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The Tulsa Workshop

Tulsa, Okla. — For 40 years, the Tulsa Workshop has brought together Christians to hear thought-provoking speakers and join in uplifting worship and fellowship. 

Donald Davis, an elder of the Heritage Church of Christ in Keller, Texas, has attended at least 30 of them. He and his wife, Tamara, spoke to The Christian Chronicle about their love of the workshop.

What do you remember about the first time you attended?

Donald: It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. … I’d just never heard that many speakers in one place. It was truly life-changing. I was a real young preacher then — real young. It was just like, “Wow, this is the world I want to be in.” 

What keeps you coming back?

Donald: I love preaching. I love all the singing and music.

Tamara: I really like a lot of the music and the keynotes.

What is attendance like now compared to 1981?

Donald: It’s a lot smaller. They claimed it was close to 20,000 people back in those years. Last year, when Phil Robertson was here, that was the biggest we’d seen it in many, many years. 

Why? Is it the culture?

Tamara: You can catch webcasts of their services and things like that, so you don’t have to drive. They don’t feel like there’s a need to come and visit with 20,000 of your closest brothers and sisters in Christ. 

But for those of you who are committed, it’s still a good thing?

Donald: I still love it and try to get people to be here every year. As long as they have it, we’ll still be here.

Interview by Bobby Ross Jr.

Filed under: Insight Opinion

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