Continuing in the apostles’ doctrine, and fellowship, and in prayers

What is Kingdom
Fellowship Weekend?

Purpose

Kingdom Fellowship Weekend exists to promote Biblical Christianity in an era marked with apathy and compromise. Our heart-​cry is to “continue steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Our passion is to return to the historical Anabaptist focus of total surrender to King Jesus and to embrace this lifestyle within our local church communities.

We endeavor to do this by encouraging revival, fervent prayer, surrender to Jesus, and by providing a forum for Biblical teaching for those who desire to live as disciples of Christ. We want this event to be a place where kingdom-​minded Christians from various backgrounds can meet one another for edification and encouragement. We especially want to encourage those who are new to embracing the teachings of Jesus and provide fellowship for them in the journey.

We are committed to a Christian expression that is Christ-​centered, Scripture-​based, and Kingdom-​focused, specifically as modeled by the Anabaptist tradition. Although KFW is organized and sponsored by conservative Anabaptists, our vision is to build bridges among all true followers of Jesus. We welcome all who, as we, are praying “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

History

In 2004 a small group of 1520 young people came together in Union County, PA for a weekend of prayer and fellowship. Those organizing the meeting asked one guest speaker to come speak on Saturday. The rest of the time was spent together just as young people. Several of the young brothers shared on topics and the sisters prepared food. It proved to be a tremendous blessing and we decided to continue.

Each year the group of young people has grown in size and the meetings have moved to various larger locations. A vision that continues to prevail in the organizational efforts is to invite young people whose hearts are truly seeking first the kingdom. Many of the young people from the first number of years have been married and are now raising families of their own. In light of this dynamic the organizational team has been seeking to find ways of integrating both singles and families into a weekend that will be meaningful for everyone.

One week ago today was the final service of Kingdom Fellowship Weekend 2017. At risk of trivializing an incredibly enriching experience, I’ll offer a brief commentary. It was the first time we attended and our family looked forward to it all summer. It was everything we anticipated and more. Re-​connecting with old friends. Making new friends. Receiving teaching from seasoned men — John D Martin, Dale Heisey, Curt Wagoner and others. Connecting at a heart level in the small groups. Hearing of kingdom exploits and growth in many places and ways. But most impressive to me — though there was diversity of culture, ethnicity, and fellowship, there was an amazing sense of unity and purpose that was as tangible as the diversity. It was a microcosm of the kingdom of God. The ultimate challenge is to begin there and expand the kingdom to the ends of the earth. Christ taught us to pray that kingdom would come and his will be done in earth as it is in heaven. May we experience this in our day!”

KFW Attendee