A couple of weeks ago, my church had its charge conference with its cluster of four other churches. We hosted, which was a lot of work, but well worth it. The best part was when we sang a hymn together and the entire sanctuary was filled with song.
As a student local pastor, my membership resides with my home church, so I drove into Jacksonville later that night for their cluster charge conference. It was a very busy day.
Allan Bevere is more skeptical of cluster charge conferences than I am, and lists five reasons why they are (in his opinion) ineffective.