There is Power in Connections

There is Power in Connections

Ken Draughon

Superintendent

July 1, 2021

It has always been extremely important in God’s kingdom to be connected. Someone said, “I feel like a phone call—that’s been disconnected?” In Romans 12:5, “...Christ makes us one body and individuals who are connected.” We belong together in this tribe we call the Assemblies of God. In Deuteronomy 25:18, the Israelites were warned of what happened to the stragglers coming out of Egypt. “They attacked you when you were exhausted and weary, and they struck down those who were straggling behind” (vs. 18). The enemy looks for those who are worn out to the point they disconnect and others who decide not to stay in step with those they are supposed to be journeying with. The enemy will set you up to disconnect from the fellowship you are a part of often without you knowing what he is doing.

God is the God of CONNECTION! God has created divine connections for our lives. There is power in connection! The devil fears divine connections! His ultimate aim is to cut you off from God. He tries to split marriages, split friendships, divide churches, divide denominations, and isolate people. Although our culture is more connected than ever before through social media, people are more isolated, disconnected, and lonelier than ever.

God NEVER wired us to be ALONE or DISCONNECTED! One of the fundamental purposes of your church is to help alleviate this sense of disconnection experienced in our culture.

Everyone needs a tribe! Over 400 years ago, John Donne penned a poem: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” We are divinely connected by God, and we need to practice partnership in our fellowship. My desire is to see a greater connections in this Alabama AG family. This can only happen if it is intentional. We must have a relational network!

In our annual Fall Network (District) Leadership Tour, we are designing it to be a special blessing to you and your leadership team. We will have three regional conferences, each hosting five sections. Our Tour Speaker will be Assistant General Superintendent Rick DuBose. We will begin at 9:30 AM, and the day will cover sectional business along with ministry downloads for your entire team. Pastor DuBose will share in the morning session, and after lunch, we will offer ministry enrichment breakout sessions concluding with a special session by Brother DuBose.

The Southwest Region (Demopolis, Mobile, Baldwin, Andalusia, and Monroeville sections) will meet at First AG, Atmore on September 27. The Southeast Region (Dothan, Enterprise, Phenix City, Montgomery, and Sylacauga) will meet at Evangel Church in Montgomery on September 28. The Northern Region (Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Cullman, Anniston, and Tennessee Valley) will meet at Life Church of Cullman on September 30.

We are believing God for a tremendous outpouring of his Spirit during these regional conferences. We are expecting every participant to experience his presence and be encouraged by the fellowship. The Bible says one shall chase a thousand and two shall chase ten thousand (Deuteronomy 32:20). God has called us into a family, and we must cooperate to accomplish the purposes of God. It is tempting to separate and go solo, but it is a sure route to insignificance because we all need the cooperation of our God-given family members to reach heights of greatness. We need to realize that God’s favor and blessings are a “body thing” and not a “solo thing.” We look forward to seeing you at your Regional Conference.