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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2 Comments

  1. Cherrilynn Bisbano on October 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    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. CathyChung on October 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    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.

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