Hard to believe it’s been two weeks since the end of MinistryTECH and the CITRT. I still haven’t written the wrap-up post I intended to write the day I got back. Real life stuff has intruded on my blogging time!
The Church IT RoundTable is just, simply, the coolest thing. I always come away charged up for another season of ministry. Why was this week so special? Here are four main reasons:
1. The pace and variety of the week was terrific. I enjoyed the drive down on Tuesday afternoon with Ian and Matt. Our timing was perfect when we picked up Jason and Jeremie from the airport, followed by warm conversation over steak. Staying at the unofficial conference hotel enhanced the experience as the geekfest continued in various rooms each evening. We clobbered the poor WiFi, resorted to EVDO, and clobbered that too! We had the joy of greeting old friends throughout the day on Wednesday as people arrived in OKC and joined the church tours (which I loved – thanks Terrell!). I liked the combination of general sessions and breakouts Terrell planned for MinistryTECH on Thursday and Friday and met some new people there. The RoundTable itself was awesome, as always (see notes below). For dinner on Saturday we enjoyed Buffalo Wild Wings and an important strategic discussion about leading the CITRT, followed by the KU win in the NCAA tournament (sorry Justin). Sunday morning it was worship at LifeChurch Edmond and then a safe drive home. The totality of the experience from Tuesday through Sunday was [insert superlative here].
2. That much geek power concentrated in one place is huge fun. Ian’s parrot-cam (mentioned here and here) is a great example. I’m old now and more of a manager-geek and leader-geek and less of a geek-geek. So being around all of the creative energy of the real geeks is reinvigorating for me. Let’s make sure that we continue to push the boundaries of technology when we get together. It’s a vital part of our culture.
3. My fellow church IT people inspire me. I said it at the end of my talk and I’ll say it again here. Ask anyone on my team about the mood I was in when I got back to the office. I was glowing like Moses.
4. God has been working on me for a couple of months, pushing me to take my leadership up to the next level. The week of MinistryTECH and CITRT was a time when that next step came into clearer view. Many factors came together to make that possible, including some one-on-one time with a close peer. Thanks. You know who you are.
Day 5-6 notes:
1. Many, many thanks to Michael Foster for hosting the RoundTable at Crossings. Everything was excellent, including a spectacular fried chicken lunch and conversation with Sunny and others about the challenges of Internet Campus in the Methodist system.
2. At Crossings I got 4424 kb/s down, 484 kb/s up, which is good, but when 50+ IT people descend with their laptops on your network, things get hairy in a hurry. It gets even crazier when you throw video into the mix. I am volunteering to lead a network design team for the Fall 2008 RoundTable at Seacoast Church. It will be made up of network people from each of the churches that have hosted the RoundTable so far. I figure we owe Trace our experience because none of us has the ability to simulate the load and test it in advance.
3. Enjoyed the Sunday 8:30 AM service at LifeChurch Edmond before driving back to KC. Particularly awesome was the band’s offering of Charlie Hall’s The Solid Rock. That will get you pumped up in the morning!
5. Speaking of promises, did Tony Morgan ever make good on his hullabaloo promise?