What price is you and your families spiritual growth?

The other day, I overheard a conversation about Christian festivals in the UK, and how much it costs to go to one in particular. In defence, someone asked the question: “What price is you and your families spiritual growth?

I figured I should do some research to find out, at what price does spiritual growth indeed cost?* (Based on 2 adults and a toddler)

What is the Price of Spiritual Growth?

Now this is all a little approximate, as some of the above festivals do offer cheaper ways to get tickets. Others – particularly towards the more pricey end of the spectrum do also offer a number of more expensive options as well.

I’ve not factored in other costs involved like petrol, food, emotional, alcohol, etc… But all the above does include accommodation for the duration of the festival. 

Its also worth noting that lower cost doesn’t equal lack of “big names”.

Anyone out there fancy taking a stab at what we can learn from all this?

*This is obviously all presuming that spiritual growth does indeed only happen at Christian Festivals.

2 Replies to “What price is you and your families spiritual growth?”

  1. I’m not sure what point you are trying to make, Andy.

    I don’t think cost* is a good way to judge the quality of a Christian holiday. I also don’t think how “big” the names are is a factor at all for me. For me the decision is based on (a) whether I will feel like I’ve had a good holiday by the end (b) whether there will be teaching for my family which will refresh, challenge and inspire us for the coming year, and to a lesser extent (c) whether the theology of the group organising the event is a reasonably close match to my own inclinations. I don’t think for a moment that the person who made the comment which inspired you to write this blog piece was actually implying that Christian festivals are the only place that spiritual growth happens, and I think it is disingenuous to suggest they were. If you don’t like Word Alive or you think it is poor value for money then fair enough, but this post just comes across as an attack on those who consider Word Alive good value. Of course there are other options and, just like anything in life, some people choose to pay more for a particular product because it meets their needs better – that’s why iPhones are so popular.

    *and if I was going to compare Christian holidays based on cost I would at the very least do out on the basis of cost per day

  2. I think a really interesting graph would be to have multiple lines on it for different group set ups, so one for couples, one for 2 adults, 2 children, one for singles, etc – does the optimum priced festival change for different arrangements?!

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