I know it was a long time ago but my blog broke and it has taken me this long to get round to fixing it, but SO many cool things to share.
For starters being part of the group organising the confernece provide a few opertunities to grow some grace. I know that is probably true of any working group, but last year’s planning seemed to go a whole lot easier. Maybe I was still caught up in job transistion and stuff, btu plannign this year seemed hard work.
However come conference, everything seemed to run even better. A few things I would pick up on if that is okay. There are personal to my involvment, but things I feel behind the sceens made for a better conference.
1) I turned the room round 90 Degrees and put 2 screens one eaither side of the stage. Not everyone was a fan. It mean 2 things:
a) the speaker had a stage he/she could walk around without impeeding the projector screens, and it was even better after we hoisted the screens up so people could see the bottom lines of the worship songs!
b) no-one sat NEXT to the stage, so everyone could actually see the speaker, no need for extra moniters and things like that.
2) NO laptops at the front. It meant we can pre-load and test every visual / sound file befreo the meetings. We have NO technical hitches whilst live. We had to re-format a video, and back save from Powerpoint 07, but becuase it was all done BEFORE the meetings the participants saw a smooth runnign show. HAving a remote for the speaker to advance the slides also worker a treat!
3) No band. I know that seems a backward step to some, but it meant less equipment, less rehersals, less potential techy problems, we ran it all wireless including the guitar, less trip hazards. People don’t need a big band to worship God, also took up less floor space so we could sqeeze more chairs in!
Highlighs of the confence for me ..
Margaret Hill talking about Scripture engagement. No longer is it scripture use, a colleuge in Africa had commented,
“A Bible under a table leg is scripture use, but it won’t impact anyone’s heart. We need people to engage with God’s Word”
OR something like that .. I thought that was EXCELLENT especially as we had to use some spare Bibles to angle the projectors to reach the new hight screens!!
Rob Baker on Arts consultancy (Ethnomusicology) I LOVE music, for us in the ‘west’ we find happy music to be in a major key, high and loud. I found it fascinating that for one group in Benin, it is completely oposite. To celelbreate they use a minor key, and low and what we would consider dis-hamonies! I find God’s creative diversity absolutely incredible some times!
Okay enough from me, maybe i will be allowed to link to some of the presentations at some point if you r are interested.