Reflections on the Austin Training Conference

For a lot of the staff here at WORDsearch, myself included, the days we circle on the calendar and really look forward to are the ones in which we get to host a training conference.  Over the past couple years, the majority of our conferences have been held at the beautiful LifeWay facilities in downtown Nashville.  However, last week, we enjoyed holding one here in the northwest side of Austin.

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 Around 60 people joined us for the three-day event, and the four different trainers definitely kept everyone busy and filled with a bunch of new knowledge.  While one of the purposes of the conference is to learn more about how to study God’s Word better through our software, the reason I personally look forward to these conferences so much is due to the fellowship.

On a daily basis here at the WORDsearch office, I get to interact with our customers through phone calls and e-mails.  But it’s always so inspiring to meet our incredible users face-to-face and hearing about the ministry that they serve.  Like any company does, we also occasionally have struggles and difficult times.  For us, that statement rings true for the months of June and July as we went through some growing pains with technology.  But to finish out the month of July with this conference, my faith in our mission here at WORDsearch has never been stronger.   Our mission is to “serve those who preach and teach to change lives.”  To meet the users of our software in person and to hear about what they are doing to change lives is incredibly inspiring.

I’m so blessed to just be in the presence of the fine men and women who attend our conferences, and I get so excited to think about each of them as they take the tools that were learned at the conference and apply them to work towards the expansion of God’s Kingdom.  I pray often for our customers, because I appreciate that they are following God’s calling so faithfully and admirably.

One final note on this past week’s conference.  To me, one of the most special times of the conference is the concluding prayer of each day.  Joining in a giant circle and having people from all over the world praying for each other is something that’s very special and heart-warming.

If you ever get the chance to attend one of our future conferences, I highly recommend it.  I say this with extreme confidence – – you will leave the event feeling strong in your abilities to use our program at its optimal ability, but you will also leave feeling uplifted by your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Looking ahead, we will be in the Dallas area (Plano, TX) on August 27-28,  and also in Nashville on October 1-3.

To everyone who was at the Austin conference, as well as to everyone who reads this… God bless each and every one of you.  My goal here at WORDsearch is that one customer at a time, I will do my part to help provide you the tools to learn more about how Jesus died for us and how everlasting life awaits us beyond these earthly times.  To be a part of this is extremely special, so thank you to everyone who work so hard to fulfill God’s plan for your life.  You are all heroes in my book.

To see pictures from this event, please go to this link.

Austin Bush – WORDsearch Bible – Sales & Support Manager

Comments

  1. James E. Dupree says:

    The greatest thing you can do next is tape these classes for the benefit of those that can’t travel or use desktops but not laptops. My eyes aren’t so good anymore but the 27″ iMac works well just hard to move around. Wonderful product!

    • kcornett says:

      Thanks for the kind words, James! That is a great suggestion, I will let our training team know about taping the classes and see what they say!

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