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Tuesday, November 13
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

This training will show the need and necessity for a church to establish, and maintain a Security and Safety Team. The course will present evidence from a local, state, national and global perspective. You will learn how to build a team, including processing the application, interviewing, screening, background checks, and...

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Let’s get straight to real, practical solutions, right?  This is not a “come and listen” breakout.  The MxU Forum at WFX is where you will get your actual problems solved.  The MxU Forum will help HOW technology teams grow and overcome the countless hurdles that frustrate them and limit their...

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Getting started on a construction plan or project can feel overwhelming, especially when you don't even know the first steps you should take. No matter the scope and the scale of your project, understanding the process will help to ensure it will be cost-effective and time-efficient.  Master planning, budgeting and...

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Tuesday, November 13
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Houston, we have a problem. Churches everywhere are realizing that the way people attend and engage with the church is radically different than it was even a decade ago. What worked before isn't necessarily working anymore. So how can you improve how you're using communication channels like social media, announcements,...

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Tuesday, November 13
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
This intensive is an opening path to becoming a Certified Church Administrator through The Church Network. (TCN) is an inter-denominational association of churches and individuals which exists to serve the church by promoting the highest level of professional competence in individuals serving Christ through administration in local churches. In addition...

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"With a rise in acts of violence, it is important to have a well-thought-out emergency response plan (EOP). This plan must be tested to find gaps in response to ensure effectiveness.  While running live drills are important, tabletop exercises are a good way to walk-through a test event to evaluate...

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Wednesday, November 14
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Does your Sound System deliver the power of the Word? Does it help your congregation focus on the message or is it a distraction? Does it create a sonic environment that reinforces the worship experience?  This session will help you discover ways to improve your building’s acoustics, control noise and...

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  • Wednesday, November 14, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
This will be an overview of legal issues affecting churches in terms of their land, buildings, and property. We will discuss the acquisition and zoning of land. We'll talk about construction contracts, building occupancy permits, building codes, and so forth. We will talk about the process of securing the building...
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Mr  Josh Bryant

Managing Attorney
Church General Counsel
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Wednesday, November 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Imagine a room full of 1000 + people. Finally you find your seat after waiting in line for an hour. You put your stuff down, the lights black out, the spotlight comes on, and your favorite song on the radio starts playing. Singers and dancers come out, lights are going...

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Wednesday, November 14
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Does it take piles of money and the latest expensive line array, to have fantastic sound at your church? No way! Join us as we unpack ways to quickly upgrade your sound and add in-ear monitoring, by leveraging gear you already have, and taking advantage of a growing number of...
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Peter Neumann

Founder
Worship Expedition
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Put two of the leading national voices in Church Communication into one room and give them 105 minutes to be bold, creative, and informative; what do you get? A lot of laughter, caution, stories, and practical information about branding, social media, leadership, tools, and results. Whether you’re getting started, needing...

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Ms  Megan Kelly

Creative Director
Encounter Church
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  • Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
From broad to heavy theming, having a designer at your disposal can not only help “fill the gaps” but lead to a better and more comprehensive visual story of your church facility. What we are talking about is finding the more authentic you or making sure your facility is reflecting...
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Ms  Lisa Masteller

Owner+ Designer of Sassafras Studios
Sassafras Studios
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This class would be ideal for anyone who is currently working with volunteers, working to grow a ministry, or is currently working understaffed. When it's not possible to add staff as needed, it's important to know how to steward the resources that are available, including empowering people to volunteer and...
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Brian Burleson

AV Tech Manager
New Hope Church
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At some point as a church communicator, you’ll be asked to livestream a Sunday service. Or, maybe you’re the one who comes up with the idea and is willing to jump in and start this new ministry. Livestreaming can create a strategic way to engage members who are sick or...
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Alyssa Bream

Media Pastor
Open Door Church
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In today’s modern church, and due to the demands of broadcasting and streaming, lavalier and headset mics are now a crucial part of just about every church service.  However, sometimes the results obtained are less than stellar quality.  In this session we will help you navigate the ins and outs...

