For those of you not acquainted with one of the works of this church, we sponsor the world's largest workshop for the Church of Christ. Thousands descend upon the Tulsa city limits beginning tomorrow and most don't leave until Sunday. It is a huge undertaking. The half-week event takes us twenty-four months of concerted preparation to pull off. The 2010 workshop has been in the works for a year now.
The pressure could be intense; but it isn't. Yesterday morning our four elders and five staff members met for our usual 6:30 meeting. It was enjoyment as usual. There is no fretting. There is plenty of responsibility accepted and concern regarded; but zero panic. No personality was having a fit because of stress...and there is plenty to go around.
The workshop is a major undertaking involving the rental of three large facilities at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds, $20,000+ for curtains/tables/chairs and $25,000+ for sound and lighting. That scratches surface. We have 106 classes conducted by 79 speakers as we foot the cost of many to travel and to house.
In other words, it's a big deal!
Yet, our meeting was as normal as ever. Complete support. The elders are so good to let us do our job. They like to let us do our job and it gives our entire team great confidence that they don't hover in fear. Instead one finds jabbing at one another in jest. Expressions of faith and hope. It was another normal Monday meeting.
I love it that God seems to specifically share a Spirit of peace for this flock. We'll have our moments where we aren't sure how some matters will work; but we are sure He will take care.