A few weekends ago, my church hosted their first (that I know of) Conference. I think it went very well. The purpose of the conference was to "refresh, renew and restore", and personally speaking, it did just that. After the conference, I certainly felt rejuvenated and had a new boost in my faith. I had been going through some personal issues, and was even considering to quit my worship leader position at the church. You know, sometimes things become too much, and you need to take the chance to recharge your batteries, so the conference was just what I needed.
I didn't actually do much for the conference, which was kind of a relief in itself. A lot of times I feel like, besides the pastor and his wife, that I'm the ONLY one who does anything, and sometimes that gets a little burdensome. I did play one song, though. I played the spanish version of "Never let go" by Chris Tomlin, but before I did it, I told a story about a scripture in Romans (8:30something) that had really spoke to me at a point in my life where I felt abandoned. I don't usually speak much before playing, which I am working on, but I felt led to this time and it actually went quite smoothly. The best part, though, was when I was done, a lady from our congregation came up to me and gave me a big hug. In preparing for this conference, it was really the first time I had taken the time to talk to her, and I think what I said really spoke into her, so I was very encouraged by that.
In fact, since that time, I have heard of several people who now want to help, which is pretty cool that we, as a church, are growing and people want to participate.