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  • Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Change Orders — nobody wants them, and there's a way to avoid them during construction. Major issues can be averted and there are things you can be looking for that will protect the church from spending more than is needed. Come hear what your rights are as an owner and...
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Kreg Robertson

Associate
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.
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Wednesday, November 14
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Discussion on the state of IP based standards in production & broadcast today. We talk AES, Dante, SMPTE, etc along with Networking do’s & dont's.

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  • Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
This 90-minute presentation will primarily deal with sudden ambush-style attacks, unruly/disorderly individuals, children’s ministry incidents, domestic violence, medical situations, criminal law, civil liability, and attempted intrusions into secure areas. The presentation will introduce statistical data on church attacks, layered security, armed security teams, candidates for teams, as well as other...
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Christophor Periatt

Co-Owner/Lead Instructor
Forever Vigilant LLC.
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Wednesday, November 14
3:00 PM - 5:45 PM

LAPTOP IS REQUIRED A session that will introduce you to project management techniques that if applied will improve your skills in a significant way regardless of your starting point or background as manager/leader.  There are many people who started their careers as experts in one field or another and have found...

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Wednesday, November 14
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

  • Wednesday, November 14, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Are you looking for ways to save money on building projects? We will be discussing  how to leverage bankruptcies and foreclosures, how to coordinate demolition efforts with contractors, how to partner with commercial designers, how to find and use salvaged construction materials, repurposing old store interiors, securing donations, tax advantages,...
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Scott Walker

Facilities Director
Riverwood Church Community
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When making stage design choices, your church culture and values should help guide your path. Since the early days of the church, architects and acolytes have been designing worship spaces and experiences based around what they believe. They communicate worship, history, and their expectations of attendees without saying a word....

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  • Wednesday, November 14, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
What are the issues a congregation should be prepared to address as it considers the rehabilitation of a historic property? This session will examine the influence that the US Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines, which define the criteria by which all preservation and historic renovation projects are evaluated...
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Jonathan Rollins

Principal
GFF Architects
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It is a known fact that leaders who have self-awareness about their own functioning are much more effective in their leadership work. In addition, those who have access to their own inner lives can effectively self-supervise and monitor their responses to the emotionally demanding circumstances that naturally arise as a...
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Ms  Natolie Warren

Licensed Minister, LPC, Transformational Speaker, Self Development Coach & Author
The Whole Woman Experience
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  • Wednesday, November 14, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
This is a session about project borrowing as discussed from the Church's perspective-not the lender's. Lending to churches has changed as financial institutions realized that churches are good at repaying mortgages. This has made a number of lending options available to churches that were previously limited to for-profit entities. Sadly,...
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Mr.  Kerry Jones

Director, Client Relations/Church Planner
Goff Companies
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Wednesday, November 14
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Ministries are most effective when they are fully immersed in their community and buildings can play a key role in moving a church toward an embedded identity.  Learn how strategic planning and innovative design can help bring the church back to the center of the community through spaces that are...
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Brian Walsh

Founder & President
The Collage Companies
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Don Mahoney

President & Principal Architect
Building God's Way
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Would you like to increase your first-time visitor return rate? Would you like to attract more people from the surrounding region and make a difference in the community? There are ways to create a first impression that will help. This session will be about simple, yet impactful things you can...

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This session will give an introduction to video in Houses of Worship, as well as an overview of using media servers with projection, IMAG, LED and TV’s. It will cover Hippotizer V4+’s main features, work-flow, and popular components such as VideoMapper, MultiController, and DMX. Attendees will also go through the...
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Graham Whipple

Product Specialist
Green Hippo US
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Does your church record and distribute its sermons? Does your congregation want to watch your sermons on YouTube or listen to the message on Podcast? Hear how a four-location mega-church with 6,000 in attendance, edits both video and audio for next-day delivery. This case study will help you understand how...
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Reuben Poon

Production Coordinator
C3 Church - San Diego
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The most important part of a flight is not the pilot, the passengers, the engine, the size of the plane, the wheels, the shape of the plane or the stale peanuts - although the peanuts help. The most important part of air travel is the size of the runway; if...
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Mr.  Eric Byrd

