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Technology at Church
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Whether we like it or not, technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in the life of the church. Church leaders who are serious about fulfilling their mission to evangelize their communities cannot ignore the impact technology is having on business, education, entertainment, industry, medicine, and practically every other discipline. Why not church?

A number of Adventist churches have recently stepped up to the challenge and are investing substantial means to equip their worship facilities with the latest audio visual tools to enhance their services. We've crossed the line now where many pastors and local church leaders realize that incorporating quality graphics, sound and video into their services is critical to reaching large demographic audiences.

Using technology for ministry is not a new concept. Through the years, PA equipment, tape duplicators, code-a-phones, slide projectors and other devices have been used to share the Adventist message far and wide. Within the last 20 years a growing number of Adventist churches throughout North America have begun video taping their services (mainly for local use). As a result, they have been forced to think about platform lighting, sound quality, film editing, video monitors and more.

A media pioneer among Adventist churches, Loma Linda University Church began their media ministry over 20 years ago by "members who had a desire to share the worship experience at LLUC with those in the community, especially patients at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. Now that signal travels thousands of miles into North, Central and South America as well around the world via the Internet [and] via the Loma Linda Broadcasting Network (LLBN)."

Hope TV, the designated TV station for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is expanding its broadcast reach. As a result more quality outreach-oriented programming is needed to fill its program schedule. As more churches and Adventist institutions produce quality content, Hope TV can harvest content from its own consumers. Welcome to the digital age of consumer production.   

A New Day

In recent years the emergence of refined digital technologies has revolutionized the audio and film recording industries. The trickle-down effect to average consumers is that we can now buy some fantastic media tools at a fraction of what they used to cost.

Professionals to Consult

Does your church need a media overhaul? Does it need to upgrade its audio-visual system or install some quality stage lights? If so, what are you going to do? Who can give you quality advice? In the past we may have been able to get by with minimal sound and lighting resources, but now that we are head-long into a media revolution, particularly with social media, we need to pay more attention to sound and light!

Tim Adams - Timato Systems is a sister company to Timato Productions, a full-service video marketing company. Company president Tim Adams has served on the front-lines of church technical ministry for much of the last 20 years, working his way from audio recording and live sound to live video, lighting and projection.

Greg Mace - GJM Sound provides custom installations for all your audio, video and lighting needs. Get the sound you want within your budget! GJM's professionals will provide you with options and solutions to address your need, and give you product information not readily available elsewhere. GJM carries a full line of lighting and video equipment and accessories for all your concert and video needs. From 10 to 10,000 people, GJM has a pre-designed system for your church.

Paul Zenk -  Make your church shine. Professional lighting for your church or venue. Paul Zenk director of photography and lighting designer in Hollywood has worked with It is Written, Voice of Prophecy, Faith For Today, Amazing Facts and many more ministries. As a ministry to the church and its affiliate organizations Paul brings creativity and In The Know Experience to lighting installations. Relight your sanctuary with cost-saving LED lighting, saving on air conditioning and power costs. Discover increased creative options for your church's worship experience.

Rich DuBose is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference. All rights reserved © 2016 Church Support Services. Click here for content usage information.

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