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Are Christian Conferences Good

What are your thoughts on Christian conferences? I've been to a few and I see these mega events advertised all the time in magazines, online and on t.v. Elaborately produced, they cost quite a bit to put on. Are they necessary and in what way(s) do they reach out to the lost and hurting?

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I don't think they are necessary to one's spiritual maturity and relationship with the Lord. But it is not wrong to do them. I think they are more of a diversion and a money-making venue. The participants are wooed into attending and are then made to feel guilty,if we refuse to let them rob us. Sometimes the fees are unreal. We are told it takes money to do this conference and we are getting the benefits. I don't like mind games like this. I would rather not attend. The same things they are teaching or half-teaching, I can get that from studying and reading my own bible. I could possibly, do a better job than,most of these money grubbers,do. But of course, they would never admit to this.
---Robyn on 9/23/10

The only conference I am fond of is the National Worship Institute's Worship conference put on every year in Dallas. This is mainly for worship leaders and fine arts pastors who are continually doing the work of the ministry and yes, they need a refreshing. Everybody needs a sabbatical and even Jesus had to go off by himself and pray sometimes. I think that is is the purpose of these conferences. CFNI has a good one for worship leaders too that I have attended.
---MichelleS on 10/21/07

Conferences can be helpful. But the truth of the matter is, I think. No one really benefits from this stuff but the pastors, preachers, prophets who stage these elaborate conferences. They raise lots of money and the people receive very little in return. Some of their followers spend money on hotel rooms,food, airplane tickets.You are flat broke when you return home. You lose more than you gain,most times. I have attended a few here in my hometown. I don't travel to follow any of them.
---Robyn on 10/18/07

I think the best Christian conference is the one we live everyday in our daily lives with our husband/wife/children/friends/etc.

I've never been impressed by what anyone says but only by how they live there day to day lives. I kow of people who are always raising their hands screaming Allelujah and they can very vicious once they are out of the church.

Honesty with God, with oursselves and with others. I'm horrified of hypocrites.
---Caring on 10/8/07

I have gone to many conferences, and have seen lives changed, especially young people's. I believe they do reach out to the lost, as most of us who go, make it a point to bring at least 1 unsaved person with us. The ones I go to the Gospel is soundly preached, they make no mistake Jesus is the only Saviour and we are all in need of a Saviour.
---bethie on 10/8/07

I have conferences all the time with The Lord. It doesn't cost me a thing!
I prefer the one on one!
---kathr4453 on 9/14/06

AlwaysOn, to answer your question about charging and getting money to put these conferences on, I say, "What God orders, He pays for." Jehovah Jirah, my provider. Right? So if one is TRULY walking by Faith, hearing from God to do a conference, then God will pay for it, amen? I think taking up a donation/offering would be nice.
---Donna9759 on 9/14/06

Thanks for the replies, so far.

ADDENDUM: What do you think of the money charged by some pastors and evangelists to speak at these conferences (I've heard of honorariums between $25K and $50K)?

Since the production costs are so high, should there be a charge to attend them? If so, is it okay for that charge to exceed the cost of the conference, therefore turning a profit for the ministry putting it on?
---AlwaysOn on 9/12/06

Keep in mind that there are conferences and there are conferences.
Not every conference is for everybody. In fact, I'll bet that few of them, if any, are suitable for just anbody, all, and sundry.
---Jack on 9/12/06

Father of the Bride was a movie, sorry folks, I am having a very stressful day at work. I meant to say. "Friends of the Bridegroom."
---Donna9759 on 9/11/06

Hiya Always on. I have gone to many Christian Conferences. Father of the Bride ones are great. Kansas City has one every June that is good. I believe they are necessary for both saved and unsaved folks. We all, at sometime in our lives, need to be refreshed and conferences provide good word, good fellowship, good worship and times of refreshing.
---Donna9759 on 9/11/06

I find Christian conferences and retreats to be great for getting a shot in the arm of revival. They feed me and allow me to fellowship with others.
---Madison1101 on 9/11/06

I've been to many. We include them into our holidays. They are very refreshing. We have seen many saved and many ministered to. They are very instrumental in bringing people together from many different walks of life. Expensive? No more than going out for a dinner.
---john on 9/11/06

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