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Seattle welcomes Foursquare Connection 2018

Foursquare Connection is being held in the Pacific Northwest for the first time since 1995.

Foursquare let it be known that they are excited about Seattle, and they are also enthusiastic for all that the Holy Spirit will do during Foursquare Connection 2018.

The packed out Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle welcomed 3,200 attendees for an opening night of powerful worship with Angelus Temple’s worship team and a much-anticipated word from Nick Vujicic, founder of Life Without Limbs.

Touching on the theme “Transformed by Jesus,” President Glenn Burris Jr. welcomed the bustling audience by video from his home in Georgia. He was unable to travel to Seattle due to a medical mandate after doctors found a blood clot in his lung recently. Glenn still encouraged those in Seattle and those watching through Connection Live, saying “The move of His Spirit literally changes the landscape.”

Even through some technical difficulties, the Connection Live at-home audience also readily engaged the event, with several thousand views on the first night alone. The at-home audience, which includes Foursquare’s president this year, will enjoy a special pre-show before each session which includes interviews with speakers and Foursquare leaders. 

Powerful speakers and worship times are planned for each session, with plenty of room for prayer and intersession, and for the Holy Spirit to minister to the needs of attendees gathered from across the country and around the world. Speakers include a mix of Foursquare leaders—Leslie Keegel, Chris White, Daniel A. Brown and A.J. Swoboda—as well as longtime Foursquare friend Ed Stetzer and new friend Brenda Salter McNeil. Los Angeles-based Angelus Temple will bring the worship again tomorrow, with the Northwest’s own Parnell Brothers leading worship on Wednesday and Thursday.

Conexión Hispana will be held in the ballroom for the second year; the Spanish-language session will also be broadcast through Connection Live. Worship will be led by Evan Craft and Tony Talamantes; Dr. Joseph Castleberry will bring the keynote address.

Offstage events include 30 practical workshops, in addition to Affinity Network Workshops held on Tuesday and Wednesday; Multiethnic Connections will also be held on Tuesday.

There’s also time for some fun built into the schedule. Those looking to see beautiful Seattle on foot will join in a 3-mile Seattle Fun Run on Tuesday. Those under 35 will head down the street to connect over free food in a creative space at the Young Leaders Mixer on Wednesday.

In addition, attendees are encouraged to grab a friend and sign up with Foursquare Disaster Relief for the Project Nourish Meal-Packing Event, taking place on Wednesday. Foursquare has the chance to pack up 110,000 meals for Project Nourish, a campaign fighting famine in East and Central Africa that is affecting thousands of Foursquare families.

Credentialed ministers and voting delegates will set aside time on Wednesday afternoon to participate in the business session, with voting scheduled for Thursday morning. Catch up on this year’s business reports and proposed bylaw amendments at foursquare.org/business.

Stay connected this week by tuning in 30 minutes before each opening session to connectionlive.org. Find live interviews during the pre-show, as well as all clips of all the session goodies you want to see again. The Foursquare Connection 2018 Event Guide is also available for download.

Purchase the Digital Downloads card for $99 to listen to all the workshops you missed, to bring main speakers back to your church staff, and to use any story videos or the powerful spoken word opening video in your church service. All downloads will be available almost immediately after convention ends.

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Marcia Graham is the content manager for The Foursquare Church in Los Angeles.
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