Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX), produced by EH Events and presented by Church Production and Worship Facilities magazines, concluded its fifth event November 7, 2008 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Over the course of three days, more than 3,500 WFX attendees gained inspiration from world-renowned speakers, as well as hundreds of exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services available to help church executive, facilities and technology teams enhance their ministry goals through their facilities and tech production.
"WFX provides attendees with all their facilities and technology needs and resources in one convenient location, and provides exhibitors with hundreds of qualified, decision-making church teams," says Brian Blackmore, WFX conference chair and editor-in-chief/publisher of Church Production and Worship Facilities magazines. "Every year the event gets more exciting with strong keynote speakers, inspiring educational opportunities, impressive church tours, and a growing expo floor."
WFX consistently delivers the most up-to-date information for church executive, facilities and technology teams, and this month's event in Houston was no exception. With over 70 educational sessions, WFX offered attendees from churches of all sizes and budgets an unparalleled learning experience:
New for the fall show, WFX added both a Going Green and Small Church focus to keep up with critical issues: How to operate and deliver the best possible experience while keeping costs down and operating as efficiently as possible regardless of the church size.
In an extremely timely and relevant session, Scott Rolfs, Managing Director, Ziegler Capital Markets helped churches understand what type of projects are feasible under today’s tighter credit guidelines and taught helpful strategies to make church projects more attractive to lenders.
Dozens of hands-on audio and lighting classes featured presenters from TD Jakes Ministries, Friendship West Baptist Church, Lakewood Church, Vanguard Recording, Design 2020 and Vivid Illumination.
Other educational sessions covered important topics from capital campaigns, to finding builders and architects, to working with volunteers, and the most essential audio/visual topics churches are seeing today.
WFX Houston also offered attendees the opportunity to meet with over 350 top exhibiting companies face-to-face, and under one roof, all gathered together to help churches reach their ministry goals through their facilities and tech production.
Exhibitors showcased the latest products and services for designing, building and outfitting worship facilities, and enhancing church audio/visual production.
The WFX show floor is the largest event of its kind for churches, and centralized all relevant products and services to save months of research and lots of money for churches from the greater Houston area and around the country.
For the first time ever, WFX featured Design Central, an exclusive gallery of church building projects completed by architects and design-build firms who exhibited on the show floor.
WFX has become known for its long list of the most sought after industry leaders headlining the event with their keynote presentations. WFX Houston hosted three impressive keynote events:
Dave Ferguson, lead pastor for Christian Community Church's eight campuses in the Chicago area, opened the show with an inspiring and motivating talk focused on innovation.
Joel Osteen and members of the Lakewood Church leadership team hosted nearly 1,000 WFX attendees on November 6 for an exclusive keynote and tour of the largest church in the nation.
Bruce Smith former production director of Willow Creek Community Church moderated Friday's keynote: Tech TalkRole Reversal: Top Tech Directors Take Center Stage. This panel discussion included tech directors from The Chapel of the Lake County (Grayslake, IL), Fellowship of the Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX), Willow Creek Community Church (S. Barrington, IL), First Christian Church (Huntington Beach, CA) and Manchester Christian Church (Manchester, NH)
Rounding out the event was the impressive special events line-up focusing on networking with and learning from peers. "We realize that peer-to-peer interaction is just as important as the conference program and expo hall when it comes to shaping the facilities and tech production of each church team that attends WFX," says Nicole Derany, senior show director. "Activities like church tours, breakfast roundtable discussions, a fellowship dinner and several free-form events allow attendees to connect with peers for a complete WFX experience."
Upcoming WFX events for 2009
Worship Facilities Conference & Expo Spring 2009
May 13 15, 2009
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
Worship Facilities Conference & Expo Fall 2009
October 28 30, 2009
Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC
For exhibiting and sponsorship information, please contact Patrick Shaughnessy at 508-663-1500 ext. 267 or Patricks@ehpub.com.