There’s one thing for certain in church technology. The electronic equipment that helps us share the Good News will need to be repaired, replaced, or upgraded at some point. While it is easy to set tech goals for some of the bigger projects, it is equally important to plan for smaller maintenance tasks.
Technology serves an important role in just about every church, especially when it comes to audio, video, and lighting (AVL) systems. The increasing complexity of these systems requires special expertise in installation, programming, and service that is best provided by a quality church AV contractor.
Now that COVID-19 has dramatically limited in-person meetings for some churches and eliminated them altogether for others, live streaming has become the norm, even in more traditional denominations. Worship software, which used to display merely lyrics and scripture to people attending in-person on a screen, is now the backbone of the online or video church service.
With the rise of multi-campus churches, the question of live or video sermons has been a question at the forefront of this movement. Some churches have multiple pastors preaching at different campuses. Some churches have one pastor that travels to each campus to preach.
I am not a naturally gifted speaker. I have worked really hard to improve as a communicator. One of the areas I had struggled in for a long time was speaking directly to a camera.
If you have spent many years speaking to a live audience, then speaking straight to a camera in an empty room is quite different. When the congregation laughs at a joke or is audibly engaged in the message, it builds my confidence as a communicator. It also gives me momentum as the sermon progresses. This all goes away when preaching directly at a camera.
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