Unless you have a crazy amount of free time or are independently wealthy, you likely don’t have much more free time than it takes to upload sermon videos/audio files to the church website, providing you remember how to do it. You might even have time to add in the right title, description and maybe do some quick SEO work to help people find the sermons online. Many CMS platforms (content management systems) are just not very video friendly and with more and more churches offering their services online, volunteers and tech staff need an easy to use, easy to understand system that takes the guesswork out of the process. Of course, file management and the curating of the online media library is another “to-do” item that continually gets put on the back burner until someone has enough free time to spend the tens of hours it takes to organize it and make sense of it all, if it ever happens at all. And it’s increasingly important to make your media easy to find and easy to navigate for your website visitors.
We have been asked a couple of different times by ministries that their churches want to start a podcast and were wondering what they should use. Honestly, this process does not have to be difficult, but we give you a couple of our thoughts. Also, watch through to the end of the video when we share how to have a great conversation with three or more people on your podcast.
Here’s the problem: You need to get audio and video from the sanctuary to an overflow room, a mother’s room, to the kitchen for the crew preparing potluck, to the foyer, and maybe a couple other locations. How do you do it?
Some of you may know about Ethernet baluns; for those that do not, the simplest explanation is they are devices that send audio and/or video signals over Ethernet cable to a remote destination and then provide the original connection type (DVI, VGA, HDMI, etc) to make the “last mile” connection to the end device. These have their utility, to be sure, but Ethernet can be troublesome to terminate and can kink very easily while running through walls and ceilings and these kinks can lead to breaks in the line, necessitating re-running that entire line. However, these balun systems tend to be quite inexpensive, depending on what signal you need to send and how far you need to send it.
We have a series going where we pull out some great quotes from past blog articles into great quoted images to share across several social media networks. This last month was full of great content that honestly I had to cut good ones to make way for the great ones. Take these and use these as you will.
Recently I’ve been tinkering with ways to get information in to my brain, then back out onto social media. I’ve been using an awesome method and I wanted to share it with you techies and pastors who like to devour articles and share statuses. I wish I had a name for it. Hmmm. Continue reading…
The Television Studio (TVS) has been out in the marketplace now for a couple years and I thought it would be good to offer an honest and straightforward review of this piece of equipment it some real-world experiences mixed in.
Churches have been flocking to this unit because it’s inexpensive and offers some significant features for the price point. It has significantly lowered the cost of entry into live video production for recording, image magnification, and live streaming. Being able to accommodate up to 6 sources, it has some impressive features for its size.
Doing ministry at the guidance of the Holy Spirit and direction of Scripture with the power of Christ is honestly not that difficult. Ensuring the safety of the children at church, managing volunteers, communicating with leaders and parents, setting up schedules and so many other things? Now we have made it complex. Jesse and I talk about our own unique experiences of Church Community Builder and why it works for big churches down to church plants. From there, we dive into How Do Smaller and Larger Churches Communicate [Infographic] and look at what it means to have effective internal and external communications in a variety of church settings and sizes. Finally, we get to talk with Steve Caton of CCB about their heart as a ministry as they serve the Church.