Declare War on Your Church: Planning Upgrades with an Open Mind

The sort of passion and free-thinking determination that resulted in maintaining a webcast in-house were contributing factors to why our church has experienced significant growth in recent years.

Declare War on Your Church: Planning Upgrades with an Open Mind
A video camera is captures video during a worship service for a webcast at Crossroads Community Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts recently.
Credit: Thomas Neforas, Crossroads Community Church

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Ultimately, we would go for six weeks, and hold about 60 services in that time. For our small team of volunteers, we were simultaneously amazed at how God was moving in our church and exhausted by the challenge of staffing both sound and projection. We were pulling new people out of the seats to help, in what turned out to be an unprecedented recruitment season.

As the fourth week approached, the original evangelist had another set of previously scheduled meetings he had to attend to. Rather than ending things, it was decided another evangelist would come and replace him, to keep the meetings rolling.

When he left, though, so did the webcast team, and the new visiting ministry did not have a team to replace them.

Immediately seizing upon the value lost with this change in technology, my pastor decided we would order the equipment and software, having it express shipped that weekend, after which we began our own webcast program.

I was caught a little off guard. We had a camera, but we needed to get everything else.

Since I wasn’t yet then on full-time staff, my pastor did everything himself. I walked in and found the new equipment which we would be using, ready for the next service that was about to start. I was told what was done and what was needed, and we never really looked back.

This sort of passion and free-thinking determination are driving forces behind why our church has doubled in size every three years. But as the media director, it makes planning ahead a bit of a challenge.

So what lessons can be learned?

Is Your Vision Evolution or Revolution?

Since that series of services, my pastor, members of my team, and I have spent many hours just casting a vision for what our church can be, and how it will look. We’ve talked in great detail about all the different aspects of our audio system: stage lighting, house lighting, projection, and video systems. We’ve also talked a lot about systems we don’t have, like a multicam webcast, environmental projection, and video walls.

Some of the discussions focus on our ideas for little changes. For example, if we upgrade the drum mics to get a better drum sound, it’s a small evolution of the audio system we already have in mind. Likewise, replacing the audio mixer is a big change, but oftentimes, it’s still just a step forward. There is a big difference between evolutionary changes and revolutionary thinking.


More About Adrian Gates
Adrian Gates is the Media Director for Crossroads Community Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In his 16 years as a media professional, Adrian has served many different roles, including music producer, web master, videographer, consultant, social media “expert,” sound guy, lighting guy, stage hand, and roadie. His clients have included some of the largest tech companies in the world, New England churches looking to modernize, and dedicated weekend warriors. Adrian is a graduate of the New England Institute of Art and Communications.
Get in Touch: mediaservices@crossroadsconnects.com    More by Adrian Gates

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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