2018 Workshop Call for Ideas and Presenters

Hey Folks! Planning for the Fall conference is cranking along! Remember, this event is FOR YOU. Please let us know what training/panels YOU want to see this fall. In other words, please don’t make us have to guess what you want :slight_smile:
If there’s a topic you might be interested in teaching, we have a separate form for you to submit your workshop idea(s) here: http://churchitnetwork.com/page/545?RegistrationInstanceId=3

Again, we REALLY WANT your feedback and input on this. As a reference here’s some of what’s been offered in the recent past …

Fall 2016:
Protecting your Ports with Portnox
Wi-Fi Q&A Panel
SQL Server Administration
Office 365 Nuts and Bolts
Mobile Trends Shaping Church Technology
7 Trends in Tech that will Impact Engagement in Your Church
Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning with Hyper-V
One Man IT Shop
Veeam Backups
All Things Mac Panel
Windows Server 2016 Overview
Doing more with less
My Well Ministry - Saving Churches $Millions$
Shell we be Friends - Automating the mundane
The Future of Live Mobile Church Broadcasting
Glass Churches: Cybersecurity at your Church?
JAMF Admin Exchange
How to Get Documentation For Staff to Work!
Unified Messaging and VoIP Panel
Who are these people? Guest Analytics and On Premise Digital Engagement
Living As One - Video Delivery over IP
You’re replacing my macbook with… WHAT??? - A journey to Chromebooks
The Three Stages of Video Streaming for Churches

Fall 2017
How to lead in your marriage while working in ministry
jamf Forum
PowerShell 101 (Why you need it and how to get started)
The integration of Facilities and IT
Why AV Teams Want Networked Infrastructure
How to train your Unicorn
SEO Your Church
PowerShell 102 (Making PowerShell work for you)
Microsoft UC Experience - Skype Online Cloud PBX
MS SQL Server Performance Tips and Tricks
Application Whitelisting Cookbook: Hold the Malware!
Reaching a church without walls
Convincing your Pastor to use social media
Getting things done
How to help your staff avoid Cyber Security hacks and Ransomware
Automation To Make Your Life Easier
Wi-Fi engagement/Guest Analytics
Tying it All Together
Javascript Wizardry
Exchange to Office 365 ( how to get there with the least amount of pain )
Optimizing church wifi
IT Security in 2018
All things Mac - panel
Lessons learned in Outsourcing Development Projects
Office 365 - More than just free email hosting
Delivering Video to Multisites with Living As One
Wifi Panel
Empowering your staff with forms
Navigating the World of Donated and Discounted Technology – TechSoup and Beyond

We’ll also be doing Ten-Talks again, but you’ll find that in another thread …

If you’d rather not comment publicly you can shoot an email to info at churchitnetwork.com

Thanks! Looking forward to an amazing event this fall!

Hi Church IT Friends!

I did a presentation on our transition to chromebooks at the 2016 Roundtable and I was considering doing another similar one. Would love to hear if there would be any interest and if so what specifically would you like to hear about.

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Talks I’d be interested in hearing:
Apple Device Enrollment Program and Volume Purchase Program
Room/Event Reservation Management
Getting users to submit tickets
IT for outside events (ticketing, wifi)
LifeCycle Management
KVM/Power Management
Resource list of apps/websites for Church IT Teams of every tier
SONOS - Sound Technology for audio throughout. Best ways to w Using cloud
Providing building audio over wifi with a streaming service
Migrating from paper documents to electronic records
Secure document management (Contracts)
What GDPR means for churches
Production Networking Infrastructure and Protocols

Giving Apps
Service Desk Solutions

Renewed Vision - ProPresenter

Love to see an overview of Office 365’s lesser known apps. What they are and what they do. Travis did this last year but did not get through that many so basically a continuation.


I would be interested in:

Transitioning to Office 365
Attendance counting and tracking member movement using Wi-Fi engagement
Learning Management System for staff and volunteer tracking
Ideas on how best to use Roku and other devices to engage people

I am fairly new to my position and would like to know if there is any information(handouts, notes…) that I can get that were available at previous meetings.

Are any of the previous talks available in a recorded format? Or some hard copy materials to read?

Will any of the talks be available streamed or recorded this year?

I am unable to travel and attend things like this due to a disability but would love to see the talks if possible.


I would be interested in a round table discussion on preventing spam from hitting users inboxes.
We are on Office 365 and tried to turn on SPF, the problem is most organizations don’t use it and we had turn it back off because some emails were being deleted as spam.
I also tried a rule which auto-deleted any email sent as our domain externally, but MP emails would not deliver nor would mass emails sent from our MailChimp account.
We get at least 5 to 10 emails a week that are “Fake Office 365 Account” related emails trying to entice users to click to “Confirm Account Now”, or something similar.

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We’re an O365 org and have strict rules around using gsuite. That said, I still see some potential with Chromebooks if I can figure out how to apply them in that context. I’d love to hear about the transition as it might give me some ideas.

I’d love to see anyone’s uses for Power BI. I’m working this weekend on creating a 10 talk video to submit, but would also appreciate it if there were a breakout session on it. Incredibly useful tool.

Update: We just purchased Advanced Threat Protection in our Non-Profit portal for .60cents extra per user. I haven’t tweaked any settings yet, but this looks promising to help with preventing phishing emails from hitting our inboxes.

I’d like to see a workshop on migrating from a tradition file server to SharePoint online.

Also like @CraigMashburn said, Office 365 lesser known apps trainging.


What are your rules about gsutie? I’d love to have a good way to communicate it’s use to our folks. I have my “personal” thoughts on Google but…

We did the file sever to O365 migration a while back and would have loved some info ahead besides Microsoft’s stuff.

We did this a while back. It’s really helpful to have some good forethought and training on SharePoint is a must.

I don’t mind Google at all for my personal use. Fairly agnostic on that end. The big idea is that O365 is our chosen organizational tool and using something outside of that adds an associated risk that everyong should at least be aware of. (Like if your youth ministry were to lose all their files because an employee exits while they’re stored on her google drive…hypothetically.) If we had opted to use G-Suite we’d be as stringent the other way. Our policy is basically, never use it for org files without getting approval first. Even then the answer can be a no unless there’s something truly insurmountable in terms of function. We have made exceptions at times. I’ve definitely have had to spend a lot of energy helping people understand why it’s important. I can at least get you a copy of our policy doc that explains it. Once most people read it, they seem to understand it and never ask again unless there’s a really good need.