December 28-31, 2015 // Kansas City Convention Center // $69 with promo code: ET2016
The Onething conference is a gathering of 20,000+ young adults who have purposed in their hearts to live with abandonment and devotion to Jesus. It is organized by the International House of Prayer - Kansas City (IHOPKC) and its primary aim is to encounter Jesus so that we might be equipped to answer God's call in our lives and to carry His heart's desires to the world.
It is a community of believers from many Christian backgrounds, dedicated to a pursuit of establishing life's core values on seeking God's continual presence, equipping people to do the work of the ministry in evangelization, prayer, and spiritual direction, establishing apostolates of 24/7 prayer, and helping music ministers to expand their professional and spiritual capacities. Their main activity is focused on keeping continual corporate adoration in the Prayer Room.
It is a gathering of Catholic young adults (18+) during the Onething conference for the purpose of refreshment, individual encounters, and deepening of our understanding of God's prophetic voice speaking throughout the whole Church. The main aspect of the gathering is to meet those who are seeking to deepen their prayer life and to establish a solid and lasting foundation in their spirituality. We seek to apply ancient wisdom afresh in the contemporary world, and to create a network among diverse Catholic leaders: active and contemplative, business- and ministry-oriented. We seek fruitful ways to bear this wisdom to souls in this current spiritual landscape: relativistic spirituality practiced in isolation, unbridled moral choices, and those who maintain a cultural adhesion to a faith they do not understand.
It is our desire to build the bridges through establishing meaningful relationships with our non-Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ that will be built on Christian charity, a common pursuit of personal holiness, mutual respect of each other's theological heritage and position, and an exchange of experiences in our walk with Christ in order to come to the unity of all Christians, as Jesus and Pope Francis call us into. We pray for the ecumenism of friendship.
We are grateful to Mike Bickle and his leadership team for making it possible for us to have this opportunity to gather ecumenically with fellow Christians. Invitation from Mike Bickle, Founder and Director of IHOPKC
MajorChange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit apostolate encouraging metanoia (spiritual conversion) by establishing ecclesial communities, ecumenical events, overseas missions, and media services to ultimately help others to reach happiness. Keith and Iwona Major are Catholic reverts, who were missionaries for ten years in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and served six years on staff at the International House of Prayer. They are the visionaries, organizers, and sponsors of the Catholic Ecumenical Track.
The Catholic Ecumenical Track is funded by MajorChange and is not subsidized by IHOPKC. The $39 registration fee goes directly to IHOPKC to cover cost of general admission. Would you consider partnering with us to see Christians encountering each other and building bridges of trust? No amount is too small:
The Catholic Ecumenical Track will take place during the afternoon sessions for four days (Dec. 28-31) and it will include praise and worship, teaching and sharing plus ministry time, chanting Vespers and other forms of prayer. Daily Mass is available at 12:15pm across the street (five-minute walk) at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Mornings and evenings will be spent together with the other 20,000 young adults attending the conference through extended times of worship, teaching, and ministry.
Who is the Holy Spirit and is He still forgotten or unintentionally neglected among believers in 21st century? Are His charisms real? Should the Book of Acts be our guide as we go out to the world? How do we receive, study, practice, and develop the gifts that He gives to the Body of Christ? Can we give what we do not have? What is life in the Spirit? Are we ready to risk living the life of disciples who are empowered, commissioned and send out? How to recognize and follow God's footsteps continually and not live on the previous times of anointing and spiritual prosperity. Mary Healy will share not only her expertise on these themes but also her experience of seeing people healed, delivered and made whole.
The team panel will answer your questions about power encounters and power evaneglization, discernment, praying for healing and deliverance etc.
It seems often that God hides or camouflages Himself and we can not recognize His presence. As we seek Him, we search for the understanding of His ways through reading and meditating upon the Scriptures, prayer, and reflecting on existential circumstances. When our desire and determination grows, it is easier to stay attuned to the promises of our loyalty to Him but whenever we find ourselves in a spiritual desert or confused about happenings in our lives, we long for help. Can we be romanced to the fullness of Love or are we left with our human determination to wander around the garden of life, asking for enough grit to survive to the end? Dan Burke will talk about the invisible God who draws hearts to Himself through paths that became especially clear to St. Teresa of Avila.
The team panel will answer your questions related to personal prayer, intercession, spiritual warfare, developing spirituality etc.
What does community life look like when people support, encourage, and help one another while being centered fully on Jesus? How can we develop a life of ora et labora as a community? What will change when we order our lives around a call that we receive from God, as a family, small group of friends, parish, club, organization, business, community, or neighborhood where our primary vocation is to know God, love Him and our neighbor and fulfill His plan? Balancing a Martha and Mary approach. How to channel the grace of God given to a community of believers into the works of mercy? Fr. Josh Johnson will share His experience of living a life fully consecrated to the Church's mission where the variety of pressures, expectations and responsibilities exist which can be answered only through a heart anchored prudently in God's wisdom and responding prophetically to the unctions that burden our hearts.
The team panel will answer your questions about different forms of prayer-centered groups, ministries, and communities who are seeking to become a Bride that longs for Her Beloved and to organize all of their ministry around that goal.
