the next big thing

Many of you remember my blog post from many months ago about feeling like God was calling me to the next thing. (Read it here). The only problem for me was that I had no idea what that “next thing” was.

I’m excited to announce the beginnings of that next thing.5769206938_c61403a500_z

Remember Gurus of Tech? After attending an amazing event in Louisville, KY back in 2010, the production team at Willow and I decided to give it a shot, and we had a great time hosting that amazing event for a few years. We saw it grow and expand. I have lost track of how many people have told me how meaningful it was to them and their walk with Christ, as well as their development as a technical artist.

The other big question people ask me is “When is the next one?” Through many twists and turns, and many, MANY conversations, I can say…I don’t know when the next Gurus of Tech will be. But I can tell you that I’ve been working on something new and am excited to announce the hopefully first of many: First In Last Out Conference!

One of the things we noticed about Gurus at Willow Creek, was that 80% of the people drove, which meant there were many people all over the country that chose not to come. When you start adding up travel costs and hotels, even the “free” event started to cost quite a bit.

Taking this information and all the things we learned from doing Gurus of Tech for three years, we’ve assembled a team to craft a one day conference that we will hold throughout the year in different regions. Our goal is to have one close to where you live, making it easier for you to take advantage of the skill development, inspiration and encouragement that comes from being around other church technical artists like you.

Check out our new webpage and let us know what you think! Right now, we have our first event scheduled for April 28th in the Chicagoland area. As time goes by, we’ll be adding new locations, so keep checking back to see if there’s a FILO Conference near you!

We hope to see you there!