#SGW12: 3,000 celebrate 30 years of the Spiritual Growth Workshop
Blogging from Orlando, Fla.
About 3,000 members of Churches of Christ — white, black and Hispanic — came together this past weekend for the Spiritual Growth Workshop.
Christians celebrated 30 years of the workshop, a biennial event that helps strengthen ties among church members in Florida.
I was blessed to attend the workshop and shared real-time personal notes, along with several other participants, via the Twitter hashtag #sgw12. I appreciate workshop director Joe Roberts inviting me.
I interviewed Chet McDoniel, one of the keynote speakers, and plan to share his inspiring story (“No Arms, No Shoes … Still Serving”) in an upcoming print edition of The Christian Chronicle.
I enjoyed meeting a number of Chronicle readers at the workshop, including Terry Chapman, minister for the South Trail Church of Christ in Sarasota, Fla., and Jamie Dunson, a member of the Vero Beach Church of Christ in Florida. Both joked that they felt compelled to introduce themselves after my recent Inside Story column on “Seeing church through eyes of an outsider.”
On Sunday morning, I snuck away from the workshop to visit the Mickey Mouse Church of Christ — er, Main Gate Church of Gate, a congregation that meets inside a hotel lobby and serves Christians vacationing at Walt Disney World. The Main Gate work is a ministry of the Concord Street Church of Christ in Orlando. Look for a feature on it, too, in a future print edition of the Chronicle.