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

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

The Insane Week Begins

This week is going to be an insane week for me and my team. This week is the October Event. On an annual basis, the church brings in the entire staff and their spouses from all over the county for meetings, worship, and even a picnic. In addition to hearing from our senior pastor, we will also be hearing from Bill Hybels, senior pastor at Willow and Steven Furtick, senior pastor at Elevation Church. My team gets to make sure that all the audio, video, and lighting technology works for this event.

We begin the setup today as soon as the weekend experiences end and we won’t stop until Friday afternoon. I know that I’ll be working at least 75 hours this week. I’m sure some of my team members will be putting in more.

I’d appreciate your prayers for me and my team. You can pray that God would give us the energy, stamina, and patience we will need. You can also pray that we wouldn’t have any problems with the technology. We’re using some video projection technology that is new to us. Please pray that it would enhance and not distract.

I’ll keep you posted on how things go.

The Insane Week Begins

Multi-Site Production Round Table – Day 1

I’m in Carlsbad, CA attending the first ever Multi-Site Round Table discussion for church technical directors. This discussion is the brainchild of Dennis Choy, Technical and Production Pastor of North Coast Church, Jill Gille, Executive Production Manager of Willow Creek Church, and Daryl Cripe, Senior Director of Production for Grace Community Church.

I’m so glad that they chose to put this event together. Even before the event started, I was already realizing the benefits of this type of meeting. Before today’s first session, I had a quick bite to eat with Jeff VanderGiessen, the Production Technology Director at Mars Hill Church. He shared with me something that he does at his church that would really help at my church. Wow! I already had one great take away within 10 minutes of coming here.

We started off the session by discussing leadership issues, staff performance issues, and what was working well at our churches. It was also a great time to connect with my peers from 18 great churches all over the country. I’m excited about what God is going to do as we continue our discussion tomorrow.

Multi-Site Production Round Table – Day 1

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

MinistryTECH – Day 2

 The morning keynote on the final day of MinistryTECH was given by my friend and Digerati Pastor of LifeChurch.tv, Terry Storch. With his talk, he exhorted everyone to be an idiot. Here were his main points:

– Idiots embrace being idiots
– Idiots are comfortable in the uncomfortable
– Idiots expose their weaknesses

This was an important message that we tech folks needed to here. So often, we are comfortable in our knowledge and in trying to control everything. We want everyone to see our strengths, but we work hard to hide our weaknesses. We need to find a way to say “yes.” It appears that our default answer is always, “no.”

Terry listened to the Holy Spirit and changed his talk at the last minute. I’m glad he did.  This was the best talk of the conference. Terry, thank you for listening to God. You hit a home run.

Because of the LifeChurch.tv facility tour we were giving in the evening, I was unable to attend the afternoon keynote. In review, I thought the organizers of the conference did a great job with everything. I had the opportunity to network with some really smart people. I also got to hear some amazing things that God is doing in churches around the country. I’m looking forward to MinistryTECH 2009.

MinistryTECH – Day 2