Unleashing the Big Room

Youth Specialties
October 2nd, 2010

How do you spell relief? B-I-G-R-O-O-M.

At least that's how I spelled it yesterday.

Yesterday was marked by a pre-homecoming football game level of excitement and nervousness by our team. I woke up early and all I could think about was hundreds of youth workers arriving.

Would they find the convention center OK? Would the registration area run smoothly? Would the store's aging POS system hold up to the Madness Sale? Would people be able to navigate the resorts property? When the morning ran smoothly and the convention center filled with smiles, hugs, and the awesomeness of the Affirmation Team, all of my thoughts turned to the Big Room.

I think the first time we talked about Big Room was in January or February. We had a group of youth workers into the office to talk through 2009 and dream about 2010 a little. Out of that very first meeting came the concept for our theme. We loved it. The more we dug into the theme the more it resonated with what we were sensing God doing for the weekend. It was profound simplicity. Perfect for us!

Then a few months later we started conceptualizing how we'd integrate the theme into the set design. Out of those sessions came something hyper-complex that nobody tried before. (At least no one we knew) Previous to this week we had just seen models and knew that it worked theoretically. Theoretically. Translate that running an event and that means “scary.” Fortunately for us, our production team is brilliant and the stage area turned out brilliant.

As the band started to play and the room came to life our teams heart filled with joy. I started crying as Starfield played. I don't know how to describe the feelings that overcame me. Thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this great event. Thankful that everything is in place and that people are having a great time. Thankful that things we dreamed up and thought about really are impactful to people who come to convention.

In that moment of tearful joy a co-worker walked by and said, “How are you feeling?” The only way I can describe the first big room kicking off was like seeing a baby born. It was magical and scary and a relief and the beginning of a lot of work all at the same time.

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