Worship Leader/Minister of Music
St John Baptist Church
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This hands-on demonstration of non-lethal training ammunition will help Security / Guardian teams to pressure test incidents related to active killer/shooter, a terrorist attack, medical situations or handling an emotionally disturbed person. You will appreciate and understand the benefit of proactively utilizing reality-based training scenarios by incorporating UTM Non-Lethal Training...
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Mr.  Pierce Kibbey

CEO / Chief Instructor
PRACTICs INC
Proverbs 22: 3 -NLT - "A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and accepts the Consequences".
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Join Lisa Jackson and Jon Rutherford for an in-depth examination of the entire pipeline of creation through delivery for media content targeting the next generation of audience that you are trying to reach. It will cover many of the technologies content creators need to consider and understand. This session is for...
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Jon Rutherford

Sr. Solutions Architect
Key Code Media
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Lisa Jackson

Territory Account Manager
Key Code Media
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Security, parking, and medical teams are needed in today's churches, schools, and nonprofits more than ever. The best teams run not only on their own, but also in coordination with each other to produce a holistic approach to serving an organization, allowing all that come onto property to worship, teach,...
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Terry Berringer

Owner / Operator
Church Emergency Consulting
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Thursday, November 15
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

  • Thursday, November 15, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
The church is always looking for new ways to get people through their doors. What if there was a way to do that with little to no cost to you? What we will look at in this session is how to use your existing church facility to engage your larger...

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The Layered Security Approach is a method used to evaluate the church’s security needs by reviewing the security issues, current situation, and future needs with a series of questions. The information is used to help determine the type of systems needed to meet the requirements – whether it is intrusion,...

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We all know that Sunday comes every week, and learning how to manage conflicting goals and schedules, and the overarching workload of your job is challenging. The importance of designing your space for multi-use engagement can affect the way your congregation worships and make your time more efficient and effective.  Learn...
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Mr.  Justin Crisp

Technical Director
Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church
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On January 18, 2018, Mark Zuckerberg dropped a bomb on the so-called social media experts, leaving the Facebook marketing landscape a desolate and desperate wasteland. That's the hype, but the reality may not so bleak. As a matter of fact, there is indeed, an opportunity to grow and reach more...

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Learn how to raise up and activate non-technical volunteers and develop their skill-set to a production level aptitude. We will explore the need for preparation before the actual services, best practices for communication between team members,  and how to make corrections on the look and feel of the service message....
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Mr.  Chad Ferris

Pastor of Technology and Production
Momentum Christian Church
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Mr  Deandre Smith

Momentum Christian Church Westridge Campus Tech Team Leader
Momentum Christian Church
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Mr  Mat Johnson

Momentum Christian Church Eagle's Landing Campus Tech Team Leader
Momentum Christian Church
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The session will delve into the many technical facets, challenges and solutions when the service environment requires setup/tear down for every service. Explore out of the box ideas that will help mobile rigging perform better, quicker and with less hassle. Ideal audience segment would be the volunteer audio engineer at...

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From active shooters, disgruntled parents, to wanderings kids – our society has changed. It is sad, but it is a reality that we must deal with. There is a lot a church can do logistically, but also some simple measures you can take with your facility to make the children,...
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Kreg Robertson

Associate
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.
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Thursday, November 15
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

LAPTOP REQUIRED A follow-up session to the beginners boot camp, this session will continue the introduction to project management techniques that if applied will improve your skills in a significant way regardless of your starting point or background as manager/leader.  There are many people who started their careers as experts in...

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Thursday, November 15
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Producing live shows in front of an audience week-after-week is a high-risk game. Add to that small production teams with mixed skill sets ranging from industry experts to eager, willing volunteers, and the stakes get even higher. Schedule these events on weekends when support can be limited and the stress...
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Mr  Nigel Spratling

Vice President, Production Switchers, and Video Servers
Ross Video
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Do you run from conflict? As a leader do you address every rumor about you or the ministry you lead? Do you send a text when you should really make a phone call? A very wise person once said 'if you are a leader and no one is mad at...
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Mr.  Eric Byrd

Worship Leader/Minister of Music
St John Baptist Church
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Using current technologies like texting is an easy way to report suspicious activity information. We can crowd-source suspicious activity information for safe churches by  Implementing the Department of Homeland Security campaign “See Something Say Something”.  Prevention of major emergencies is literally, at everyone’s fingertips. Suspicious activity information  can effectively intercept...

