Continuing with my last article, here I provide information on the conference, trade show and training opportunities available to church technical ministry staff for the second half of 2016. There are lots of options, and all are worth looking into.
2 Locations, 2 Dates
May 19-20, 2016
San Antonio, TX
WFX REACH Conferences are regionally focused, 1.5 day training and education events. Our mission is to inspire and equip ministry teams so they can fulfill their Church's unique vision. Obviously, we're biased, but we truly believe this is a can't miss event for church staff, and designed to be as cost-effective as possible for church attendees.
June 2325, 2016
NAMM is the National Association of Music Merchandisers, and is primarily useful to visit the manufacturers of smaller gear and equipment for the music industry. While not open to the public, you can attend by being extended an invitation from a NAMM member, and your musical and sound equipment provider may well be a member and can provide this. While probably the least helpful event on this list, it's a chance to meet microphone manufacturers and providers of smaller ticket items like portable audio systems, as well as all sort of musical instruments and associated backline gear such as guitar amplifiers.
September 21-22, 2016
The WFX (Worship Facilities Conference and Expo), put on by the publishers of Worship Facilities Magazine, is the leading church-focused conference on audio, video, lighting, facilities and leadership. This year we celebrate our ten-year anniversary, returning to the city where it all started. Numerous training opportunities in audio, video and lighting, both lecture as well as hands-on formats, are available. Obviously, we're biased, but we truly believe this is a can't miss event for church staff, and designed to be as cost-effective as possible for church attendees.
September 29thOct 1st, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
The AES (Audio Engineering Society) show is geared towards music recording, so is less useful than others on this list. However, there are certainly churches and denominational organizations that have a strong music recording ministry, and the AES show can be great for those wanting to learn more about recording and see the latest audio-focused gear for not just recording but also live music.
October 19-23, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
The LDI (Live Design International) is THE lighting show in the US, especially for concert lighting. If your church does a lot of concert-type lighting in your services and wants to get more training on consoles and fixtures, or see the latest gear from the manufacturers of lighting equipment, this is the show to go to.