Denominational Fun


Denominational Fun
The study conference was great!  It was way better than the last “postmodern” conference I was at.  I sensed a very sincere desire to talk about the issues that deeply affect our churches.  At one point I was really impressed with the tone of the conversation and how unpolitical it was.  As the conference went on I saw pockets of pastors in what I might call “pastor mode”.  I see it when pastors collect and start talking about the success or the strategy of their own ministry.  It seems like a lot of chest thumping to me.  In the last evening when a more controversial issue was brought up I saw things begin to get more political.  In my denomination there seems to be a regional divide.  The people on one side of the prairies are pushing the denomination on issues and the people on the other side are more conservative.  I must admit that I enjoy the watching the intrigue but I’m not sure its wholesome entertainment. 

The presenters were well prepared and did a good job of starting the discussion.  The form of the conference had a perfect blend of presentation of ideas, table conversation as well as open mike conversation.  The organizers did a phenomenal job.   There were 4 presentation sessions.  A written form of each presentation was available on the web prior to the conference.  After each main presentation there were two smaller ones.  One affirmed and one critiqued the session presenter.  Then we discussed the issue in our tables with a scribe.  These scribes would compile the notes and go through them in the next session.  On the 2nd day there were times for open mike question and statements.  About the only thing I would change would be to force the presenters to be more clear about the position they are taking.  If more presenters had given more concrete proposals it would likely would have helped guide our discussions.

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