Is it possible to become God's vessel whose creativity, imagination and skills are fully depending on His grace and follow every movement of His heart? Is it possible to live for the audience of One Mover? What has the gift of poetry and musicianship to do with God's never ending inspiration? How does God speak to the heart of an artist and what responsibility does it leave? What kind of 'praise and worship' experience is true, not hyped and leads to redemptive encounter with God Himself? What should a 'worship leader' pay attention to while embarking on a journey with God? What personal aspects of spiritual growth are absolutely non-negotiable to those who are discovering, learning, and leading others in prayer or P&W? What does the life of an influential leader look like? Audrey Assad and Matt Maher will share their insights on living in hidden places of God's dwelling while serving with their gifts and about developing the virtue of ecstatic worship in a current culture demanding constant sensual and immediate gratifications.
The team panel will answer your questions about developing a heart of a prayer and praise and worship leader, growing in personal holiness and becoming sensitive to the voice of the Spirit. They will share about creating and leading teams of musicians and singers who serve particular needs of their audiences.
All questions to our panelists have to be delivered in written form before or during the conference, before the session. Your questions will have a greater chance of being answered if you will
Everyone, laity and clergy, but especially youth and young adult leaders, DREs, all music ministers, catechists, worship leaders, prayer leaders, community and Catholic movement leaders, and diocesan, parish and small group leaders involved in evangelization, intercession, healing and deliverance, spiritual and charism discernment. All who seek unity of the Body of Christ.
We pray that the Catholic Track will gather like-minded people who, fascinated by Jesus drawing them always closer to Himself and experiencing desire to go deeper into the knowledge of Christ and His Spirit, will take this opportunity to meet, talk, eat, share their experience, and converse with those with similar vision of life in the communities based on the principles from the Book of Acts.
We want to meet those who desire to embrace a vision of a community of believers where people encounter Jesus daily, missionary disciples are continually formed, charisms are recognized and practiced, evangelization flows naturally from the Christ centered-life, life in the Spirit is cultivated by the continual challenge of staying faithful to personal, family and communal prayer, where studying the Scriptures and meditating upon them is our daily bread, serving others with the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit is not enclosed to the internal affairs of the Church, leadership is not confused with administration, and where we embrace all stages and states of life. Below you will find friends who embrace this vision:
We are excited to bring the teaching and experience of the Charismatic and Mystical aspects of Catholic spirituality so profoundly carried throughout centuries, as well as broad infusion of creative aspect of Holy Spirit's inspiration in various free expressions of His charisms. We have not planned and we do not aim to make this Catholic Ecumenical Track at Onething yet another conference but a meetup of people who are sensing the call to risk it all for Love and who have an urgency to learn and share the ways of His supernatural leadership. Our Catholic Track team consists of trailblazers and pioneers who, as we are trying to humbly discern at this time, will bring the break through experience for all those who are longing for renewed intimacy and passion for Jesus in their personal life and will invoke back the wonder of the Holy Spirit's activity, especially in the areas of personal and communal prayer which is the center of all Christian life, fueling all other aspects of our existence.
Between 1895-1903, Bl. Elena Guerra wrote 12 confidential letters to Pope Leo XIII, asking him to encourage greater devotion to the Holy Spirit among Catholics, urging him to "go ahead and open permanently in the Church the true home of prayer, a Cenacle [Upper Room], where the faithful united to the Divine Mother as she prayed with the Apostles in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, impetrino [third-person] from the Divine Spirit, with a Veni [coming] constant, the longed for renewal of the face of the earth." As a result, he wrote an encyclical on the Holy Spirit, Divinum Illud Munus, in 1897. He also sent a private letter to all bishops, recommending that the Novena for Pentecost be prayed at the dawn of the 20th century. At another request of Sr. Elena, Pope Leo XIII invoked the Holy Spirit by singing Veni Creator Spiritus in the name of the entire Church. On that same day, in Topeka, Kansas, a small church experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit which eventually gave birth to Pentecostalism and spread rapidly. Pope John XXIII asked that the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) would be opened daily asking for a new Pentecost and his first beatification was of Elena Guerra. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit began to spread among Catholics in America at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1967.
Christians affected by this new outpouring of the Holy Spirit quickly found themselves finding common ground crossing their theological differences and historically implied denominational animosities. The birth of ecumenical focus followed new streams of renewal and allowed many to encounter other Christians like never before, seeing what united them as grounds for continual dialogue, in though and life of the Church.
Kansas City has a history of bringing Christians together. In July 1977 - 50,000 gathered - Catholics (45%) and Non-denominational / Protestants (55%) for the Charismatic Renewal Conference. The four-day conference was really a "conference of conferences" being that ten denominational conferences were held each morning and afternoon in Kansas City that included workshops led by charismatic leaders and teachers from around the country. The day would climax each evening by everyone gathering in Arrowhead Stadium to pray together in one united body.
In the video above you will see Cardinal Leo Joseph Suenens, Fr. Michael Scanlan T.O.R., Maria von Trapp, Dr. Kevin Ranaghan, and the Catholic Conference. You will also hear Ralph Martin's prophetic word given during the general session. You can find more material about the 1977 conference at: New Wine magazine - October 1977 issue, Charisma magazine - September-October 1977 issue, and Vine & Branches magazine - May 2007 issue.
We do not look to the past with some kind of spiritual nostalgia but we move forward toward ever new encounters with Jesus. At the same time, we would like to acknowledge this unprecedented event's historical and spiritual importance as we, by participating with the International House of Prayer, make a small step toward ecumenical unity by meeting our fellow Christians and participating in the common times of prayer hoping for prudent discernment and renewed zeal in pursuing the heart of Jesus.
The conference is held in the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, which is about twenty minutes south of Kansas City Airport (KCI) and twenty-five minutes north of the International House of Prayer Missions Base.
Check out our speakers, worship leaders and attendees stories of mercy, delivered daily during Advent: