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From pieces to picture: I’m no longer the “new kid”

To offer some perspective of how we’re getting to 2010, I wanted to take a quick glance back at the 2009 NWLC, when I first joined Worship Leader.

(well okay, not literally, but you get the idea)

You know the pathetic “new kid” that transfers mid-school year, and doesn’t have a clue what’s going on in class with no spot to sit at during lunch? Chances are he will mess-up and fail before he does something right, and will forever be referred to as “ the new kid” until another, newer kid, comes along? Well, that was me last summer when I first joined WL for the NWLC 2009. Lucky for me, the WL staff is way nicer than clicky middle-schoolers. But I still had no idea what I was getting myself into or what to expect from a NWLC.

Attending a NWLC evokes descriptions such as “encouraged,” “totally revitalized and energized,” “challenged,” and “refreshed.” But planning and hosting a conference is a whole other experience.

I was supposed to help plan and promote an event that I had never been to, nor even heard of. The hardest part was convincing the office that I did know what was going on. But I can honestly tell you that no words can fully describe witnessing something you’ve worked so hard on spring from Word docs, Excel sheets, and emails, into life.

It’s something like holding all the tiny pieces to a jigsaw puzzle in your arms, but not having any idea of what picture they are supposed to form. I knew every nook and curve of every piece, but the picture I referenced as the end goal was hazy and blurry. So watching, hour by hour, that picture turn clear and crisp over the course of the conference, was like finally being able to see. The blurs of color finally developed shape and texture, giving meaning and significance to every piece. It was then that I realized that every piece mattered, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Even the small, tiny piece that I contributed mattered. And so does yours.

The picture may still be a little blurry this year, but with adequate teamwork, a lot of dedication, a touch of grace, and a series of fervor and prayer, it’s guaranteed to come together to create another beautiful picture.


February 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Just 3 easy steps and you could win the Grand Prize for a free trip to NWLC10!

The fun part has finally arrived! I get to give just ONE grand prize to a lucky winner who will receive:

  • 2 free registrations for NWLC10 to Leawood, KS
  • 2 round-trip coach tickets (max. $450 value each)
  • 1 free double room (max. 5 nights) at Hyatt Place

Now that you’re interested, you’re probably thinking, “Okay, I get it. This sounds great. But how do I win?! I want to win!” Okay, sheesh, I’m getting to that. Just calm down.

Here’s what you have to do in order to get your name placed into the random drawing.

Just follow these three easy steps:

  1. Visit my blog! But considering you’re already here, you’re well on your way to winning that grand prize!
  2. Post about the conference. You can do this on your Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, or other social media. See below for details.
  3. Email me the link or screen shot of your post at with your name, number, and email. Make sure you’re security settings allow me to view the post ( as it often prohibits on Facebook). To avoid this, a screenshot attachment works best.

You are free to post as many times as you like, but once a week make sure you email the link or screenshot to me. Each time you do, your name will be entered in the drawing. (You are allowed only one entry per week, with a max. of 10 entries.)

If you’re already registered, we’ll refund your rates. So don’t wait and miss the discount deadlines!

What you can post:

If you post on Twitter, you must use the hashtag #NWLC10 and include in the tweet.

If you post anywhere else, just make sure to include this link that leads to the NWLC website:

If you want, link back to this blog post as well to give others the chance for this amazing opportunity!

Have fun with this, but make sure you post something that will help bring attention to the conference! We want to get as many people involved and interested about this wonderful conference that we’re so excited about!

And the winner is….

The winner will be announced Cinco de Mayo (May 5). Sounds like the perfect time to celebrate your win with a fiesta!

So let’s get started to see who will be our Grand Prize Winner! The Grand Prize Contest is officially launched! Woohoo! Happy posting everybody 🙂


January 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm 25 comments

I still don’t know what the acronym NAMM stands for, but I do know Bono was there

Friends: How was work?

Me: Good! I was at NAMM.

Friends: …

Me: Bono was there.

Friends: Oh wow! Did you meet him?!

Before you get the answer to that, I should explain why I was at NAMM for Worship Leader last week. If you’re ignorant like me when it comes to the music world, you have no idea what NAMM is. I didn’t either until last Friday when I went to help work the Worship Leader booth at the international event, which helps unify the global music products industry. So, after going to NAMM, I don’t know how I didn’t know what it was before. It’s huge. I got lost, and then lost my breath, trying to find my way around.

Now, I’ll be honest, I didn’t actually meet Bono. Or see him, smell him, hear him, or any other encounter you would hope for with Bono. But I did witness the first ever H.O.T. Zone. This was a “hands on training” section of the conference that offered classes for practical application, which many worship leaders, songwriters, and ministry leaders attended. Worship Leader hosted some classes of its own, one of which attracted over 100 people, featuring Tommy Walker with “How to utilize two acoustic guitars.” Of course, he played a demo. Take a look!

P.S. NAMM stands for National Association of Music Merchants. But don’t let that deceive you—the association is now international, despite the absence of an “I” in the acronym.

January 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm 1 comment

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