LeadLab :: an interactive experience to facilitate peer learning and synergizing of ideas for church technical leaders who share a passion for serving the Church. Read More

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LeadLab :: an interactive experience to facilitate peer learning and synergizing of ideas for church technical leaders who share a passion for serving the Church.

This full-day gathering will focus on developing leadership tools and skills to help your technical team move forward and become a more effective and influential part of your church’s ministry. Paid and volunteer church technical directors will gather to laugh, learn, and lead. Yeah, we know that’s cheesy. Come prepared to dive into the strategic areas of leading volunteers, serving church leadership, and leading yourself.

You will hear from church technical leaders such as Dennis Choy (North Coast Church, Vista, CA), Justin Firesheets (Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL), Andrew Stone (Church on the Move, Tulsa, OK), and Bill Swaringim (The Crossing, St Louis, MO) as they share ideas and insights gained from years of experience leading technical teams and staff in the local church. You will also have the opportunity to pick their brains during a Q & A time. You will be able to share ideas, develop solutions, and process leadership concepts and issues in focused discussion groups to better lead your ministry.

LeadLab is about you! Come with an open attitude ready to evaluate yourself and what you need to do to lead better, join in community with other Technical Directors, and renew the passion God has placed in you.

LeadLab is one of a number of resources available from Church Technical Leaders. Church Technical Leaders is an organization focusing on engaging and equipping church technical leaders that serve in the technical production areas of audio, lighting, video and stage design in their local church. You can learn more about Church Technical Leaders and the resources available at www.ChurchTechLeaders.org

What Past LeadLab Attenders Are Saying

“I really enjoyed LeadLab, and walked away with a renewed desire to be the best leader I can be. There was a ton of practical advice that was given that I've written down and have either started implementing or plan to implement. ….LeadLab was just what I needed to take my team to the next level.”
-Technical Director attending one of 2014’s LeadLab California

I can't tell you what a great experience it was to be able to hang with you guys yesterday. As a lead pastor leading a church to Multi Site, to be able to spend some time with guys like you who have helped to invent it and make it what it is today was nothing short of awesome!!! My team and I talked for hours on our way home. The principals you each shared can be implemented into any ministry of our church. Thanks for all the hard work to put on this LeadLab.
-Senior Pastor attending one of 2014’s EastCoast LeadLabs

“It (LeadLab) was intimate, non-threatening, down to earth. I was able to connect with some of the world’s greatest church leaders and ask them questions I've been dying to ask.”
- Tech Director attending one of 2014’s EastCoast LeadLabs

“I appreciated the genuine answers. Keeping passion, balancing our lives, communicating, staying spiritually fed and leading people is so important to be reminded of. My greatest take away from LeadLab was many things…..”
-Production Director attending one of 2014’s East Coast LeadLab

“I am a Worship Pastor and I went to the (LeadLab) event to get ideas for better leading and serving our Tech Team. I also brought one of our tech leaders. Much of what was discussed was directly applicable to our situation and I appreciate the tone in which the material was presented.”
- Worship Pastor attending one of 2014’s LeadLab California

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Who Is Attending?

Church Technical Directors, Media Directors, Production Directors, Audio Directors, Lighting Directors, Video Directors, Communication Directors, Worship Leaders, Worship Pastors, Pastors –yes, Pastors! and other staff and lay people who serve on and lead church tech teams.

What Will We Be Discussing?

Some of our LeadLab topics include ‘Passion, Vision, and Excellence,’ ‘Leading from the Middle,’ ‘Communicating Effectively,’ and ‘Empowering Others’



8:30am –Doors Open
9:00am – LeadLab welcome and Introduction
9:15am – Session 1
10:30am – break
10:45am – Session 2
12:05pm – lunch (provided on campus)
12:55pm – Session 3
2:15pm – break
2:25pm – Session 4
3:35pm – Open Q & A
4:25pm – wrap up.

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Our 2015 LeadLab panel is made up of church technical leaders with years of Kingdom-building experience in churches of all sizes across the country. You'll hear from voices you may recognize and ones you may not, but we're confident in the wisdom and heart behind each and every one of our panelists.

See details below for confirmed panelist at each event. Click on a speaker to read their bio!

