The 2013 Influence Conference wrapped up with the Influence After-Party at the Eurasia Café in the Exhibit Hall, where special guests, speakers and Influence Resources authors shared food, coffee and the highlights from the week, which included the launch of Influence Music and its first project, “One, A Worship Collective: We Believe,” in partnership with Integrity Music.
Artists who contributed to the album played a set of music after Influence Resources’ executives and Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent, talked about the successful conference and milestones the young publishing imprint has accomplished.
“With Influence Resources being two years old this month, we are so grateful to our authors who have allowed us to be the steward of their story for a season, and to the music team we’re launching tonight with Influence Music,” said Steve Blount, Vice President of Publishing, Influence Resources.
Integrity Music worship artist Christine D’Clario, who also contributed vocals to “We Believe,” attended the party after leading 10,500 General Council attendees in worship at the opening service with the rest of the Influence Band. “It’s a blessing to be able to witness the first project that has ever been recorded under the Assemblies of God as a group,” she said. “More importantly, when we recorded it, it may have been the beginning of a movement that will transcend councils and particular groups and spread out to the body of Christ, at least that’s what our prayer is. I’m excited and honored to be a part.”
Guests and speakers in attendance at the After-Party included Rob Ketterling, founding pastor of River Valley Church in Minnesota, and Herbert Cooper, pastor of People’s Church in Oklahoma. Both served as emcees to the Influence Conference this week, which marks its third year with more than 5,500 registered guests. The event has grown from 400 its first year, to 4,000 and now close to 6,000. Designed as a concentrated leadership conference leading into the biennial General Council of the Assemblies of God (U.S.), the Influence Conference attracts dynamic speakers from around the country who are eager to pour into the next generation of leaders, like Pastor Choco De Jesús of New Life Covenant in Chicago; Robert Madu, a Trinity Church staff member in Texas; Judah Smith, pastor of The City Church in Seattle; Dary Northrop of Timberline Church in Colorado; and Christine Caine, of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.
Pastor Choco articulated the importance of taking time out to acknowledge the accomplishments of Influence Resources along with its executive team, authors, artists, suppliers, vendors, ministry partners and associates who were there. “ I believe what we’re experiencing here tonight is a celebration,” he said. “Sometimes as Christians we don’t know how to celebrate great victories, and this is totally one we should celebrate: the largest Influence Conference, its continued growth, a lot of authors, a new worship album. These are many things for which we can be grateful to the Lord—not proud, but grateful. And that’s why we come together as brothers and sisters to be able to give Him all the glory.”
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