It is Thursday, a week after the ONE2 Conference, and the excitement and energy of the evening is slowly transitioning into a time of joyful reflection.
For me, the evening was both challenging and rewarding. It was incredible to see everything come together and I’m so thankful for the dozens of people who helped make it happen.
Now I’m simply pausing to enjoy the amazing people, speeches, conversations, and relationships formed because of ONE2. I’ve just barely begun to process everything that happened during the evening. When I stop to reflect here are a few thoughts I can’t get out of my mind:
1. College students are eager to learn and talk about faith and work.
Creating an unknown, untested event for college students was certainly a risk. Especially when we consider that learning about the Biblical Doctrine of Work might not be a hot-button topic for many students.
But everything I saw throughout the evening has encouraged me that college students are serious and willing to learn and talk more about their faith and how it applies to work. Students everywhere were deeply engaged in conversations with Christian business leaders at their table. There is a hunger and thirst within the Christian community to learn what living out faith in Jesus Christ looks like.
2. Our Christian faith is not about us.
Hugh Whelchel spoke of the four-chapter Gospel: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration and lamented that much of our culture tends to neglect the creation and restoration of the Gospel. Viewing the Gospel in light of all four chapters causes us to understand the world as something made perfectly and something that will be restored perfectly. In fact, the greatest tool God has given us to be salt and light in the world is our vocational calling. God calls us to use our work to restore shalom (peace, prosperity, justice, and flourishing) to our world.
3. Conversations are our greatest asset in changing the world
ONE2 was a unique spin on a traditional “conference” environment. In fact, it was designed to be a conversation.
The idea of listening to speakers and then turning directly to a table of peers and leaders is not only engaging, it’s Biblical.
As Christians we are called to love our neighbors, to take care of the poor, to submit to one another.
At ONE2 the message was that no matter where you find yourself, no matter what job you have, you have the opportunity to engage with those around you. And ultimately, people grow into the conversations you create around them.
Soon I will share the story of how ONE2 came about. It’s been an incredible six-month journey and Jesus showed up every step of the way.
It’s really exciting to think that we might be just getting started!