September 25, 2012

If your ministry year has been like mine, you know that money has been tight. It’s a challenging economy and churches have been hit hard. I’ve found myself second guessing every single purchase. Can we afford $9.99 for another Passion CD? Is this video really strong enough to justify spending $19.95 if I’m only going to use it once? I’m guessing you can relate.

That inner struggle has been especially fierce when it comes to special events and conferences. I absolutely love the spiritual boost I get from attending annual gatherings where the worship is great and the fellowship is greater. But I’ve had to cut back. I think we all have. I’ve stayed home. And I’ve missed something.

I know there are some of you who have had an ongoing inner debate about the ZOE conference since it was first advertised in the spring. It’s been three years since the last one. You can still remember the incredible weekends you’ve spent in Nashville or other cities around the country, learning the new ZOE songs, hearing from Mike Cope, Randy Harris and others, going to helpful classes that gave you new tools for your ministry. You smile when you think of the great conversations you’ve had with people who share your unique call to ministry in a unique tribe. Most of all, though, you remember the worship. There’s just nothing quite like it.

You want to come. But money’s tight.

I want to encourage you to come anyway. Sure you can pick up the CD on iTunes or through the online store. Yes, you can download the scores through The one thing you can’t get by staying home, however, is the EXPERIENCE. If you’ve been to a ZOE conference before, you know what I’m talking about. You need to be here precisely BECAUSE it’s been a rough year for many of us! That’s why we chose the topic “Faithful.” For one unforgettable weekend in Georgia hundreds of us will come together and celebrate a God who is bigger than our biggest struggles. I want you to be a part of that.

It’s not too late. Come join us.

Randy Gill President, The ZOE Group