You ca2015Tulsaworkshopnnot think your way into a new way of living. You have to live your way into a new way of thinking. Richard Rohr

The Tulsa Workshop will open for year 40 at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds March 18, 2015. The three-day event will become a hub of excitement, renewal, and joy as Christians gather from around the world. SPEAK LIFE will be a theme that urges all to live our way into a new way of thinking.

How can we reach the entire world? What can be done to infuse life into local congregations? How shall we mature leadership and develop a cohesiveness in the process? These and other outreach matters will be pondered as over 40 speakers will gather to build, challenge, and encourage.

Two special guests will be Brandon Hatmaker of The Barefoot Church fame as well as Dr. Kent Brantly; the doctor who contracted Ebola while in Liberia.

Hatmaker, pastor of Austin New Church, has a simple message of getting out where the people are. There is a crisis in America. There’s a void of Spirit. There’s a lack of powerful transformation. And studies show that people are leaving the church. Scripture says that we’re to be a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.

Like it or not, that’s not the reputation of the Western church. Not only are we hidden in our culture as something that is supposed to be good news, we’re losing ground.

Dr. Brantly’s story is fitting, as well, in the theme of SPEAK LIFE! While working as a missionary doctor in Liberia, he survived the deadly Ebola disease after being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He later appeared before a joint Senate hearing as the outbreak was considered.

The Tulsa Workshop continues to provide classes which give direction toward reaching the world with the saving name of Jesus. It is a constant challenge before every generation to be refreshed by the Spirit of God. Neighbors need hope. We want to expand our ability to give each such a gift.

The Tulsa Workshop offers something for every age. Seven keynotes, six classes per hour, special event for teens and children creates an astounding atmosphere of family reunion. Shane Coffman, worship minister at the sponsoring Memorial Drive Church of Christ, puts together a fantastic array of worship leaders. Coffman, Chris Lindsey, and Ken Young have a knack of putting the energy into the gathering.

A favorite of the Tulsa Workshop is the Workshop Kids Praise Chorus. Directed by Brenda Hughes, these third through fifth graders rehearse Wednesday and Thursday nights. Friday evening they stand before the crowd to share their hearts in song. What a gift of joy!

Over two hundred booths will offer a variety of promotional information from mission work on the fields to books for purchase to ministries in action.

Keynotes will be John Alan Turner, Jason Thornton, Brandon Hatmaker, Rick Atchley, Dr. Brantly, Terry Rush, and Jeff Walling.

For the workshop schedule as well as obtaining information to reserve a booth for special ministries one may contact www.tulsaworkshop.org or call 918-838-1621.