Shoppin and Shippin

I hear that everyone had a great time at the Tulsa Workshop over the weekend. I went for the first time last year, and missed this year. I’m a bit of a sap in that any time there is a gathering of Christians for spiritual feeding, I’d love to be there if I can.

The lectureship/workshop format has been questioned in recent years. Some have viewed it as an outdated model. I still love it. There may be better ways, but, I still love the  lecture/workshop format.

Any fond memories of your most vivid memories from Tulsa, Pepperdine, ACU, Harding, Lipscomb, or whatever shop/ship event you’ve experienced.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. We have been going to the Tulsa Workshop for 11 years. We even took our kids out of school every year to go. They loved it! Once they hit high school though, being exempt from final exams took precedence. It was the only workshop we knew about for a long time. I still love to go. The singing is great and you of course have your favorite speakers. We have friends that have moved off that we get to reconnect with at the workshop. That’s always an added bonus. I still remember the first workshop I ever attended. I had never been with 5000 other Christians who were all singing because they wanted to and actually enjoying themselves while doing it. It changed my worship forever.

  2. I’ve asked the question about the lecture’ship’ model being outdated (the same goes for gigantic youth rallies). But, outdated for what? I think it’s best to label these things for what they really are for us – family reunions. Most people gain a sense of belonging and identity by attending these large events. And for that purpose, I think they are extremely effective and “healthy”. Let’s keep doing them.
    But, I’m not so sure how much they actually change churches. That happens when members decide to be faithful servants of Jesus Christ. These large events tend to celebrate talented personalities.
    It’s kind of funny that we send high school kids to “work camps”, but church leaders/adults go to lecture’ships’ and workshops.

  3. Pepperdine was our first experience at any lectureship. I was amazed at the collective talent and teaching. Really good stuff delivered in a powerful way.
    I confess that I thought lectureships were only for staff and elders until we went for the first time. I hope to include them in my vacation planning. Hopefully get a big group going each year, that would be amazing!

  4. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone to any lectureships or workshops and I miss them. Tulsa is one of my favorites because I get to spend time with friends from across the nation. I also love attending the classes and evening lectures. I’m hoping to go next year!