet in large church buildings and sing rock music to Jesus? What if our children decide that the ministries we have built for them is not the direction they want to take their commitment to Jesus? What if they have better ideas? You can’t put new wine in old wine skins and that scares the crap out of old wine drinkers. I don’t do church exactly like my parents. My kids won’t do church like me either.
4. The last thing I wanted to share was something that a Facebook friend, Bonnie Bylsma, shared in our children’s pastor’s breakout session. She was speaking about reaching the families as a multi-generation, instead of just looking at segregating the children for ministry. Multi-generational worship is the new multi-cultural worship. We are looking for ways to engage the full family of God. I long for the day when the children pray over the grandparents in power, the parents reach out to the singles with prophetic signs of hope, and the teenagers become friends with the 40 year olds in natural mentoring relationships. Let’s close down the church wings at times and come together to bring our individual flavors into one aromatic pot of praise to Jesus.