Church Media U Promises to Revolutionize the WAY we Do Church

First half of Church Media U has been spectacular. Looking forward to this afternoon.

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga.– We’ve reached the lunch break at the Church Media U seminar here in College Park, Ga.  And, I am so excited after just three hours of presentations, I can hardly contain myself.   There are so many recommendations and suggestions that we can put immediately to work.

In the first presentation this morning– key recommendations for the WAY we do church announcements.   What is the philosophy behind how we use technology to inform our members about upcoming activities and events.  Wow!  I have a page of notes just on that topic alone.

I started out this morning with 10 Questions to ponder.    I have answers to 8 of the ten questions, with the other two coming in the afternoon

1) How do I get BEYOND PowerPoint in sharing points in a sermon?

There are a host of other presentation programs that are designed for church.  We use MEdiaShout, but I learned about a half-dozen others out there, including PowerPoint.  We just saw a demo on ProPresenter

2) Does Media Ministry have to mean Major Investment?

Key lesson so far this morning– Media Ministry equipment are scalable.   We’ve already talked prices for projection systems and there are some that are less than $1,000 and for various sizes.

3) What can one do to recruit volunteers who are willing to make this all work?

Think about people’s talents– recruit the creatives (art, visual talents) and the highly-disciplined, strait-liced volunteers.  There are places for them in the media ministry.

4) What about the naysayers who say this media thing is all glitter and no substance?

Answer: Most children now are going to school in environments where MEDIA are a given.   They don’t know anything else but media.  But, the multi-media are NOT the MEAT, they are the ketchup on the side.  The MEAT is the message, which is the Word of God.

6) What is the most effective way to organize ministry volunteers to do media?

Answer: Have at least two people working the media ministry on a Sunday, one that is gifted in one area (i.e. visuals) and the other with more technical expertise.

7) How much money does it take to transform one’s worship experience?

Answer: It’s scalable– Quotes for software were given for SINGLE USER licenses and SITE license for multiple computers.  There are various displays available as well — LCD vs. DLP.

8) Is the mission of media ministry different in 2011 than it was 2001 or 1991?

Answer: The mission isn’t different, but the methods (the WAY WE do it) is changing.  We saw a three-way comparison (10 years ago vs. 5 years ago vs. NOW) today in how to present worship elements (songs, sermons, announcements) on the screen.

9) How do you use media without taking away from the presentation of the Gospel?

ANSWER: You DON’T take away from the Presentation of the Gospel.  Sometimes a BLANK screen is best. Don’t let the multi-media drive what you’re doing in worship.   The example used today was how during Holy Communion, it’s sometimes best to have NO images on the screen.

Still to be answered this afternoon:

10) How do social media play a role in what we do as the Body of Christ in 2011?

5) Should we be streaming our services and why?

Plus discussions about video shooting..

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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