First, it isn't about soul winning like it was in the beginning for those earlier years continue to bear their own profitable fruit. Our people have grown up/are still growing up. Yes, we did learn to get out there on Monday Night for the Masses and teach those cottage classes, etc. I became not only highly motivated but hyper-encouraged at the possibilities among us.
Charleses Hodge and Coil, along with Mid McKnight, Richard Rogers and others, thrilled us to the core with dreams of getting out there and bringing those people in! And....for many of us the fire has never left.
This leads me to the second point; we aren't doing soul winning like we did in the beginning. God has expanded our dreams from a specific night to do soul-winning to 24/7. We were so graced by our earlier stalwarts of the workshop that their fires continue to fan our flames. Our people have expanded their vision for soul winning to include better children's ministries, deeper Bible studies, and more intense church connections which have no "soul-winning" label....but are highly and intensely involved in just that.
Have you not noticed that the expansion of our worship styles have favorably impacted our winning of our neighbors? God resides in praise and these great leaders are effectively taking us to His throne. And have you not been blessed by the Albert Lemmons and the Keith Roberts prayer instructions among us? Developing better prayer communication....will increase hearts for soul winning.
Did any of you read the Christian Chronicle center-fold? Our neighboring and delightful Park Plaza congregation appropriately blames its growth and success....on getting their members to line up for mission trips. At Memorial Drive we've gone from no Missions Day when I first got here to our annual Missions Day where we supported mission works around the world to---now---raising funds for missions which includes about 20% of our own flock heading to mission targets ourselves.
For any who would like to claim the Tulsa Workshop isn't about soul winning "like it used to be" they are right....and they are wrong.
The truth is....
- I don't schedule anything on the Tulsa Workshop program that is not about seeing the world through the eyes of Jesus.
- Our people are continuing to mature in the Spirit of Jesus year by year as we yearn to influence the world for Him.
- And....I still miss Charles and Charles and Mid and Richard and the others....for their good influence continues to impact the new guys on the block!