Friday, October 24, 2014

What's Unique About Christian Community?

New England Christian Writers' Retreat 2014

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

The atmosphere was one of genuine camaraderie.  The accomplished volunteer faculty provided helpful presentations and remained available all weekend for individual questions.  Participating writers were enthusiastic about each others work, offering suggestions, sharing knowledge, and comparing helpful tools and resources.  It was a community encouraging one another to share their God-given gift to the best of their ability, all working toward a common goal, and joyful for every success.

While I have never attended a secular writers’ conference, it was noted that they do not share the same atmosphere.  Instead of camaraderie, there is competition.  Participants are possessive of knowledge and useful tools, hoping to take home a contract-yielding tip no one else acquires.  One writer is threatened by another's success.

The New England Christian Writers’ Retreat was a prime example of Christian community.  It was welcoming, prayerful, safe, and uplifting.

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  1. We share a common bond through the Holy Spirit. We pray for one another. When one succeeds we all succeed. I don't believe I would want to go to a secular writers conference unless called by God. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I wouldn't want to go to a secular conference either, unless God called me there. It was a wonderful weekend, wasn't it? One for all. Thanks for commenting.

    I'm finally getting to the work of sprucing up my blog and making it searchable. I didn't need to waste time among that rich community to do the grunt work. God had different plans for the weekend than I did. No surprise there.