The Wesleyan Church stumbled onto a good thing a few years back when they created something called "The Gathering." No, it's not Highlander, although the jokes are already circulating now that the WC may be moving toward a single general superintendent ("There can only be one." ;-)
It's my sense that the regional minister's conference has been dead in the WC for a couple decades now, but perhaps that was just fallow ground enough for a "minister's reunion" to go gang busters. I'm not sure what attendance is at this one. I wonder if they should have scheduled it between Christmas and New Years. I wasn't able to bring my family, for example, because public school started back up yesterday. But attendance was unexpectedly large at the first one.
OK, I was wrong. Excellent line up. Good work to the committee.