Leaders of a northern Colorado church conference set for this week hope to disprove the notion that followers who are too heavenly minded are of no earthly good.
"Let Heaven Come" is the theme of Convergence 2013, a Feb. 6-9 conference of praise and worship, prayer and healing that's open to individuals and churches along the Front Range.
"This conference will both challenge and equip (believers) to carry the culture and reality of heaven at all times," said Jonathan Wiggins, Rez senior pastor and Convergence host.
Wiggins' father-in-law Don Boyett, pastor of Lake Providence Church, is one of the speakers. The Louisiana pastor will be joined by his son-in-law, speakers and worship leaders from Loveland, as well as pastors from several Denver-area churches.
Experiencing the presence and glory of God, and enjoying other attributes of heaven - as described in two biblical passages - will be emphasized in day and night sessions through Saturday. Nightly sessions are free and open to the public beginning at 7 p.m.
The fifth chapter of Revelation and the 13th chapter of First Corinthians describe characteristics of heaven that are available here and now, according to Wiggins.
Other heavenly realities include an absence of sorrow, and heaven's eternal foundations: Faith, hope and love, Wiggins said.
Because much of the activity of heaven is described in the bible as praise and worship, the conference will seek to do the same. The sessions will be recorded for production of a new worship project on compact disc.
"While much of this conference will be focused on worshiping God through singing and worship, this is much more than a 'worship conference,' " Wiggins said.
The conference is designed to saturate believers in the atmosphere of heaven, so that they can carry it into their places of work, schools and neighborhoods.
Jubilee Christian Fellowship, a multi-campus church in south suburban Denver, will be represented at Convergence by its pastor, John Leach, one of the conference speakers.
Another speaker, Todd Hudson, is pastor of Freedom Fellowship, a church Rez helped plant in the south metro area of Denver.
Dave Powers, producer of one the nation's largest Christian music festivals, Heaven Fest, will lead worship with Shawn Lombard, another praise and worship artist.
Freedom and Joy Ministry Founder Kawika Cornelius, who combines the biblical gift of prophecy with evangelism, will round out the invited speakers list.
Wiggins will be joined by Rez pastors Kathy Melson and Diane Blanco who, respectively, oversee prophetic and intercessory prayer ministry at the church. Pastors Mike Olson, Kurt Chamberlain and Bob Groeneman, also from Rez, are included in the line-up of speakers.
Participants can pay to view a live webcast of the conference online, or register to attend the conference in person at rez.org/convergence.