After listening to attendee feedback and researching the struggles churches face today, WFX will now offer five distinct, but concurrent conferences to provide state-of-the-art, role-specific training.
Rachel Dawn Hayes · June 2, 2017
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 Conference & Expo will now offer five distinct, but concurrent conferences to provide state-of-the-art, role-specific training, all 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,” says Beth Vinton, program manager for WFX.
Vinton adds that many churches use WFX Conference & Expo as their yearly retreat and report that participating has 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,” she says.
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 safety and security offerings 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.