Here is the official announcement to Florida churches that the Church IT Roundtable event is a go for January 26th, 2009. Host church will be Christ Fellowship, West Palm Beach. My team threw up a little event wiki to get us started, so feel free to check it out and register (if you are a Florida church) at http://fl.citrt.org
We are also going to try something new that I am calling Vendor Flavor. Rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? VENDOR FLAVOR. Here is the bottom line of that part of the event:
6 vendors each demo their product in 7 minutes and then have 3 minutes to answer questions and get off the stage.
I’m really excited to be able to host this event at our church and to get to know all these very capable IT people in other churches. If you know anyone working in IT or Web in a Florida church or ministry, please be sure to let them know about the upcoming event.
This blog post is to gauge interest in a Florida Regional Church IT Roundtable event. We seem to have a group in the Tampa area and others along the East coast of Florida from Orlando to Miami. Redundancy could be a good thing, so let’s talk it out in the comments below about what everyone is looking for, if people are willing to drive, and what the focus could possibly be for the event. Whether we land on two gatherings or one, I think it would be good for Florida churches to represent better through some networking, fellowship, and knowledge-sharing.
A Couple Options
I have tentative approval from Christ Fellowship leadership to host a regional event in January on our main campus. If you are unfamiliar with this type of an event and this loose coalition of geeks, here are the topics of discussion they meet on periodically in regional and national meet-ups. Since next year appears to be a tight year financially for many of us, I thought a low-cost training opportunity (typically $50 per person including 2 meals) might be of interest across the many disciplines of Church IT (Websites, Network, Information Systems). We could decide to include vendors in this gathering or not. I tend to want to hold it to just a few sponsor companies ($500+ donation in cash or hardware for give-aways?) so the focus stays on the community of churches. Then again, many of us use contract labor to augment our full-time staff, and they probably should be equally as welcome. Read the rest of this post... (723 words, estimated 2:54 mins reading time)
For those of you following the IT Roundtable going on at COR this mid-week, listen to the linked file below to see what cool worship you missed out on last evening. This is totally bootleg I admit. Grabbed it with two clicks on my Mac during the song. I would give attribution for their work, but I frankly couldn’t remember anything else after a great day of fantastic discussion. Someone else help me out with their name and summary/link of the church where they play. Was a neat vibe. Church IT Roundtable Worship mp3.
National Church IT Association
Also, we will be talking at some point in the day Thursday about the prospects of a national IT association. Since I won’t be able to stay the whole afternoon and could miss the discussion, I thought I would link back to a post I did on the subject a long while ago title What Ministry Technology, Church IT, and Web Ministry People Have in Common. My feelings haven’t changed too too much, but let me summarize my main points: Read the rest of this post... (451 words, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
- “Church IT” overlaps with Web Ministry. This becomes particularly true with open protocol APIs, web-based applications, intranet/extranets, and integrations of ChMS and CMS. Media and Communications are also both converging with web and traditional IT.
As I said previously, I have been in the midst of rethinking what I want to do with my IT blogging. With some prodding by my former office mate Barry, I have decided to blog about things other Ministry IT folks may not be covering. So on this late night I created a new blog I am titling a church cio. I have moved my old posts for historical reasons, but my new focus will be on documenting my experience as a Church CIO (with a director title). Read my about page for more info on my long term goal.
I am more broad than deep in my knowledge of Information Systems and Web. While those in my sidebar geek out at levels I will never attain to, I prefer to live high in the clouds of staff productivity, budgeting, IT governance, strategic planning, social engineering, user experience, staff culture, enterprise integration, internet marketing, Web 2.0, social networking, etc. Sure, I come down from the 50,000+ level to manage my team, but someone needs to be dreaming about what is up next and where we are going. I believe God has wired me and prepared me for that. Staying grounded and in the day to day is of course critical for my knowing enough to prepare the way for the folks who really do the hard work. Thankfully I have landed at a place where I can do all of what I love and just a little of what I don’t. Read the rest of this post... (366 words, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)