I’m writing from a hotel room in Kent, WA this morning. Carissa and I are attending the Northwest Ministry Network Conference which is located at New Life Church of Renton this week. This conference offers a great couple of days in the spring of every year to reconnect with old friends and get refreshed and inspired with fellow Assemblies of God pastors and leaders.
Our network superintendant, Les Welk, spoke at the opening session last night on the conference theme “Multiplication.” The Northwest University Choralons provided the music. It was an excellent kickoff. The theme of the opening message, and really of the entire conference, is the biblical mandate for multiplication. Les traced this theme from Abraham through the Great Commission, into the explosive growth of the church in the book of Acts. When God is at work multiplication happens, new life is birthed, and fresh vision expands. The specific application for our network is a renewed vision of initiating church plants and satellites throughout the Northwest in the coming years. We planted 381 churches nationally in 2011, and the goal for the next few years is even greater.
Les did a cool thing in the introduction to his message. He talked about his children, two sons and a daughter, and then his grand-children. He actually had his grandson, probably around a year a half old, brought up on the platform (in front of the packed auditorium of around 1500 people) where he held him as he talked for a few minutes. It was a cool moment. He then announced that his other son and daughter-in-law were pregnant with twins. Multiplication…
Multiplication is a good thing. We believe in it. Les’s introduction inspired me to take this opportunity to personally illustrate this. I’ve been given permission by Carissa to officially announce our own multiplication plans.
Carissa is 16 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child! (cue: !!!!!)
We’re due around the beginning of October. Another Murch will soon be running the halls of LifePoint Church. We thank God for his grace and the blessing of new life.