National shows featuring audio, video, lighting training to assist house of worship technical production teams.
Jim Kumorek · March 16, 2017
One year ago we looked ahead to 2016 to see what opportunities exist for tech team training. As training is key to the technical ministries, let’s take this opportunity to refresh the list for 2017. If you haven’t hit the Winter NAMM show, USITT, and the NRB shows, don’t worry, there are still great opportunities coming up. Here we’ll cover the first half of 2017.
These shows all have training opportunities. Most of them do have a trade show component, where your techs can get their hands on some of the latest gear. There is ample time as well to talk with the manufacturers’ representatives to get more in-depth information on equipment, and you’ll get a unique chance to connect your techs with other church techs, helping them to build up their personal network of people to talk to when a piece of gear starts acting up.
And if you know of other conferences that benefit church techs that aren’t on this list, please let us know.
April 22-27, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, always held in Las Vegas, is THE show to attend if you do any sort of broadcasting, including streaming to the web, or even video transmission/capture for satellite campuses. Training opportunities abound, and the trade show for equipment manufactures is massive. This is a show where you need to plan strategically what companies you want to visit with, because even if you focus on the trade show for the entire five days it’s open, you wouldn’t get through the entire show floor. Typically 100,000 people attend the NAB show each year. Did I say it’s massive?
May 15-16, 2017
WFX Reach is the regional version of the larger WFX annual conference. It provides similar training and “make you think” opportunities for church pastoral, facilities and technical ministries staff in a smaller, local package. Held at a church, it offers great opportunities for your church staff to get to know other church staff and volunteers who are nearby, and thus is a fantastic opportunity to get the similar excellent training and networking with lower travel costs.
This year adds a worship track to the Reach conference, covering many of today’s topics of interest to worship leaders and worship team members. Presented by Integrity Music artists, you will learn from renowned worship artists David and Nicole Binion with Covenant Worship, Travis Ryan, and The Worship Society to discover how to utilize Multi-Tracks, create community within your team, write songs for your church, and explore the foundations of true worship.