"I love the exceptional quality of the speakers and that we hear both a lecture and a sermon from them. The music and worship (particularly the very first worship service) are invigorating and encouraging. I loved the addition of Beer and Hymns! And I like the Twitter feed as well. "
"The chance to be renewed. It has been a long time since my seminary class in homiletics and this was a spark for me. "
"The festival was refreshment for my soul. Like taking a long drink from a deep well. "
"Hard to put my finger on a single "part" but the immersive experience of being in great worship with great preaching multiple times for multiple days was good for my soul. And probably for my preaching as well. "
"As always, I feel the most valuable part of attending the Festival is to be refreshed by hearing other voices carry the Word of God - and being "ministered to", instead of ministering. I enjoy hearing each speaker's interpretation of what scripture means to him/her and how he/she presents that interpretation to "us". I leave energized, renewed, and stirred by what I have experienced all week. "
I serve in a small, semi-rural parish. Worship in a beautiful sanctuary with a pipe organ and wondrous choirs coupled with the great preaching moved my soul! Being with the vast numbers of colleagues from different 'tribes' and knowing that what we share in common as those called and sent transcends so much that would otherwise keep us apart was and continues to be a sign and signal of the wonder working power of the Holy Spirit.
Festival Participants - Atlanta 2016