2017 WFX Conference & Expo Offers Role-Specific Training, Team Collaboration
Five individual conferences at Dallas for WFX will offer their own keynote speakers, educational sessions, peer group discussions, boot camps and more.
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How can a conference’s education and experiences be both general and specific? You may say it’s impossible without compromising on quality, but the organizers of the WFX Conference & Expo (WFX) are tackling the challenge. After listening to attendee feedback and researching the struggles churches face today, WFX will now offer five distinct, but concurrent conferences this October to provide state-of-the-art, role-specific training, with each to be co-located in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
“We want teams to come and receive the individualized training they need, but also have time to connect and collaborate with their teams on-site. General keynote sessions and worship, dedicated expo time, cross-functional training sessions, and other feature experiences will enrich the team’s WFX experience,” said Beth Vinton, program manager for WFX.
Vinton added that many churches use WFX as their yearly retreat and report that participating at WFX resulted in an ability to implement major and positive changes when they returned home. “[Churches] tell us that [attending WFX] is one of the most impactful things they do as a staff each year.”
The individual conferences will include their own keynote speakers, educational sessions, peer group discussions, boot camps and more. This year’s conferences include: Next-Gen Buildings, Church Communications, Safety and Security, We Are Worship, and Tech Arts.
Now in its 12th year, WFX will be held October 10-12, and is touted as an “experience that will change your church.” Organizers expect staff from more than 800 churches to attend, including staff leaders and lay leaders, decision-makers and key influencers, executive staff, administrators, building and facilities managers, technical directors, technical team members, communications directors, worship leaders, and worship teams.
This year’s offerings for The Safety and Security Conference are entirely new — a response to the current instability churches are experiencing regarding global terror threats and cyber security. Speakers will include Ron Aguiar, founder and CEO of Oasis Safety, Tim Fancher, of Psalm 144 Church Protection Seminars, and John Moa, sales director with CyberLock, Inc., among others. Specific session topics will include guns in the church and active shooter situations, children’s security, staff training, equipment purchasing and installation, event security, and emergency response plans.
For worship leaders and artists, WFX partner Integrity Music, a recording and publishing label with offices in Nashville, Tennessee, and the U.K., is producing the We Are Worship Conference. Integrity Music’s artists will provide all group worship experiences, as well as the We Are Worship Conference sessions, which will cover areas such as songwriting, service planning, song selection, clicks and loops, efficient rehearsals, and volunteer recruitment and management.
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