Greg Baker Dennis Choy Justin Firesheets Bill Swaringim Andrew Stone David Leuschner
Van Metschke Micah Stevens Greg Bacus Lee Fields Brad McCraw
Dennis Choy

After joining the staff at North Coast Church in 1995, Dennis created and developed the church's Technical Production Ministry to over 85 Staff and Volunteers today. North Coast Church, located in Vista, California, currently offers 23 worship services with over 9000 attendees every weekend across three campuses. North Coast has expanded Dennis's Leadership role to also oversee the Graphics Team, Web Team, Print Media Team, Staging and IT Department. Dennis has a passion for helping churches develop a successful Production ministry and he specializes in addressing training and development issues with a real life perspective of 'how things really work' in the church world. He has taught training classes at NAB, WFX, TFWM, NAMM and other conferences around the country and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the WFX conference and the Church Technical Leaders Network. He resides in Oceanside California with his wife Michelle and their three children.

Justin Firesheets

Justin Firesheets has been the Production Manager at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala., since 2009. In his current role, he manages a team of 13 full-time staff and nearly 300 volunteers, all of whom combine to execute 30 live worship services each Sunday. Now one of the ten largest churches in the country, Highlands currently attracts over 25,000 people to weekend services at ten campuses across the state, plus several thousand more in a live online audience.

In addition to overseeing the live production elements for services, Firesheets also manages all AVL system design and installation for construction and capital projects at the church.

Prior to joining the Highlands staff, Firesheets spent five years as a radio and television announcer for college and professional sports in Alabama, and another year as the media relations director for the Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team. He still occasionally serves a freelance sports broadcaster and public address announcer, and enjoys teaching on technology and team development to audiences of church leaders. He is a graduate of Samford University and lives in Birmingham with his wife and two children.
Bill Swaringim

Bill Swaringim serves as the Technical Arts Director at The Crossing in St Louis, MO. He leads his staff of TechArts Leaders and Specialists to creatively communicate the Gospel through technology. By using unconventional teaching methods and various art mediums and technology, The Crossing, a multi-site church, creates experiences rooted in Scripture that are both culturally relevant and deeply personal. This environment makes Bill feel right at home.

Bill's heart for the ministry side of technology shines through from his experiences in serving the church full-time[JC4] for the past fifteen years. His dream came alive in 2009 with the birth of the Church Tech Director’s Roundtable, a community providing resources, building connections, and equipping leaders serving as local church technical artists. This community has evolved into Church Technical Leaders, a non-profit organization serving over 4,000 church technical artists worldwide.

You can connect with Bill on Twitter at @billswaringim
Andrew Stone

Andrew Stone has worked as an Audio Engineer, Production Manager, Tour Manager, and almost everything in-between for the past 23 years. Spending most of that time touring the world with a diverse range of entertainers has brought a unique perspective to his current position as Production Manager and Audio Engineer at Church On the Move in Tulsa, OK. Although a bit unorthodox in approach, the experience and creative problem-solving has proven to be a successful building block of how COTM has redesigned the production of their live services and events. He can be followed on Twitter @stone_rocks and is a blog contributor at www.seeds.churchonthemove.com/blog.
Greg Bacus

Greg serves as the Central Team Leader of Technology for LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, OK. His team is responsible for the organization’s technology as well as broadcasting the weekend message each week to 16 campuses, an internet campus (Church Online), and over 125 network churches worldwide. In addition to providing the technical direction for the organization, Greg's team is also highly involved in LifeChurch.tv's aggressive campus launch and revitalization process, opening 2-4 new campuses per year as well as revitalizing 4-5 campuses in between. Greg enjoys technology, but feels that his greater strength is in leading technology minded people. He is more of a visionary, and much less of a "knobs and faders" techy. He likes to cast the vision, and enable his team to go execute it.

In his off time, Greg is usually driving his 3 kids to and from sporting events, coaching their teams, helping them with homework, or crashed out on the couch alongside his wife, Richelle. Other than that, he enjoys playing golf, fishing and hunting, and the overall thrill of living in the very weather active state of Oklahoma.
Greg Baker

Greg Baker is the Global Technical Director for Saddleback Church and has been with Saddleback since November 1997 where he has held many positions, including Front of House Engineer and Audio Team Director. Prior to joining the team at Saddleback, Greg achieved his Bachelor of Arts in Music from California State University at Fullerton in 1993 and almost immediately began work in the audio and visual field as a technician. As Global Technical Director, Greg is responsible for teams and equipment that include Audio, Lighting, Video, and Media graphics; as they serve Saddleback Church through campuses around Southern California. As of 2012 Saddleback Church began its global outreach expanding to 12 international Church locations where Greg’s responsibilities have expanded to include adding and supporting technology in these new cities.
Todd Elliott

