A church that is reaching deep into its community by ministering to local military families is Westover Hills Assembly of God in San Antonio, Texas.
This past week Westover Hills extended its reach to include church leaders across their region by hosting the second 2016 WFX REACH Conference, held on May 19 and 20.
By offering educational and training opportunities, WFX REACH - held this year in both Raleigh NC and San Antonio - left an indelible mark on a total of 750 area church leaders and their teams. 45 equipment and service providers who sponsored the events were present and more than 60 building, communications, tech and leadership education and training sessions were available to attendees.
One such attendee, Matt Weaver from First Baptist Church in Eastland (FBC Eastland), is new to his associate pastor role. He, like many others, came to WFX REACH not knowing what to expect. Weaver and his team left with fresh eyes and great ideas on where their growing church is headed. After attending a session on The Right Time to Build or Expand, FBC Eastland's leadership, according to Weaver, was able to think through - as a team - their churches growth model. "We realize we are competing with the Walmarts and Targets of the world. There's a need to think of church from the perspective of a visitor to make sure, from street to sanctuary, that an unchurched person can feel confident [and welcomed]," he shared.
In a general session, led by North Coast Church's Dennis Choy, In "Our perfect is normal" the role of church tech was lifted up and examined. The presentation brought to light the sometimes unreasonable expectations placed on technical teams every weekend. Choy acknowledged, "There can be very little recognition for what we do," and encouraged technical ministers to connect at deeper levels relationally as well as spiritually, and to know everyone on their team.
Also at this year's WFX REACH, findings were released on a recent survey conducted by Worship Facilities. “The State of The Tech Leader” report is based on a survey of almost 500 technical leaders from churches of various size and denomination.
In a panel discussion, WFX Network's director, Jim Wagner, led a lively discussion with tech and creative leaders based on the survey's findings. Wagner noted, "If this survey can start a dialogue among church leaders about the conditions and unique challenges that face today's tech and creative directors, then we will consider it a success." Look for the upcoming report to be released in the June issue of Worship Facilities Magazine, and online at worshipfacilities.com and worshiptechdirector.com.
Creativity was key in the communications track offered by REACH. Seasoned church communications professionals imparted wisdom and social media savvy to the popular presentations. Tech ministry sessions, from basic to advanced, were also very well attended and often spilled out into the long hallway lined with sponsors who were able to explain and guide church leaders in equipment education and selection. The success of WFX REACH is reflected by church leaders who left refreshed and ready with new tools, perspectives and goals. Watch for future WFX REACH events coming to a location near your ministry.