The Echo Conference


So what was I saying??  I know it has been a while…busy summer…sorry folks..plus just really didn’t have much to say..OK now that we got that out of the way…

So I attended the Echo Conference this past week…for those of you wondering..here is their definition. “A media and tech conference for creative church leaders.”  Yep…go ahead think it…”oh all the techno folks have a conference…how sweet…”  Yes it was fairly geek heavy but we are what we are and there isn’t much one can do about the gifts God has given you.  Also you can’t do much when God wants you somewhere.  I say that cause if you would have asked me on Tuesday morning if I was going I would have said no.  I wanted to go but didn’t get my act together in time to pay the cheap price to go and just didn’t think I could justify the expense…but Tuesday afternoon I got a txt from a friend asking if I wanted to go cause there was an extra ticket available….uh…huh…yea I will take it…so glad I did…

I really didn’t know what to expect…I have been to a few conferences before..mostly trying to tell you how churches need to be on the cutting edge to be relevant…authentic…true to itself…all good buzz words…all words that drive me nuts.  The church to me has always been and always will be about Jesus..it is that simple…not matter how churches try to dress it up it still needs to come back to Him.  He is why the church exists.  He is the message we have to get out there.

I got that re-enforced last week…I also remembered that is why I do my job…not for fame and fortune…Todd Wagner the Pastor at Watermark church reminded us that do the tech and media stuff in the church that “you will always be underpaid and undervalued…”  He is right…but there are other ways we should get satisfaction from the work we do…we do what we do for the love of Christ not to make a lot of money..or to be praised..that last part…the praise part…by the way…I think is the biggest struggle we as creative folks have…we work really hard at something editing…lighting…writing…designing that graphic (7 hrs on a pillowcase)…and give it to the ministry that wanted it and they just go “ok…thanks..”  That can be hard because we pour our whole being into something and then get an “ok…thanks…”

I got reminded last week that our Father does not look at our work and go “ok…thanks..”  He loves everything we do..no matter how much time we take to do it…He can use what we do in any fashion He wants.

One session that hit me right between the eyes was with Blaine Hogan who works at Willow Creek…he challenged me to start taking time when putting something together…time with just me and God…time for me to work through things…he made a statement “Most Christian art seems like propaganda.”  He is right…we try to get done what we can in the shortest time so we can get onto the next project…we need to take time to really think “how can what I am doing best reflect Christ.”

I know this post is kinda long…sorry…been working on this in my head for the weekend…still can’t get out what I want too but one final thing…we as Christians need to remember that just because we shine up the story of Christ…put chrome on it…light it with moving lights and add more smoke…the story is still the story…it hasn’t changed in 2000 years and it is not going to change…We need to get out there and think how can we share that story…how can we change the hearts of people cause as another speaker Matt Knisely said it best “The traditional way we have communicated from head to heart is not good anymore…we need to go to the heart then it will go to the head.”  Well…time to get groovin’…

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