On the final day of WFX, I listened to a keynote speech, attended a hand on training class, and had lunch with a friend. It was a good way to end the conference. It started off by listening to Rex Miller speak at the keynote. Rex wrote the book Millennium Matrix and spends a lot of time thinking about the future. He talked about how we have transitioned from a broadcast culture to a digital culture. Before, news and information was given to us by a few TV broadcasters. Now, using YouTube, anyone can disseminate information. He said that churches need to move away from an attraction model to an engagement model. We need to transition from “come to us on Sunday” to getting people engaged throughout the entire week.
After attending a hands on training session for ProPresenter and ProVideoPlayer, I had lunch with Dennis Choy. Dennis is the Technical Production Pastor for North Coast Church in Vista, California. North Coast is one of the pioneers in the multi-site/multi-venue movement. At his church, they have different worship experiences in different rooms on their property. For example, in addition to a contemporary music experience, they also have hard rock, traditional and country music experiences. After the unique music experience, all of the venues watch the same teaching. It’s very cool to see how they do this.
As I reflect back on WFX, I thought the breakout sessions were okay. The keynote sessions were pretty good. But what I really enjoyed was the opportunities that I had to network with my peers at other churches. I get a lot of benefit out of hearing what God is doing in churches very different than my own.
Right now, I’m sitting in a Panera Bread in Granger, Indiana. I had a great conversation with the IT and Tech guys at Granger Community Church. In a few hours, I’ll be attending their service. I’ll blog about it in a few days. Tomorrow, I’m headed home. I can’t wait to see my family again.