At the risk of sounding self-congratulatory, I thought I would update you, gentle reader, on a few things coming this fall that I’m excited about. Based on this site’s stats, it appears fewer people read this on Friday, so I thought I’d throw this up here today. Next week we’ll be back to regular geeky stuff.

In chronological order, the first is Gurus East. On the calendar for October, 3-5 and taking place at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, this event has been going on for a few years now. I’ve always wanted to go, but circumstances never quite worked out for it to happen. So, I was quite pleased to receive an e-mail from one of the event organizers asking if I would consider speaking there this year. 

I figured I would be doing a breakout session or something like that, which would be totally fine. Imagine my surprise when Chris Huff (Behind the Mixer) sent me an email with a link to the Gurus website that appears to indicate that I’m speaking at a main session. Yikes! The pressure is on! I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit nervous. But I’ve been praying a lot about that session, and trust God to give me the right words to say.

In any case, if you’re planning on attending, please make it a point to come up and say hi. If you’re not planning on going, you should consider it. Not because I’ll be there, but because I keep hearing it’s a great conference, and it’s free. So go register; what do you have to loose?


The following month, from Nov. 9-11 is WFX in Dallas. Again, I’m excited to go because I didn’t go last year, and because I get to be part of two events. During the conference itself, I’ll be part of an all-star panel (well, all-stars & me…) that features Daryl Cripe, Dennis Choy, Anthony Coppedge and Todd Elliot. That is going to be a whole lot of fun.

Second, I’ve been asked by Bill Swaringim to help lead part of the Tech Director’s Retreat on Tuesday. I am very excited about that, especially with the direction that Dennis is taking it this year. There are two identical sessions, morning and afternoon, that you can register for. To be clear, you pick one. They set it up this way to keep the size of the event manageable, but enable more people to be part of it. It should be really cool.

At WFX, Van and I will once again be bringing our readers/viewers/listeners more exclusive Church Tech Weekly coverage of the trade show floor (if you missed our NAB coverage, check it out!). We’ve partnered with a great company, RightsFlow, to deliver this coverage right to your desktop. So if you can’t make it down, rest assured we’ll be bringing you the best of the technical products and services. 

'Tomato Soup Grilled Cheese' photo (c) 2009, Maggie - license:

Also, at some time and place that has yet to be determined, Jason Cole and I will settle once and for all who makes the better grilled cheese sandwich (spoiler alert, it’s me) with our exclusive Grilled Cheese Throwdown. More details will follow as we figure out how we’re going to pull this off. 

As with Gurus, if you’re able to be there, please track me down and say hi. Van and I will be running around like crazy in the afternoon trying to get our video done, but I plan to spend the majority of the mornings hanging out with people. And of course, there will be a “live from WFX” edition of Church Tech Weekly. We’re just hoping Bill won’t be dropping dessert on Van’s shoe this time…

So that’s it. Two great conferences, one month apart. I can’t wait, and I really look forward to meeting some of you either in Louisville or Dallas.