Overview of Connection 2013
Starting a day later than in years past to give attendees a chance to enjoy the nearby theme parks may have shortened this year’s annual Foursquare gathering, but Connection 2013 managed to leave people feeling well fed without being overwhelmed.
The introduction of short QuickTalks, in which speakers had just three or four minutes to present a key thought or idea, proved popular. The nine mini-messages on topics such as prayer, restoration and the miraculous complemented longer keynote addresses on issues such as healthy leadership principles and life lessons from Joseph.
In addition to inspirational speaking and vibrant worship, there was plenty of positive information, too. Annual reports showed Foursquare to be financially healthy, while the number of churches scheduled to be planted in the United States in the next year was announced to be four times last year’s total. Video reports from the Middle East and South Pacific exemplified the growth of Foursquare Missions International worldwide.
Conventioneers found plenty of time to fellowship, catch up on old friendships, and pray together informally. Among those who left happy were David and Susie Edler, senior pastors of Yakima Foursquare Church in Yakima, Wash.
“We loved it,” David said. “It’s always wonderful to be in a place where everyone enters into worship, and the content was incredible—it spoke right to our circumstances, to our situations. It was very healing and challenging.”
Michael and Jannie Stubbs, senior pastors of Victory Fellowship Church (Emporia 2 Foursquare Church) in Emporia, Kan., agreed. “The speakers were amazing,” said Jannie. “I like hearing Foursquare people, but it’s also great to hear from people from outside, too.”
With Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., drawing families to this year’s gathering, almost 500 of the 3,179 total registrations for the event were children and teens. They enjoyed their own program, joining their parents for a final, lively multi-generational celebration.
President Glenn Burris Jr. announced that Connection 2014 is to be held in Dallas, with the event moving to Anaheim, Calif., in 2015.
While the May 28–30 gathering was hosted under the theme “Engage: Learn. Live. Lead,” many will look back on the event as centering on repentance, reformation and renewal.