Church Technology Guide - Worship Production

For 18 months I have been dreaming about and working on this project and so today I'm excited to finally announce that the Church Technology Guide is here!  For the past 5 years I have been asking church leaders what their greatest pain points are when it comes to technology and in the coming months I will be responding to those pain points with practical solutions.  

Here's the reality for most ministry leaders: technology feels complicated and confusing and often quite expensive.  The truth is, it doesn't have to be.  There are very affordable solutions to almost all technology needs as well as practical steps that can save you lots of time and money.  I have yet to meet a pastor that doesn't like to save time and money!

The Church Technology Guide is a series of courses that targets to resolve the technology tension for ministry leaders.  Each course has an Intro Video from a landmark in New York City, Critical Questions to Ask, a Training Manual, an Expert Interview, Done for You Resources, Immediate Action Items and more.  Let me be clear, this is not a course for techies, this is a course for Pastors who want to know the essentials so that technology can get out of the way and ministry can be the focus.  

Today I am excited to share that we are releasing the first course focused on Worship Production (Audio/Visual).  We share practical tips on equipment to buy and avoid, best practices in using the equipment and systems to effectively manage it all.  I believe you will find the content in this course is practical to churches of less than 100 and more than 10,000.  

I'm also excited to share with you that as a part of our release of this course we will be offering this first course for just $10 for the first week only.  After that the course will be going up to $25.  I hope you will consider making this investment for your church as I believe it could save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours.  

To learn more and purchase the course click here.   

Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference FREE Live Stream

Over the past 18 months I have had the privilege of serving Pete Scazzero and the great people at Emotionally Healthy Spirituality as a consultant.  Over this time I can without hesitation say that this ministry has grown and developed me more than I have grown and developed it.  To say that the core message of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is counter-cultural would be an understatement.  This ministry is transforming thousands of leaders around the world and I'm grateful to be one of them.

If you are not yet familiar with the ministry I highly encourage you to visit EmotionallyHealthy.org and get to know the ministry better.  In less than 2 weeks on April 22-23rd the ministry will be holding their annual Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference here in New York.  The conference will include great presenters above in Pete & Geri Scazzero along with Rich Villodas (pictured above).  Unfortunately, this conference has been sold out for weeks, but fortunately we will be making the conference available for FREE via Live Stream!  There's no catch, no strings attached, just a transformational conference for leaders of any kind.  

To learn more about this conference and to register for the Live Stream go to http://emotionallyhealthy.org/livestream.

Okay, I'm not done yet on my plea.  I often get similar free live stream invitations and because it's free I halfway watch it in the background.  Often times they don't stream the whole conference as well and it's just a couple sessions.  I want you to know that we are streaming ALL main session events and the breakout in the main auditorium during the conference.  This will be well worth your time and if you can clear your schedule and fully engage in the live stream, I can guarantee that it will be worth your time and you will be a better leader because of it.  That's a bold statement, but I say it with great confidence.  

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to reach out or comment below.  I hope to see you online for this incredible event!

Are You Periscoping... Yet?

Periscope

People are always asking me the question: "What's the next big thing?"

Normally, I don't have a definitive answer, but for the past 2 weeks the answer has been easy: PERISCOPE!  

What is Periscope you ask?  Well, it's a new live streaming social network released by Twitter.  It's pretty simple actually.  You simply login with your Twitter credentials and can watch hundreds of live streams sent out through iPhones or begin live streaming through your iPhone and hundreds of people could potentially watch.  Not only can they watch it though, they can interact with you through live commenting that will be displayed on your app while you stream.  

Make sense?  Of course not.  Most social networks don't and the best way to understand it is to use it.  Here's how you can get started in about 15 minutes.

  1. Download the Periscope app from the App Store (only available on iPhones and iPads right now)
  2. Watch 3-5 Live Streams and see how it works and what people are streaming and how others interact with them.
  3. Hit the camera button on the bottom, write "Test" on the Title area that says "What are you seeing now?" and hit Start Broadcast.
  4. Have fun and connect with people all over the world!

You're probably asking why should I Periscope?  The bottom line is that thousands if not millions of people are engaging on this app at any given time.  From a ministry perspective you have an opportunity to engage people in conversations instantly from anywhere at any time.  You don't have to send an invite and hope people show up.  You don't have to setup a bunch of equipment or do anything very technical either.  You just have to push a button and Periscope will send people directly to you.  Not just a couple people, but literally hundreds of people.  Instantly!

Now you're probably asking: what should I video that people would be interested in?  To be honest people are live streaming pretty uninteresting things and getting large audiences.  From a ministry perspective though, my encouragement is to have conversations.  Start a topic and be available to answer people's questions.  Try some of these Titles and see what happens:

  • Debriefing Easter 
  • Talking about Jesus
  • My Take on Jesus
  • Why I Read the Bible
  • My Favorite Verse

I think you will get great engagement right away with these titles, but feel free to not be super spiritual as well and just show a little bit about life.  You can try some of these titles as well:

  • My office setup
  • My favorite view
  • Talking Baseball

Just like any other social network, get started and be social.  Have fun and let me know what you think!  The platform is so new and will change fast.  Get ready and enjoy the ride!

Before I end this post I do want to share a few warnings/opinions:

  • Haters - there are lots of haters and porn seekers on the site.  They are annoying.  They need Jesus.  Understand that they are there, but if you can press through there is a great ministry opportunity.
  • Porn - there are porn producers using this platform like every other platform on the internet.  Honestly, I think they will kill it if Persiscope can't get a handle on it.  Let this be a warning and I encourage you to keep solid accountability in all of your internet use.  
  • Fad - I believe Periscope is a fad.  I think it will come and go pretty quickly.  The reality is that it is here now with a great opportunity.  The opportunity will fade and if you don't get it now I think you will miss the fad.  This is just an opinion though and I could be wrong.  

3 Questions with Dr. Steve Grcevich

Over the past 2 years or so I have had the privilege of serving Key Ministry as a Consultant.  In the process I have grown very close with the founder and visionary leader of the ministry, Dr. Steve Grcevich.  He's a tremendous leader, visionary and most of all a great friend.  It's been an honor to serve the ministry and get to know Steve better over this time.  Here are three questions that I recently asked Steve:

 

1.  What led to the creation of Key Ministry from the beginning and how have you seen the ministry develop over the years?

I was serving on our local church’s Board in 1997 when Libby Peterson (at that time, the children’s ministry director, now Key Ministry’s Vice President) came to a Board meeting to report on the efforts the church was engaged in to serve a cohort of highly committed families who adopted children from orphanages in Russia and Bulgaria after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Many of the families experienced challenges maintaining their involvement at church because of the emotional or behavioral challenges their children demonstrated when they attempted to bring them to church, or experienced difficulties finding qualified child care to sustain participation in small groups or other church activities.

Elevate Summit interview with David Cooper

In this interview I talk with my friend David Cooper of Invictus Global.  We discuss our partnership with the California Southern Baptist Convention with the Elevate Summit events.  David also shares some invaluable information with church leaders about leadership, culture & vision.