LED Walls at the LifeChurch.tv Tulsa Campus

I paid a visit to the LifeChurch.tv campus is Tulsa today.  I’m so glad I did.  The campus team did an awesome job with the lights.  They used Martin LC 2140 LED panels provided by Integrity Lighting.  Here are the pics. Enjoy!

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LED Walls at the LifeChurch.tv Tulsa Campus

Expanded Lobby and Auditorium Opens at the Edmond Campus

One of the largest LifeChurch.tv campuses just expanded their auditorium and lobby.  If you’ve visited the Edmond, Oklahoma campus you know that the old lobby was woefully inadequate.  It wasn’t really a lobby; more like a glorified hallway.  The Tech Team was responsible for installing sound speakers in the new auditorium sections, the lobby and outside of the building.  We also installed TVs and stage light fixtures  in the lobby.

Many people worked hard to make the new space look awesome.  Here are some of the pictures I took this past weekend.

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Expanded Lobby and Auditorium Opens at the Edmond Campus

After the Insane Week

Thank you so much for your prayers and kind words.  I survived the insane week.  Actually, it was a great event for me.  The tech team did really well.  I am so thankful to be working on a team with some very gifted and dedicated people.  There were some challenges in supporting this event.  One of the challenges was having to setup and teardown the tech gear in four different locations around town.  The other challenge was getting a three screen rear projection system to work on a stage that was never designed for that.

As you can see from the pictures below, it didn’t just work, it was awesome.  In case you are wondering, we rented a Catalyst Media Server to display the images and manage the projectors.  Click here for more info on it.

Enjoy the pictures.

Setting up. Complete with popcorn and Dr. Pepper
Setting up. Complete with popcorn and Dr. Pepper

My favorite picture.
My favorite picture.

After the Insane Week

Pictures of the GOC 2.0

This past week, we did a major upgrade of the Global Operations Center (GOC). If you need more information on what the GOC is, just look at my previous post. With the new setup, we have the ability to simultaneously view the experiences at 10 of our campuses. Previously, we were only able to view 4-5 at one time. In addition, we are able to view the Internet Campus experience, the Attendance Management system which shows us real-time attendance data from all the campuses, and a global map web page that show us what part of the world people are logging in from to attend our Internet Campus experience. None of this would have been possible without the hard work a long time LC.tv team member, Evan Hamilton. Here are the great pics…

  

This one is for all the Apple fans out there. You’ll be happy to know that much of the technology that is being utilized in the GOC is Mac based.

 

Pictures of the GOC 2.0

Day 3 – WFX

On the final day of WFX, I listened to a keynote speech, attended a hand on training class, and had lunch with a friend. It was a good way to end the conference. It started off by listening to Rex Miller speak at the keynote. Rex wrote the book Millennium Matrix and spends a lot of time thinking about the future. He talked about how we have transitioned from a broadcast culture to a digital culture. Before, news and information was given to us by a few TV broadcasters. Now, using YouTube, anyone can disseminate information. He said that churches need to move away from an attraction model to an engagement model. We need to transition from “come to us on Sunday” to getting people engaged throughout the entire week.

After attending a hands on training session for ProPresenter and ProVideoPlayer, I had lunch with Dennis Choy. Dennis is the Technical Production Pastor for North Coast Church in Vista, California. North Coast is one of the pioneers in the multi-site/multi-venue movement. At his church, they have different worship experiences in different rooms on their property. For example, in addition to a contemporary music experience, they also have hard rock, traditional and country music experiences. After the unique music experience, all of the venues watch the same teaching. It’s very cool to see how they do this.

As I reflect back on WFX, I thought the breakout sessions were okay. The keynote sessions were pretty good. But what I really enjoyed was the opportunities that I had to network with my peers at other churches. I get a lot of benefit out of hearing what God is doing in churches very different than my own.

Right now, I’m sitting in a Panera Bread in Granger, Indiana. I had a great conversation with the IT and Tech guys at Granger Community Church. In a few hours, I’ll be attending their service. I’ll blog about it in a few days. Tomorrow, I’m headed home. I can’t wait to see my family again.

Day 3 – WFX

Trip to the Fort Worth Campus

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This past weekend, I took my second trip to our LifeChurch.tv campus in Fort Worth. I was there in December to help with their transition from meeting in a school to meeting in a permanent facility. That launch went well and now we’re back to make some enhancements.

This weekend, we ran more network cables in the auditorium to support some new devices we’re deploying. One device hooks up to a camera and allows our leadership back at the central offices to view the weekend experiences live. The device we use is called Slingbox. When this gets fully deployed at all of our campuses, it will cut down on the number of on-site visits the leadership team will need to make. It’s pretty cool.

The other device we are deploying is a hard drive that stores a video of the weekend message. This is a replacement of current hard drive that is no longer manufactured. If the satellite feed was to go down, the remote campus and play the message from this hard drive as a backup.

This is what I love; using technology to make The Church more effective at presenting the Gospel. Very cool stuff!

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Trip to the Fort Worth Campus