It's hard to believe that it was March when I booked my flights to Chicago for the Willow Arts Conference. Last year was my first year, and I was thoroughly impressed. It was great to get a few days out of the office, and to spend some time worshiping without worrying about a video cue, the sound mix or whether the right words were on the screen. It was so refreshing.
So this year, it's back again. Just over 2 weeks away now, in fact. This year, speakers include Nancy Beach, Gilles Ste-Croix (Sr. Vice President of Creative Content,Cirque du Soleil), Brian McClaren, and Francis Chan. The Robby Seay Band will be there, as well as a host of other breakouts.
Last year, I was surprised that the trade show was as big as it was. It's not NAB, NAMM or InfoCom, but it's a decent sized show with some great church-friendly gear.
As far as I can tell, it's not too late to register. As I'll be going solo, if you're planning on attending let me know. It would be great to meet up with as many as I can. One thing I really enjoy about events like that is meeting like-minded people from all over the country.
If you're going, shoot me an e-mail at mike [at] churchtecharts [dot] org. We can swap contact info and figure out how to meet up. We work really hard all year long; it's great to get away for a few days!