For so many people in church tech roles, carving out the necessary time to develop one's skillset, while challenged with an already over-scheduled life, is a problem to be reckoned with.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of our very busy lifestyles, we all have to weigh carefully the pros and cons of setting aside the time it takes to invest in our own skillset and spiritual development. Churches often look for ways for the entire church team to get away together, adding an additional layer of complexity.
The WFX Conference and Expo (WFX) serves as a yearly retreat for many such churches, offering training and education for everyone, all at the same place and at the same time. We are determined to help you solve your problems by offering five distinct, co-located conferences, where specialized training for the entire team is available. WFX promises to be an experience that will change your church.
Unlike in previous years, though, the 2017 WFX conference will be significantly different. For starters, it will be made up of five targeted, individual conferences related to tech arts, safety and security, communications, worship arts, and buildings and facilities.
Justin Firesheets, production manager for Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, says, “WFX has long been known as a preeminent destination for church tech directors looking to grow themselves both personally and professionally. It has always been a prime opportunity for me to network and strengthen my connection with fellow church TDs, and I know this year’s attendees will benefit from being part of that larger church community. And even beyond just growing in technical knowledge, I’m confident that those who attend will also leave encouraged and feel more empowered to serve their ministries to their best abilities as technicians and leaders.”
In just a few months, the perfect solution will be descending on Dallas, Texas. WFX will be at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on October 10-12, providing state-of-the-art church team training and the largest dedicated church expo in the country.
There's something for your entire team. During the two-and-a-half days, there will be extensive learning opportunities including, the annual Tech Leader's Retreat, hands-on training, pre-conference boot camps, sponsored workshops, Keynote speakers, and a vast array of educational sessions.
Boot camps, the Tech Leaders Retreat and sponsored workshops will be offered on Tuesday, October 10. These deep dive offerings will jump-start your WFX education experience and help you to bring about change for your church. You can choose from two-hour ($35) or four-hour ($55) sessions, making it the most affordable learning experience in the market.
In addition to two inspiring WFX keynote presentations, each conference will have their own keynote speakers as well. Firesheets will deliver the Keynote address at the Tech Arts Conference.
Tech Art sessions include skill-based learning for church sound, live mixing, lighting design, streaming and video broadcast, technology project planning, and volunteer recruitment and training.
"At WFX, you can get to see the manufacturers, you can demo and go over things, and the classes are a big deal," says David Leuschner, Senior Director of Technology and Technical Arts at Gateway Church, located in the Dallas-Fort-Worth area. He will be leading a session called, "How to Start a Tech Internship Program". When asked who would be ideally suited to attend his session, he noted, "I think the internship idea comes up a lot in churches. We have volunteers, but for any church that is looking for long-term stable health, they should look in-house to have interns."
The Church Communication Conference will help the participants explore how to best share their church's message by utilizing idea sharing, leveraging social media, storytelling, branding and more. Len Wilson, author of ten books on the topic of church communications, as well as a church staff veteran, will deliver his Keynote message, "Shareability: Transform Hearts, Lives and Communities with Messages That Click," at the Church Communications Conference.
The Next-Gen Buildings Conference is meant for pastors, executive pastors, administrators and other members of church leadership involved in determining facility needs for their church. The conference will help uncover the building trends of today and provide guidance on planning, funding, and overseeing building projects. The conference's Keynote speaker is Karl Vaters, author of the book, "The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us."
While the targeted conferences are ideal in providing new expertise related to your role, WFX still offers plenty of time for conference attendees to connect with their team and share newfound information and knowledge. For those at WFX who will be looking for additional networking and team building experiences, there will be a reception on Tuesday night, loudspeaker demos, and gatherings at The Spark, located on the expo floor where thought-leaders, authors, and Integrity Music artists will be available to co-create solutions to your problems.
"We want teams to receive the individualized training they need, have time to collaborate with ministry experts and leaders, and also have time to connect with their teams while there. Two inspiring Keynote sessions, worship with Integrity Music artists, dedicated expo time, and cross-functional training sessions, will enrich the team's WFX experience," said Beth Vinton, Program Manager for WFX.
The expo floor offers you the incredible opportunity to do up close research of more than 225 church-related manufacturers, products and services. Product demonstrations and being able to get the answers to your questions about the newest tools on the market, are an added part of all there is to learn at WFX.
Whether you are a small-, medium- or large-sized church you'll be among 800 other churches finding relevant, church-focused product and services.
Most importantly, you will find the answers to your questions and the solutions to your problems. "You can see if you can fit things into your church culture, as the classes definitely bring a lot information to the decision making process. If you have issues and problems you can figure out how to fix them," added Leuschner.
The all-encompassing two-and-a-half days at the convention center should be deemed as YOUR perfect "solution center".
To learn more about the conference and to register, visit www.wfxevents.com. Early pricing for the full conference ends August 11, 2017.