well, the convention is over. it’s always sad to walk through the convention center and hotel lobby and have it empty again. that’s a fun vibe on the front end of the event, because there’s a sense of anticipation for everyone to arrive. but now it just feels lonely.
anyhow — i felt we had a wonderful week. more than a few great challenges, a few surprises (that were, at the very least, disequilibrating and off-centering enough for the holy spirit to mess with people), fantastic fellowship and community. i saw a hundred or more youth ministry friends from around the nation, and met a couple hundred more.
my general session talk this morning had some major tech glitches. two of the three videos i had in the talk didn’t play correctly (no audio), and it really threw me off. i could tell it through the guy doing media off also, because he was then slow on some of the still image cues, which threw me off more. other than the obvious weirdness of having videos play without audio (and that sense that you’re missing something), i’m hoping it didn’t do much to distract people (it was hard for me to feel ‘in the groove’ after that). i really believed in the stuff i had to say, and felt like it was a god-thing with some prophetic truth in it; so my deep hope and prayer is that the media glitches didn’t distract from that. sure, god is not limited by tech glitches!
my wife flew home today, but our staff has clean up stuff to do, then a celebration dinner tonite. for most of our staff, this is the end of our convention season. not yet for me, as we have our canadian event in vancouver in less than two weeks. we’re partnering with another org on that one (canadafire), who are doing much of the onsite leg-work (so most of our event staff aren’t coming).
i’m really having fun reading the blogs of people who were here. great stuff!