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March 10, 2007

Large Church Conference

We just concluded our first Large Church Initiative in the Holston Conference. It was hosted by First Centenary and Christ United Methodist Churches. Our speakers were Bishops Al Gwinn & Hope Morgan Ward, Rev. Adam Hamilton, Kent Millard, and Leonard Sweet. We offered over 40 workshops and three onsite learning experiences. I do not have the figures of the number of attendees but on Wednesday we had about 225 registered participants. Those who attended were from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia.

The conference was advertised as a Large Church event but many came whose hope and drive was to reach at least 250 persons in worship and go beyond. I was impressed with the presentations, plenary sessions, workshops, and sermons. We experienced emergent worship, contemporary worship, and traditional worship.

As soon as the evaluations are read and reported I will post the results. What a Holy Spirit filled time!

Posted by Bishop at March 10, 2007 09:38 PM