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.
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Be Prepared with a Battle Plan, But Flexible to Change

Now that you’ve got a sound system scoped out, your first instinct might be to do that. But just because you have a plan doesn’t make it God’s plan.

Such was the case with those weeks of services I described. We had a five-year plan and those evangelists visited in the middle of year four. I had elaborate plans for how we were going to spend our next scheduled funding release, but when it was decided we needed a webcast ASAP, all those previously drafted plans were put on pause. Furthermore, a whole new plan was improvised without all the research and vetting that most of us like to do, to feel secure about a prospective upgrade. But again, just because I felt good about my plan, did not make it God’s plan.

Do I go to war with the battle plan I have or the plan I actually need? What was on paper did not match with where the Spirit led.

The webcast wound up being immediately popular and an extremely useful tool to spread the gospel and build our church. We made adjustments to our long-term plans to revise our lighting and video systems, things that had not been on that five-year plan going forward.

It would have been easy to be frustrated. I can practically hear some of you grinding your teeth imagining this happening at your church. But the bible tells us, “A bruised reed He will not break.” If I had refused to figure out how to make the best of it, my church would have missed out on a tremendous move of God in our community.

Plans are great to have, but you shouldn’t buy your plans a wedding ring. It is not “‘Til death or finance committee do you part.”

In fact, this situation was the catalyst for my “Easter Island” mindset that I described previously. If my pastor wants something ASAP, I have a plan in my desk that could be in front of the church’s board by the end of the day. I have plans for every system we have, and some we don’t even have yet.

So I urge you, be prepared for whatever happens next … or at least, be flexible enough to still run toward the fight.




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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