Todd is the Technical Arts Director at Willow Creek Community Church, leading teams of staff and volunteers to create life changing moments through the fusion of the technical and the creative arts. Todd enjoys photographing cemeteries and wearing fake mustaches. He lives on the edge of cornfields with his wife Bissy and their three kids. Follow him on Twitter @_ToddElliott and check out his blog:www.toddelliott.net
David Leuschner

David Leuschner serves on the Senior Team as the Senior Director of Technology and Technical Arts at Gateway Church. Gateway Church is located in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex and is currently averaging 25,000 attendees a weekend. It is the home of Pastor Robert Morris and Worship Leader’s Thomas Miller, Kari Jobe, Mark Harris, Walker Beach and David Moore. He has been in the Tech industry for over 20 years. David loves what he does and has a passion for presenting God’s Word, Worship and Teaching in a way that changes lives. Currently David guides and directs over 400 volunteers, part-time and full-time staff in a mission to facilitate over 800 events a month among all of Gateway's 6 venues. Before coming to work at Gateway Church, David started volunteering in a local Church at the age of 11, but progressed to working high level events that included working with George H W Bush, Alan Lee Keyes, Walt Disney World, Universal Studies, ABC News, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and many other major artists. David has been married to his beautiful wife Nicole for 8 years and they love their adorable 7 year old son Justin.
Van Metschke

Van is the Technical Director for Magnolia Church, located in Riverside, California. He has also held leadership positions in the technical Departments at South Hills Church, in Corona, CA, Mariners Church in Irvine, CA and Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, CA. He is Co-host of the Church Tech Weekly podcast and host of the Church Tech Profiles podcast. Van’s blog can be found as a byline at ChurchTechArts.org and he is a frequent contributor for SundayMag.TV. With more than 25 years of audio and production experience, Van love’s the Church & the Techs that make it happen. He has a passion to see the next generation of Church leaders become their best. Van can be reached at [email protected]
Lee Fields

Lee is a Church swiss army knife. He loves helping and equipping the local Church. Whether that's leveraging his experience mixing Front-of-House for Lincoln Brewster, designing killer production environments, or through offering leadership consulting of creative arts teams. Lee has over 10 years of experience working with Churches to teach, train and solve problems to better engage audiences. Lee is known for his skills behind the audio console, his passion for coaching and equipping the Church, and
his abilities to dream up and execute ideas. Lee serves on the Worship Arts team at Bayside Church.
Brad McCraw

A 15-year veteran of the Live Production industry, Brad McCraw started his career in corporate production for 10 years before moving toward his passion and career in ministry. He currently serves as the Director of Live Production for CCV (Christ's Church of the Valley), a multi-site church in Phoenix, AZ, that has 6 campuses and welcomes over 25,000 attendees weekly. Brad serves in numerous areas at CCV within his role as the Director of Live Production, including service producer, new campus integration, overseeing direction/vision for campus Production Managers, stage/scenic designer, and is also part of the creative team that puts together CCV's weekend experiences. Brad has a heart for the local church and equipping Tech Leaders with the why and how to use live production to reach their city for Christ.
Micah Stevens

Micah Stevens is the Production Director for North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, GA and has been with North Point since 2003. He leads a team of uber-talented staff and volunteers to facilitate the technical elements of the Sunday experiences for North Point's six Atlanta-area campuses, North Point Online, and “Your Move with Andy Stanley.” In addition, he oversees the design and implementation of AVL construction and capital projects across the campuses.

Micah also consults with other churches and ministries to help develop solutions for multi-site video broadcast, web streaming technologies and other technical challenges. When he's not working, you can usually find him spending time with his family or smoking some BBQ.


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Tulsa, OK
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Cherry Hills Community Church
Denver, CO
Monday, September 21, 2015
9am to 4:30pm
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
9am to 4:30pm
Speakers At This Location:
Andrew Stone
David Leuschner
Dennis Choy
Brad McCraw
Bill Swaringim
Speakers At This Location:
Greg Bacus
Dennis Choy
Lee Fields
Justin Firesheets
Bill Swaringim
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