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It’s difficult to believe I got home from the national Church IT RoundTable at Seacoast Church a week ago tonight. Sadly, I forgot my digital camera battery, so I don’t have any pictures. Several other people have posted photos online such as here, and here. Note particularly Jason Powell’s Flickr set, which includes most of the attendees individually with their name tags, allowing those of us with bad memories to go back and refresh ourselves. Thanks Jason!
Quick notes from Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday:
Once again, the Church IT RoundTable managed to be the coolest thing ever. Here are my quick, contemporaneous notes from the roundtable sessions. I moderated in Studio B, so my ability to take good notes was limited.
Mac OS issues
Desktop management/Help desk
New facility construction
Yay! It’s time once again for the national Church IT Roundtable (CITRT). This time it is at the hub of Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. I’m stoked because I’ve wanted to visit Seacoast for several years. Full details of this week’s events are here. Even if you haven’t made plans yet, it’s not too late to join us. Register immediately so Trace will know you’re coming.
Rather than flying straight to Charleston, I’m taking my team early and going to Atlanta for tours of Johnson Ferry, North Point, and Perimeter. Our hosts are Derek Schwab, Ryan Clevenger, and Tony Dye respectively.
Due to Jason Lee’s first child being due any day now, he won’t be able to attend this time. Jeremie Kilgore is the only one coming from Northwoods. He’s meeting us in the Atlanta airport Monday afternoon and we’re sharing a rental car and hotels all week. Excellent.
If you’re not able to attend, we’ll be using the #citrt IRC channel, Twitter, blogs, Flickr, Ustream, etc. to keep you updated on what we’re experiencing. Charleston, here we come!
If you visit clifguy.com as opposed to subscribing with a feed reader then you can see the Google gadget on the left counting down the days until the Fall 2008 Church IT RoundTable at Seacoast Church in the Charleston, SC area. Early bird registration is $50. It goes up to $75 on August 8. I just now registered myself along with Brian and Jeremy from my team. We got the early bird rate. Did you?
Seacoast is among the largest, fastest growing, and most innovative churches in the country. Don’t miss the opportunity to see and learn about this awesome church while connecting with your fellow church IT people.
I will be there along with Brian and Jeremy from my team at Resurrection. I strongly urge you to join us in Charleston to meet a bunch of amazing people and find out if this for you. We learn a lot from each other and, more importantly, we draw inspiration from each other. To understand what I mean by that, read my posts after the Fall 2007 RoundTable and the Spring 2008 RoundTable.
Trace has set up a separate blog just for the Fall 2008 CITRT. Check it out here and subscribe to the feed in order to keep up to date with all the details as they come out.
I’m jazzed! Are you?
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?
Volunteers: Vols are involved in every aspect of Internet Campus: technology, greeting, communications, counseling, missions, etc.
Giving: They have a way to permit people to donate without having an online account. Done via PayPal. They’re working on better UIs for online giving. Difficult to design a system that works equally well for physical campuses and online campuses. Made a change that increased physical campus giving 20% but decreased online giving 60%. That was a bad day for Terry.
Sacraments: They taught on sacraments in a sermon series and lead IC congregants through the process of communion.