Visitors to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, a rustic resort community about 40 miles north of Chicago, usually come to enjoy a variety of leisure activities, horseback and carriage rides, boat cruises, and hot-air ballooning. But over Labor Day in the past two years, a group of about 150 men and women have gathered at Lake Geneva for the Vine. With a name inspired by John 15, this unique conference brings together an assortment of Christians, including clergy, scientists, students, and stay-at-home parents, for a three-day weekend of prayer, fellowship, and lots of conversation.
The conference's panel presentations are kept to five minutes per person, leaving plenty of time for debate and discussion, which inevitably spill into corridors and continue over dinner. Listen carefully to what the participants are saying and you may arrive at a surprising conclusion: Among ...1