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.
While attending the WFX conference, I was able to visit Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Indiana. I was interested in seeing their new auditorium that they are building. I know the architect that designed their new space and was eager to see his work. It was very cool. He spent a lot of time designing the sanctuary to feel intimate even though it can accommodate approximately 1500 people. The pictures are below. I’m sorry I couldn’t see it with the carpet and chairs installed. I’m sure it will look great.
As I was leaving the WFX conference today, I passed by a meeting room for another conference. I don’t know what was going on in that room and I didn’t want to find out.
In the morning, I went to sessions about stage lighting and room acoustics. Then it was time for Mark Beeson’s keynote session. Mark is the senior pastor of Granger Community Church. Mark’s talk gave me some things to think about:
- Do I have clarity for what God has called me to?
- Sometimes we forget what we’re (the church, my ministry) is really about.
- Churches tend to stay locked in the way they were when they started the church. For example, if they started in 1986, they want to keep everything in the church like 1986.They resist adapting to the culture.
- Our job (as tech people) is to make it easy for everyone to hear and accept the gospel. Can this be achieved without mics, speakers, and lighting? Yes, but it’s a lot easier if people can hear and see the pastor.
I ended the day by attending a breakout session with Brad Weston of Renewed Vision. This company makes worship lyric presentation software called ProPresenter. LifeChurch.tv just completed updating all of our campuses to ProPresenter. It is working out really well for us. Renewed Vision also makes a software product, ProVideoPlayer, that stretches an video or computer image across multiple projectors or monitors. It’s a very cool product.
I’m looking forward to hearing Rex Miller speak at tomorrow’s keynote.
The day turned out pretty well. There weren’t any keynote sessions today; just breakout sessions. I went to sessions about video switching, video venues, and lighting. I was a little disappointed by the lighting session. It was advertised as “Creating Impact with Light”, but it was really just a product demo for a lighting manufacturer. The lights were cool, but I probably wouldn’t have attended if I knew it was a demo.
The day ended with a tour of a church about an hour away from the city. It’s called Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Indiana. They are in the process of creating some new sanctuary spaces in their building. I know the architect that designed their new space and was eager to see his work in person. It was very cool. He spent a lot of time designing the sanctuary to feel intimate even though it can accommodate approximately 1500 people. I’ll post some pictures of the space later this week.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s keynote. Mark Beeson, senior pastor of Granger Community Church will be speaking. I’ll write more about Granger later in the week as well.
It was a good day for flying. I flew from Will Rogers World Airport (italics mine) in Oklahoma City to Houston and then on to Indianapolis. The weather was great and there were no delays.
I was wanted to try out the paperless board pass that Continental is testing out, but I wasn’t given that option when I checked in. Oh well, maybe next time.
As I was headed to baggage claim at the Indianapolis airport, I came across an Apple iPod vending machine. I hadn’t seen one of those before. The pictures of it are below. Could a vending machine for MacBook Pros be far behind?
I’m looking forward to Day 1 of the WFX conference. I’ll be attending some sessions on video switchers, projection and lighting. I’ll post some stuff on it tomorrow.
On Monday, I’m travelling to Indianapolis to attend the WFX conference. This is a conference for church architectural and tech stuff. I’m going for the tech stuff, like sound, video, lighting, etc. If you’re going to this conference, please contact me. Maybe we can meet up there. You can contact me via Twitter, Facebook, or just leave me a comment here.
I found out that the TSA and Continental Airlines is testing out a paperless boarding pass for flights out of Houston. Essentially the barcode that is usually on the paper boarding pass is sent to you via email and you scan the barcode that is on your phone or PDA screen. I’ll give it a try as I go through Houston and let you know how it works out.