Fall Regional Church IT Network Recap – Lifechurch.tv

At the end of October, a bunch of church IT folks gathered in Edmond Oklahoma for our regional Church IT Network Roundtable.  For those of you who are not familiar, The Church IT Network first began as a series of events called the Church IT Roundtable (CITRT). Today, the CITRT has grown into a network, a peer learning community, of Church and ministry IT people not only across the US, but around the globe.  This year, we had a national roundtable here at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, and multiple regional roundtables scattered around the country.

Our Edmond, Oklahoma host campus was Lifechurch.tv and we were blown away by the way we were hosted.  A special thanks to Mark Burleson and the rest of the Lifechurch.tv team for making the event so awesome.

The night before the event, we ate pizza, had a 4-on-4 Halo tournament, Mario Cart, and Poker.  What we found out is that we have some highly competitive people in church IT (go figure)  We also found out that playing Halo in the Livechurch.tv global operations center is just about as cool as that sounds.

The next morning, after consuming multiple cups of coffee to wake up from a late night, we started the day with the Livechurch worship team leading us in worship.  Amazing.  Then we had a keynote message delivered by Bobby Gruenewald.  Amazing x 2.  Then we broke into smaller tables to have roundtable discussions about various tech topics, had an amazing lunch, more discussions, a panel discussion on multisite, and wrapped up the day with dinner.

I’ve always said that the roundtable events are the highlight of my year, and this was certainly the case this time around.  I’m thankful not just for what I learn each time I attend, but the relationships that are created or deepened.  The best thing about the church IT network is that I know that I’m not alone.  Whether I’m just having a bad day, or I have a major technical problem that I need help with… I can count on the relationships that have happened because of events like these.  Mark Burleson said it best when he said, “I know that no matter what, there are people in this room that I could call day or night and they would be there for me.”  And he’s exactly right.  And I feel the same way.

If you are looking for ways to connect, check out www.churchitnetwork.com for more information about our next national roundtable events;  February 2013  in Phoenix, and October 2013 in Kansas City.

As always, if I can help you get connected or serve your church in any way, please let me know.

Have you ever been to a Church IT Network roundtable event?  Leave a comment and let me know what your experience was like, and why it was valuable to you!


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