there is a certain muscle on my backside that is not relaxing. our largest youth workers convention ever was last year in atlanta — just under 6400. that was a wild ride, and we figured it would never happen again: so we blissfully planned for 5000 in nashville this year. early on in the reg process, the numbers were extrapolating out to 7400 — and we all laughed at that, and said it was a fluke; an error in the extrapolation or something.
when we crossed 7000 on monday morning (the reg deadline was friday), we realized the 7400 projection was likely — with three weeks of trickle-in registrations. but we crossed 7350 yesterday at the end of the day. so we’ve set a cap at 7500, which we’ll likely reach this week.
i’m blown away that we had room for 7500 and are still going to have to turn people away. i just kills me to turn people away. i know that some of the last to register are those who were just able to scrape together the money. we’re fine for space in the general sessions, as they’ll be in the gaylord arena this year. but we don’t want people to have a terrible experience trying to get into seminars. and even with addtional seminar spaces added in two churches a block away, and a hotel a few blocks away, we’re at max.
i barely know how to explain this phenomenon. but i know i can’t WAIT to worship with 7500 other youth workers!