Category Archives: Church

I havn’t posted in soooo long!

It’s been quite a while, but here is a recap:

* I have now relenquished sound and lighting to the awesome Brad Sage at Generation Church
* Brad is a gun sound engineer, so he will take it forward much better than I ever could
* I am up to my armpits in cool proposals that will lift the atmosphere on Sundays!
* I recently revieved a huge revelation from God about “hope” and how the “buzz factor” generates atmosphere on Sundays at Generation Church!
* So many amazing things happening at Generation Church. The Gold Coast will never be the same!

Tech Pastor

Not that I’m big on titles or positions, but Ps Andrew and Vanessa have appointed me Tech Pastor @ Generation Church! So I’ll be starting fulltime in two weeks! I’m so excited to be on fulltime at church and so soon. If you had told me that I would be in fulltime ministry a year ago I would have laughed… and then said oh wow, that’s amazing.

Also of note, it has been one year since I signed up with Generation Church. It’s been the biggest ride of my life!

Content Filtering – stopping harmful websites

I’ve been researching Content Filtering technologies for our church network.

Basically content filtering monitors any incoming webpages and filters them according to their content. It filters porn and any other content that may be inappropriate for minors and team members here at church.

ContentKeeper Technologies: Internet Content Filtering Solutions

Content Keeper looks like a pretty good solution. It’s pretty cost effective – about $50 per year for each computer on the network.

TiVo and Church

I have a theory,

Ever since the inception of TV, television has had a big impact on Church attendance. TV is an essentially static medium as far as time goes, essentially, you are bound to watching a program when it airs, rather than picking and chosing when to watch a show based on your schedule. I really do think that the inflexibility of TV from a time perspective has kept people away from church when they need to be there the most.

How many people miss church to Australian Idol on a Sunday night?

It’s only been the emergence of bittorent and other “disruptive technologies” that has allowed people to:

  • Pick and choose the content they want to see
  • Decide when they want to see it (time-shifting)
  • Decide where they want to view it (space-shifting)

Up till now, if you wanted to watch a TV program you have one of two options. Either watch it when it airs in your living room, or whereever a TV happens to be present, or record it to a static medium such as video tape or recordable DVD.

From a usability prespective, TV is perfect, you switch it on, alter the volume and change channels.

From a time perspective, TV is less than perfect, the programming executive at the TV station picks and chooses when you watch a specific piece of content.

Time-shifting – the ability to view a piece of content whenever you want to will change the way people interact with content in the future. Essentially, the content is downloaded when it becomes available and later viewed at the discretion of the user.

Space-shifting – the ability to move a particular piece of content between devices so that the content can be viewed in a number of different settings at the convenience of the user. This will become more and more prevalent as mobile media playback devices become more prevalent. Traditionally, this has involved copying to CD, tape or DVD, but has been expanded to include digital music/video players, mobile devices and set-top boxes.

TiVo was the first mass market consumer device to allow people to time-shift content easily and simply. All you have to do is bring up the show guide and select the programs that you want to save to the TiVo’s large hard disk drive for later viewing. It’s a great concept and it works. You can even erase last weeks ephisode with the new ephisode to conserve disk space. It’s easy, non-messy and doesn’t involve programming VCR’s and dealing with video tapes.

More to come soon!

Live Recording

Well, we have finally got our church services recorded straight to computer. This is a great development as I can now hand Ps Ian a CD of Andrew or Vanessa’s message straight after the service. We can then fullfil orders very quickly by copying that master CD to other CD’s during the week, ready for pickup the following week.

Hillsong Weblogs

Hey if there are any fellow Hillsong weblog writers, let me and susan know about it and we will let you know when we are going to meet. Probably an informal get together somewhere in Sydney! Its a real opportunity to get together with like minded people who use technology to advance the Kingdom of God.

Cells @ City

The last week has been an awesome week for me in terms of involvement with the Cells department at church. I have been thinking really hard about how to get new cell leaders established more quickly and people joining their groups.

I think that getting cell leaders into our welcome lounge and maning the cells desk after church services is a great way to get them out meeting new people and inviting them to cell.

I’m hoping that over the next few weeks we can put together a strategy that not only trains the cell leader, but also enables them to proactively grow and multiply their cell group.

Also, we now have a new cells co-ordinator who is based in the city on the weekends. Natalie Korkor will be working out at Hills and attending the City worship centre. It will be great because she can be across both worship centres which has some great advantages! She is going to do an awesome job!

Anyway, I’m really encouraged how everything is going. We now have an awesome weekend cells team that is growing fast. Everyone has such a great attitude and desire to serve in whatever way possible.