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  • Thursday, November 15, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Effective Wi-Fi is not only becoming a guest expectation in a facility, it's also become an essential component of the installed audiovisual systems, building automation, and increasingly, the "Internet of Things". When planning for new facility construction or a remodel, there are many important considerations that come into play during...
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Mr.  Ian Beyer

Senior WLAN Field Engineer
Wireless Training & Solutions
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Have you ever needed a cable and you couldn't find it? Or needed a cable but the only one you could buy was 47' longer than you needed? What if you could make that network audio cable yourself? Well, there is a way you can improve your systems without it...
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Brian Burleson

AV Tech Manager
New Hope Church
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Facebook has slowly been taking away the ability to reach those who “like” your church’s page. But, the one thing guaranteed to reach your followers is video - specifically live video. Today, everyone has the ability to create creative, engaging, and strategic marketing that will increase your reach beyond any...
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Alyssa Bream

Media Pastor
Open Door Church
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We've heard for years how important it is to be mindful of content, SEO, likes, followers and a plethora of other analytics. Yet, how does one determine which of the many metrics available are best to pay attention to? Why are some stats important while others are not? Does that...
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Mr.  Jim Washok

Communications Director
West End Assembly of God
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New technology purchases are often too focused on what the technology does or how cool it is, and not on whether it can equip your ministry to best reach people in your community. This is especially true when it comes to designing new audio, video, and lighting systems for your...

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Come and explore a statistical fact based look into the trends of criminal attacks that churches are currently experiencing and learn how this knowledge can help save lives. Learn from the facts and statistics, trends and detailed case studies that will help you establish safety and security measures in your...
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Mr.  Roger Hammer

Director of Security and Public Safety; CEO, Templar Solutions Groups
Christ Fellowship Church
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Thursday, November 15
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Thousands of churches across the world are leveraging video to connect campuses together. Within the last five years, new technology options have emerged which make reliable live video delivery possible with standard internet connections. This is changing the strategy of church planters who leverage the benefits of video - they...

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As tech teams endeavor to support multiple services and all the additional needs for production turn around, there's bound to be scheduling conflicts and challenges that reduce the feasibility of accommodating everything and everyone. Making it even more challenging is when each 'event' requires it's own production and stage set....
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Mr.  Alex Rodriguez

Consultant / Designer / Integrator / Engineer
Alex Rodriguez Audio
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One of the single greatest complaints from church techs around the country is communication or lack thereof. There are some practical steps that can be taken to help break down communication barriers and help grow your tech ministry and your church. Learn how you can avoid last-minute requests while keeping...
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Mr.  Todd Heft

Director of Media Arts
Hillside Community Church
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What if a church’s success is about communicating a unifying message so you become known for it? What if we’re actually contributing to NOISE by talking too much? What if we could say LESS so our congregations and communities will listen MORE! Mark MacDonald (a favorite WFX church comm presenter)...

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Not sure if lamp or laser is better for you? Should you get a white screen or grey screen? Are their solutions when your space is super-bright? What if you have a very small budget? Learn the answer to all of these things and more when you hear the top...
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Mr  Todd Reed

Getting Church Projection Right – Lessons Learned from Projector Experts
Projector People
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Are you a medium to large church (300-2000 seat) that wants an all-volunteer AVL team? Hear how we created a structured recruiting and training process to enable us to grow from a two to four location mega-church (~6,000 weekly attendance) with a volunteer AVL team of 100+. Many of our...
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Reuben Poon

Production Coordinator
C3 Church - San Diego
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Participants will discover the importance of connectional relationship building with the local community through the use of social media platforms. Discussion includes a brief overview of the main social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); content creation, strategy, and audience targeting; social listening; analytics and the role they play in leveraging...
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Dr.  Meghan Howard

Associate Pastor and Director of Digital Communications
Fairborn UMC
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Thursday, November 15
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Places of worship and church-related facilities must maintain a delicate balance between providing an open and welcoming environment and the safety and security for those participating in their services and events. Salient will discuss several topics of interest including: physical environment , security assessments, multi-site challenges, and response plans. For...

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