Technology is in rapid flux in the church world, just like everywhere else. LED lights have quickly become the standard, wireless microphone frequencies are being gobbled up for other uses, and the internet forms much of the core of modern society. For better or worse, that is true in church production, as well.
Virtually all audio, lighting and video systems are digital, and the ever-increasing majority of systems utilize network connections to pass along info. That means that your IT systems at church are for much more than e-mail – they now for the corer of your ability to put on your weekend services. As such, you need to make sure that you protect vital internet assets from being overwhelmed – either by having separate systems for production, or by making sure that there is more that enough bandwidth to go around. Light lighting and heat, IT assets have become part of the cost of “doing business” – we have very important business to do, so make sure you have what you need to get ‘er done!
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I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a son, a pastor, a consultant, a musician, a writer, and bits and pieces of a bunch of other things. My work life has followed three main phases - business to teaching to church. I was the Weekend Services Pastor for nine years at Northview Church, an awesome church in the Indianapolis suburbs. I used to work for Willow Creek, another awesome church in the Chicago area. Plus I've written for various magazines and websites, and other freelancy sorts of things... My life mission is to help the church be as excellent as it can be.
Oh yeah - the name's Greg. Greg Wallace. But not the race car driver or the major league pitcher or the British celebrity chef. Just the creative worship guy. Hi.
It's my hope that these ideas, musings, rants, raves, etc... will inspire you. They're just my opinions - but again, I hope that they'll help to inspire you. Because the church really, really needs inspired creative types. If you're a creative type (and most people are, deep-down), ask God for help. Then take any ideas that are useful to you - borrow them, nab them, use them, adapt them - and make them into something greater...
You can head over to my Instagram site for an abundance of shorter posts: creativeworshipideas. If you're looking for consulting - especially on weekend services, team leadership or multi-site strategies - I'd love to help. Just message me here, and I'll be in touch - Greg
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