Last week I made my annual pilgrimage to the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville for the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention. Because The Boundless Show currently airs on a few hundred radio stations, this makes me a “religious broadcaster.” Legit.
Assembled at this convention were peeps involved in the Christian TV, web and talk/teaching radio biz — not to be confused with the Christian music radio biz. That convention is held each year at Walt Disney World. I go to that, too, and yes, you can hate me right now.
But this year’s NRB was super productive. I’m providing you a brief roundup here to assure you that my job consists of more than quoting my mom, pressuring Lecrae to feature me on an upcoming album, and snapping selfies with visiting Boundless fans (one of my fav parts of the job).
I flew into Nashville last Tuesday afternoon and hopped on a shuttle to the Opryland. It’s a rockin’ hotel that’s like a city in itself. It has a river running through it, people. You can take a boat ride on the river, people.
Upon my arrival, I noticed that the annual Meat Conference was also going on.
I changed into something presentable and ran off to a dinner that researcher and Twitter powerhouse Ed Stetzer invited me to. I met his colleague Jon Wilke, and we chatted about young adult trends, dating in 2016, and how Boundless and LifeWay Research (their company) might collaborate in the future. We also discussed the cut of steak we were eating (unrelated, but important).
The next morning I did breakfast with my former boss who’s now a big-time consultant and a mentor to me. Then it was off to station meetings where I pumped all things Boundless, looked at photos of people’s kids and grandkids (I had nothing to offer on this front), and drank way too much coffee. It was so cool to hear stories of how The Boundless Show is impacting communities and individuals through radio. What a privilege to listen in on the feedback.
That afternoon I led a session for radio leaders titled “5 Must-Haves for Talking to Millennials.” I hear that a few stations are planning to add the show as a result of that session. Woot!
At the end of the day, when I was (of course) exhausted, bedraggled and strung out on caffeine and sugar, I did a TV interview with Total Living Network about today’s dating landscape as outlined in The Dating Manifesto. The host has two single young adult daughters, so we did a little one-on-one counseling, too.
My final morning had me up super early to attend a meet and greet hosted by Ambassador Advertising, the folks who shop, manage and promote The Boundless Show (thanks to them for some of these photos). Rep, friend and Boundless fan Katie Burke (plus teammate and Boundless fan Selah Cosentino) had me chatting with folks for a solid two hours (including Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth — did you catch my recent interview with her?) before the event wrapped up with a hymn sing led by none other than Joni Eareckson Tada, featuring guests Keith and Kristyn Getty and Evie Tornquist Karlsson (hear about my Evie fandom here; she was kinda the Laura Story of the 1970s).
My time at NRB wrapped up with a meeting with CRU president Steve Douglass. I showed him the trailer for Boundless’ much anticipated documentary and curriculum titled The Dating Project, to be released (Lord willing!) sometime next year. Get excited, friends, cuz it’s gonna knock your socks off. He was mega-gracious and had some pretty awesome ideas for getting the project off the ground.
Anywho, it was a whirlwind trip with great takeaways. Thanks to those of you who prayed for my time there.
Now I’m back at the ranch doing my normal (not so normal?) job. Don’t forget to pop by for a visit this spring or summer if you’re in the area. I need to get away from my desk once in a while!