We just finished our Every Nation Campus Staff Summit for 2015. This year featured a radical shift in the planning, venue, and direction of the Summit, and by all accounts it was the best one ever.

You can get podcasts, videocasts, powerpoints, and more by visiting our Staff Summit website and clicking on the tab “Media”.

So many great lessons to chew on for months to come, but the main one for myself and for the team that planned and executed it is this:

Jesus is the leader of this campus ministry.

That’s a statement that’s said many different ways. But what does it mean practically?

1. His plans not our plans.

We started planning for the Staff Summit in June, immediately after our EN Campus Conference. With almost five months to spare, we already had a theme, program, and many session ideas. But God had other plans.

The School of Empowerment came, we felt that was a better direction. Suddenly, everything we had planned so well months before was scrapped and new plans had to be made. In fact, we were making changes in the program right up to the week before the actual summit.

Thankfully, His plans are higher than ours.

2. His power not our power.

So much of what happened during the event required God’s power to even succeed. From the Inner Healing and Deliverance sessions, to the prayer for the nations, or the purity that comes from conviction of sins.

For me personally, preaching that message on the third day was completely due to God’s power, not mine. The night before, I had no text, just scattered ideas and thoughts. At 2 AM, I decided to sleep and prayed for grace the next day.

I woke up late – 7:45 AM – and one thought popped in my head, “Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit.” I immediately turned to Ephesians 4 and within the next hour, the message almost wrote itself. I got to the Summit by 9:05 AM and preached the next session.

I’m not advocating or justifying hasty preparation, I am saying that whether we have a lot of time or little time to prepare – what we need the most is the Spirit’s power to come through as we declare the Word of God.

3. His glory not our glory.

Any form of pride, self-sufficiency, or entitlement in our part only shows that we think we’re responsible for our success. But looking at what God accomplished during the event and all the years before it, CJ and I can only conclude that He did this. He did what He wanted to do and should rightly get all the glory for it.

And we’re just glad He lets us tag along with Him.