. . . because of that quality, the participants walked away somewhat disappointed. That’s because this was a demanding group, and because events, by their nature are bound to disappoint. Someone’s constituency is always underrepresented; someone else’s ego not sufficiently stroked; and someone else is convinced they could have given a superior presentation (which surely they could have).
Tony’s right about this. It’s one of the liabilities of “progressive-ism” and its attendant diversity that several agendas are operating at once.
Conservative evangelical Christianity in the United States has done its work largely by flattening out the message and limiting the participants (and therefore the views).
That’s bad theology and bad church practice.
But it works better to create a movement.