As much as I would love to see such a 'Camp Meeting' I think Neil's friend probably had something else in mind when he spoke of the need of meeting face to face. I love SI and I know that some regard it as their 'church'; it cannot fulfil that role. The face to face -ness and the personal accountability will never be possible on the Net; neither will the sense of waiting on God in company with other saints.
The face to face -ness and the personal accountability will never be possible on the Net; neither will the sense of waiting on God in company with other saints.
SI is a wonderful 'thing' but don't let it hinder your search for a people who the terms of the Acts might be called 'their own company'. 'home' is not always comfortable but God's declared plan is to set the solitary in families.
Another thing to bear in mind is that SI is much wider than North America and the folk farthest from North America are likely to be the ones with the least financial ability to get there.
I would also love to meet with many of the folks here on SI. I have had the priveledge to meet Greg and John (openarms) in CA last year. We had a wonderful time together. I also agree with Ron. It is impossible to come together and wait on God on this context. As close as we came to that was during the live serminars. That was pretty neat. If God opens the door i would travel anywhere in the nation to be at an event. Maybe we could car pool. :-P
_________________Robert Wurtz II
I appreciate Greg's caution and respect his restraint. As this ministry grows it could become many things...an annual conference, an independant publishing label, and even the basis for local fellowships. However, just because it can become these things, doesn't mean it should.Part of Sermon Index's strength is in the international access made possible by the internet. Adding a localized event, such as in North America, might unintentionally create a secondary community within SI. The understandable desire to form a closer knit community is probably the driving reason to organize a physical event. I think it's also a very important reason not to have such an event. If an "insider" circle was formed here at SI through the bond of a "kairos" camp meeting, the larger community might be diminished. As it is SI is a unique and remarkable cyber-oasis for many Christians. I've not seen anything quite like it. By feeding and challenging us, it is strengthening the churches we go to, and the communities we are already a part of. SI is ubiquitous and widespread...that is the strength of this very special ministry. Meanwhile we can always make personal connections with inidividuals we meet here in the forum. I personally hope to one day be able to meet several people I have met through this ministry...many outside of North America.Praise God for this special place!Just my thoughts.
Possibly consider making such a "campmeeting" an open-air venue? Thus, all you have to find is a really good street corner or park e.g. New York Central Park.