Steve Walters, technical director for Christ Community Church in Massachusetts, attended last year’s WFX Conference & Expo along with several team members. This year, Walters and his team will return to the conference with a list of things they want to learn about and products they want to explore. We recently spoke with Walters to get his take on last year’s conference and what he’s looking forward to this year at WFX in Orlando.
WFX: Who from your church attended last year?
Walters: Myself, our creative arts director, and members of our volunteer tech team.
WFX: What did your team walk away with from last year’s WFX experience?
Walters: The tech team came home with big dreams and desires for new technology that would work for our church. They saw the latest and greatest tech at the Expo, including items they’d never seen or considered before. So far, we’ve been able to fulfill some of those dreams by purchasing new theatrical lighting that we saw at WFX.
WFX: What have you been able to change or improve at your church based on what you learned at last year’s conference?
Walters: Our tech team attended WFX last year mostly looking for inspiration and new ideas. We found the lighting training seminars provided great instruction on various lighting techniques that have been very helpful for us.
WFX: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s WFX Conference and Expo Orlando?
Walters: We’re looking forward to finding answers and new ideas for web streaming. That’s been a challenge for us lately, so we’re interested in hearing what’s worked for other churches.
WFX: For church leaders attending - or considering attending - what do you recommend they do at the conference to get the most benefit?
Walters: Plan ahead. Sit down with your team and come up with some goals. Last year, I outlined three main goals for our team.
* The first was for fun, (the person to get the most swag won a prize) and to get my team to visit various booths and meet new people.
* The second goal was for team-building purposes. I challenged each team member to learn one new thing about another team member.
* Finally, the third goal was to bring back one tangible technology related tip or idea.
With so many sessions to choose from, we took a divide and conquer approach based on our roles and went to various breakout sessions.
Also, make sure you are intentional about meeting new people. The conference is a great opportunity to connect with people who are doing what you do, and who have “been there, done that.” I made multiple connections that are ongoing, including other tech directors. We’ve even developed a networking group within our state to stay connected, learn from, and help each other.
Thank you, Steve, for sharing your experience and tips with us!
In addition to getting insights from a previous attendee, we also wanted to share a few insider tips from our very own, Beth Vinton, conference director for WFX Conference and Expo Orlando.
WFX: Why do you encourage teams to attend together?
Vinton: WFX is often used as an annual retreat destination for many church staffs. Nowhere else can an entire team find everything they need under one roof. It isn’t easy to motivate others upon return from an inspiring conference. Inspiration is caught, and change is much easier when the entire team comes back excited to implement their newly-found ideas together. And, this year’s “WFX LOVES TEAMS” discounts make it more affordable than ever.
WFX: What makes the WFX Conference & Expo unique?
Vinton: We have five co-located conferences with more than 150 sessions focused on Building Projects and Design, Facilities Management, Safety & Security, Church Communications, Worship Arts and Tech Arts. The breadth and depth of our conferences allow attendees to attend sessions specific to their role. Or, knowing those on church staff sometimes must wear (too) many hats, they can mix ’n match sessions from all five conferences to customize their learning experience.
WFX: Why should we attend?
Vinton: At WFX, you’ll find applicable and affordable ideas that will help you reach your community and beyond. You can check out new products and solutions showcased on the expo floor and attend training and demos that help churches, of any size or denomination, get to the next level.
WFX: What’s new this year?
Vinton: We’re never short of ideas that improve your WFX experience from year to year. There’s something for everyone including:
* More than 35 sessions that provide CEUs towards The Church Network’s accreditation
* Tech Leader’s MxU Forum
* Dante training
* Project Management boot camp from beginner to advanced level.
* Expo floor tours
* Seven pre-conference intensives
* Leadership sessions at The Spark on the expo floor
* Worship and a concert featuring Iron Bell Music free to attendees
* Solomon & New Product awards at The Spark
* Five manufacture demo rooms offering 35 plus educational and training sessions
* Church Tour at First Baptist Orlando
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend informative training seminars, check out the latest gear and services, and meet others who’re in the trenches too. Register your team today using the code GRP3BV – buy 3 and get one 2-day conference pass free plus a 20% discount on each paid registration OR WFXCNF20 to get a 20% discount on each individual registration.