Another anointed journey with the Lord. This was my second WFX that I have had the honor of attending. The first was last spring in Indianapolis where I was working for Third Place Consulting in helping to spread the vision of leveraging the real estate that the church already owns to create and utilize amazing third places to connect people, develop leaders and fund causes for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. This time around I attended for be filled and taught for my new roll at Messiah. The faith family at Messiah have some amazing challenges ahead with the vision for the global church and this venue allows for a direct connection to some of the best people in technology to aid in accomplishing that vision.
Upon arriving in Houston I met up with the original Church Bartender (Michael Trent). Michael has been and continues to be an amazing mentor and friend. We both have a deep passion to see the church be church and stop playing. We visited a church body doing just that. Ecclesia has positioned itself in the world but has set the done as Jesus called us to not be of the world. They have an amazing building that is used for but not limited to a cafe, recording studio, worship area, local art gallery, neighborhood natural foods market. If you ever make it to Houston, you need to place them on your list to see, they are being church. While at Ecclesia we hung out with Daniel Park and where privileged to hear his story and the amazing plans that God has for him in Prague. The pastor at Ecclesia has help to write a new translation of the New Testament soon to be released. I am currently reading a segment of it called: The Voice of Acts: The Dust Off Their Feet: Lessons from the First Church. This is the book of Acts retold and amazing.
As it turns out dinner always turns out to be an amazing time of spiritual growth. I was blessed to have dinner with some old friends and new. The seafood at McCormick & Schmicks was wonderful and the conversation was life changing… time to win the world for Christ people, if we do not do it, who will?
I spent considerable time in class and training as well. The audio mix class with Armando Fullwood (Design 2020), Reed Hall (Lakewood) and Walter Silverberg (The Potter’s House) was out of this world to have that knowledge and experience base pouring in and training me. The other classes that I attended were on Third Places Now & Next, Simple Steps to Streaming Live, Church in a Digital World, Creating Engaging Environments with Video Staging, and the 60 Minutes Church Website Makeover. The keynote from by Dave Ferguson on building up leaders, launching them and growing the church was amazing. What is your faith families Big Idea and are you accomplishing it? After the talk I was privileged to hang out with Dave in the green room and learn and share what Christ is doing at CCC and Messiah.
By far the most powerful and impact-full discussions I had was on learning about Global Need. I really still do not know how to put it into words for what the Lord is doing there. Please go to Global Need and check it out, read up and get involved.
The expo floor is always interesting and filled with everyone from builders / architects, chair supplies, stain glass window manufactures to the highest end electronics vendors in the world and everything in between. One has to enter the expo floor with filters on or you will be overwhelmed. The three products that I will take away from my time on the floor are; ProPresenter and Tight Rope Media Server.
Thank you to all of the presenters, teachers and contributors that gave of their time to teach. I close with this, what is this vision that Christ has given to your faith family and are you accomplishing that vision? We know the great commission, so are we truly living it out?