The following is a collection of reports from the 185th Annual Gathering . . .
Saturday Morning - October 9, 2010
Saturday morning closed our Annual Gathering with a final seminar led by Dr. Carolyn Gordon. Rev. Dr. Larry Swain, Executive Minister provided the Benediction for the Annual Gathering as we ended looking forward to what God has in store for ABC/Ohio in the coming year. The next Annual Gathering will be held October 13 to 15, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington. See you there!
ABC-Ohio was blessed to welcome Rev. Dr. Carolyn L. Gordon as our keynote speaker for the 2010 Annual Gathering in Columbus. She joined the Fuller faculty in 2007 as associate professor of communication and chairs the Department of Preaching and Communication. She came to Fuller from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, where she served for five years as associate professor of church and community; she has also taught communication and public speaking in a variety of contexts.
What happened at the 184th Annual Gathering? Here are reports that were updated hourly during the 2009 event:
October 17, 2009 - Saturday Morning Report
After an enjoyable continental breakfast, we gathered a final time as "The Remnant" as Rev. Larry Swain described the group. Rev. David Putman led our final seminar. He started by saying, "we have to get 'Jesus right' before we can advance the church." He then put this in practical terms by looking at ideas to change the way people think about church. The goal is to break down the walls and redefining the church not as an organization, but as an organism - truly recognizing that we are the body of Christ. It was a fascinating close to a wonderful week. God truly blessed us in many ways! We now look forward to the 185th Annual Gathering which will be held October 7 to 9, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North (same as this year). Plan now to be a part!
What happened at the 183rd Annual Gathering? Here are reports that were updated hourly during the 2008 event:
October 18, 2008 - Morning Seminar Report
The Annual Gathering concluded with a final seminar in the Ballroom. Rev. Tom Lipsey of Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati spoke asking the question: "Who do you invite to the party? Who do you invite to the banquet?" He focused on how Jesus purposely chose to include people who are not included. Rev. Lipsey said we do this by buying into the missional mindset through connecting with our communities. The session closed with an evaluation of the entire Annual Gathering conducted in a small group format. It was a wonderful weekend and we are already looking forward to what God has in store in the coming year!