Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX; www.wfxweb.com; @WFX), a leading event for church executive, facilities, and technology teams, announces the success of its west coast debut, WFX California, which was held May 13-15, 2009 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.
Presented by EH Publishing, Church Production Magazine, and Worship Facilities magazine, WFX California provided nearly 1,800 attendees with the knowledge and cutting-edge information they need to reach their unique goals through in-depth conference programs, keynote presentations, networking opportunities, and a vibrant expo floor for the worship market.
“We are happy with the positive response to our first West Coast event,” says Nicole Derany, WFX Show Director. “The success of WFX California is an indication of the importance of this event, which gives our attendees the tools and solutions they need to enhance their ministries. We would like to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.”
WFX delivered compelling keynote presentations from church pioneers: Larry Osborne, Senior Pastor of North Coast Church; Dave Gibbons, Lead Pastor of Newsong Church; and John Ortberg, Senior Pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. WFX also presented the Tech Talk Keynote, moderated by Bruce Smith, former technical director for Willow Creek Community Church. Smith was joined by panelists Aaron Asay, Media Communications Director of Kearney eFree Church; Jill Gille, Director of Weekend Experiences at Eastside Christian; MJ Maltbie, Production Director of Central Christian Church; and Jason Widney, Media Arts, Park Community Church.
The WFX Expo Hall was packed with over 120 leading companies revolutionizing the design, building and outfitting of worship facilities. Attendees explored the latest audio, video and lighting technologies, and equipment for their house of worship with the products and services presented on the expo floor. They also interacted directly with the exhibitors through Hands-on Training and Exhibitor Offered Training, learning how to implement the latest technologies in their churches.
New for WFX, the Social Media Lounge made its debut as a popular gathering place on the Expo Floor. Social Media experts demystified how churches can benefit from social networking applications, including Twitter and Facebook. Social networking was encouraged during the event through TweetUps and a real-time Twitter feed on the WFX homepage (@WFX, #WFX).
WFX California was also broadcasted through various outlets during the event, including live streaming video on the WFX website. Hosted by “The Church Bartender,” Michael Trent, these videos included in-depth interviews with church leaders and footage of show highlights. All videos are available On-Demand in the WFX video player on www.wfxweb.com.
Leading Christian radio station KKLA-FM also produced The Frank Pastore Show from the Long Beach Convention Center. Pastore interviewed Keynote Presenter Larry Osborne, WFX co-sponsor Diffenbaugh, and Brian Blackmore, WFX Conference Chairman and founding editor of Church Production Magazine and Worship Facilities magazine.
The next event, WFX Charlotte, will be held October 28-30, 2009 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Event details and registration will be available in the coming weeks.
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About Worship Facilities Conference & Expo
Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) is the leading event for church facilities and technology teams. WFX is presented in the spring and fall of each year by Church Production Magazine and Worship Facilities magazine.
About Production Media Inc.
Production Media Inc. (PMI), publishers of Church Production Magazine and Worship Facilities magazine, and presenters of WFX, is a full-service media company specializing in the house-of-worship market.
About EH Publishing
EH Publishing, Inc. is a leading media company specializing in technology-based markets. EH offers integrated media solutions including e-media, print, event, research and custom products. Key market segments include custom electronics, house of worship and robotics.