WFX Conference and Expo Moves to 5-Conference Format, Specialized Keynotes

Each conference (Tech Arts, Next-Gen Buildings, Church Communications, Safety and Security, and WeAreWorship) in Dallas will pack in individualized training, inspiration.

WFX Conference and Expo Moves to 5-Conference Format, Specialized Keynotes
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The 2017 WFX Conference and Expo (WFX) is in its inaugural year for a new educational format, offering five unique but concurrent conferences, each with its own keynote address and dedicated sessions.

The Tech Arts Conference, 1 of 5 concurrent conferences, will provide a blend of hands-on technical training and soft skills that will be taught.

“We want every member of the church team to receive individualized training and inspiration within their areas of specialty,” said Beth Vinton, program manager for WFX. “Our goal is to send attendees home equipped, refreshed and ready to fulfill their roles with excellence.”

WFX keynotes are always rousing, delivered by widely recognizable figures in the church world. The specialized keynotes will pack the same punch, as WFX organizers have lined up well-known experts — authors, pastors and professionals — in each of the five conference areas.

Tech Arts Conference

Targeted as a holistic learning experience for tech leaders, tech staff and volunteers, the Tech Arts Conference will provide a blend of hands-on technical training and soft skills that will be taught. Justin Firesheets, production manager for Church of the Highlands’ 14 campuses in and around Birmingham, Ala. — and Worship Tech Director contributing writer — will deliver the keynote address, “Technology for Multi-Site.”

As more and more churches move to a multi-site model, Firesheets hopes to share valuable technical and team-related advice for making multi-site endeavors successful. He will discuss how to implement effective technology and training techniques, as well as other topics.

“Attendees will learn clear paths they can take when using multi-site technology, including venue setup details, gear recommendations, service playback and delivery methods, and more,” said Firesheets.

Next-Gen Buildings Conference

Small church expert, Karl Vaters, pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California, author of The Grasshopper Myth, the voice of the blog Pivot, and founder of, is the keynote speaker for the Next-Gen Buildings Conference. The conference will explore today’s building trends and help pastors, administrators and other church leadership navigate the world of facilities. 

Vaters’ talk is titled, “The Millennial Mystery: Ministering to (and with) a Generation that Doesn’t Exist” and will resonate with church leaders who are interested in a “different-than-normal take on ministry to millennials,” said Vaters. 

Vaters will share the shift in mindset that he as a baby boomer has had to make, to effectively minister to millennials — the largest generation in American history. However, the session is geared toward both boomers and millennials.

“Church leaders from the boomer generation will leave with a clearer understanding of why ministry to millennials is different,” said Vaters. “Church leaders from the millennial generation will leave knowing they’ve been represented well, not as a problem to be fixed, or as a demographic group to be exploited, but as valued individuals.”

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