Members of the NRB Advisory Councils and NRB Standing Committees gathered last week to plan for the next NRB International Christian Media Convention, Proclaim 17, which will be held February 27-March 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.
At the Orlando World Center Marriott, site of Proclaim 17, the 70+ Christian media and ministry leaders from across the nation – and some from other parts of the world – met for two days to provide action-oriented input on the Convention as well as the NRB Media Awards program, which annually recognizes outstanding facilities, ministries, programs, and producers.
In welcoming the meeting participants on the first night, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson provided updates from the association headquarters, including the latest on the move to Washington, D.C.
“We are moving to Capitol Hill at just the right time,” Dr. Johnson reported, noting that NRB has been in possession of the new space for the past two weeks and is currently preparing it for occupancy.
“There will be a presence there that we’ve not been able to have with everybody out in Manassas,” he added, referring to the location of the current headquarters. “It’s a very good time for us to be there [in Washington].”
After the update, Dr. Johnson set the tone for the next day’s meetings and for the weeks to come, sharing the themes and tentative schedule for the Convention.
Like last year, the Convention will once again be taking place during the work week, to allow for more pastors and church leaders to join. But instead of running from Tuesday to Friday, the next Convention will take place Monday to Thursday.
Furthermore, while the theme “Proclaim” will once again be used, the 2017 Convention will also tie in the Protestant Reformation.
“This is the 500-year anniversary of Luther nailing that thesis on the door – the church in Wittenberg,” Dr. Johnson noted, “and we feel like the Reformation theme could be a good theme for 2017. It fits with Proclaim.”
Also expected in 2017 will be the industry-specific summits that were rolled out this past year as well as some professional tracks. And returning as the Platinum Sponsor for the Convention is Museum of the Bible, which set up an impressive exhibit last year on the Expo floor, offering attendees a preview of the 430,000-square-foot museum slated to open in Washington, D.C., in November 2017.
After highlighting the success of Proclaim 16, Dr. Johnson recalled his charge to the committees last year to “find the best people in the world” to speak at the Convention.
“You know who the gurus are,” he noted. “We want you to try to get them, and do whatever it takes to get them.”
In noting how last year’s Convention attendance marked a seven-year high, Dr. Johnson expressed his excitement in holding Proclaim 17 in Orlando. Since 2008, Nashville, Tenn., has been the site of the annual Convention.
“With the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as a key theme, Proclaim 17 will be an invaluable resource for Christian communicators who stand with us in advancing biblical truth, promoting media excellence, and defending free speech,” remarked Dr. Johnson. “I’m especially excited about our new venue, the Orlando World Center Marriott. In addition to a stellar Convention for professional development and networking, Orlando is a destination with world-class attractions that Convention attendees may enjoy.”
After the welcome reception, members of the Advisory Councils and Standing Committees were given a tour of the Orlando World Center Marriott. The following day, they broke out into their respective areas – Church Media, Digital Media, Film, Intercollegiate (iNRB), International, Radio, and Television – and discussed various Convention program elements, including the networking events, schedule, speakers, and sponsors. They also made specific plans and assignments for the upcoming Convention and for the NRB Media Awards program.
“Christian communicators simply know what other Christian communicators need, so NRB’s peer-led summit planning process continues to produce exciting results – programs that supply impressive tools and training that advance the work,” remarked NRB Director of Membership Melissa Sturgis.
Dr. Johnson added, “The ideas, energy, and enthusiasm during our meetings in Orlando point to an exciting Proclaim 17.”
“I’m grateful for the participation of so many NRB members whose work will be valuable as we finalize plans for the Convention next year,” he concluded. “I hope Christian ministry and media professionals across the nation and around the world will start planning now to attend Proclaim 17, February 27-March 2, 2017.”
By NRB Staff
Published: May 26, 2016