JD Walt on Twitter in Worship

JD Walt writes a blog that I’ve just subscribed to. He says twittering in worship services may help draw attention where it needs to be…

We have become so accustomed to worship being a “one or few to many” kind of event. We pay attention to and follow a person who is leading music or to a person who is preaching a sermon. Note how the seating is most often arranged (i.e. classroom style).
Social networking introduces us to a range of tools that enable a “many to many” kind of relational and communication dynamic. It seems that this would be good for worship– wouldn’t it?

I guess it depends on what people are tweeting about. Are they tweeting about where to eat lunch after. . . . . . or are they tweeting about flashes of insight occurring to them as a result of being together in worship. I would say the former example cultivates distraction while the latter cultivates attention. A more difficult distinction– are we using twitter to capture insights for later reflection or for present conversation? Latter seems better to me– but former may be ok too.

To Print or Not to Print

From Tony Morgan

Feel free to keep investing in print communications if your highest priority is keeping your “internal customers” happy. Just thought you should know that other organizations are using the web to reach the same people you’re probably trying to reach in your community.

So what else does your church do to keep “internal customers” happy, but misses reaching out to new people?

The New Traditional Church's Approach to Websites

From Tony Morgan

Rather than looking at the Web through the eyes of a Facebook and YouTube and Twitter user, though, we’re still looking at the Web through the eyes of a Sunday bulletin reader. That approach works for the people who are already attending our churches. It completely ignores the people who we are trying to reach.

Northern Sound and Light

Worship musicians need to buy a lot of gear. Northern Sound & Light is the latest place I’ve used for cheap prices.

Sennheiser e835 mic:

  • @Musiciansfriend.com = $99.99
  • @Sweetwater.com = $99.97
  • @NorthernSound.net = $80.70

Aviom A-16II Personal 16 channel mixer:

  • @Musiciansfriend.com = $620.00
  • @Sweetwater.com = $620.00
  • @NorthernSound.net = $430.56

Tell ’em Clayton sent ya.

Tech Script Freebie

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You’re welcome!

Communication is everything. And this is a valuable little tool that I use to communicate to our technical voluteers (audio, video, lighting operators) the flow of a service. This group of volunteers needs to be aware of every aspect of the service. They need as much information as possible in order to do their job the best they can.

Feel free to morph this document to your own needs. The first column allows you to list the elements of the worship order, including song titles, speakers, etc. The second column allows you to list directions specific to the video operator (Easy Worship, PowerPoint, MediaShout, etc.). You can put the order of song lyrics (vs1 ch vs2 ch br ch ch) as well as the title of videos to be played here. The third column is to give the audio person a heads up for each service element. You can list which channels on the mixer should be up, or even which vocalist or instrument should be mixed differently for each element. The fourth column is for lighting notes. The final column if for general comments and reminders.

I’ve been using this format for Sunday worship for several years now, and all the techs that have used it find it informative and easy to follow.

Twitter in church?

First let me say, I got my first issue of Collide today, and I think it’s a magazine you should know about. Their tag line is “where media and the church converge.” This issue has a great article about why you should twitter:

When a pastor is on Twitter, a two-way relationship can develop between the pastor and the congregation as each is privy to the unfolding narrative of the lives of the other. As a result, engagement offline can develop more effectively.

Mars Hill Church (Seattle) recently made the news for embracing Twitter during church services. They see it as a way for people to share their experiences with others and to dispel what some people may think about a church service. Mars Hill has also harnessed the power of Twitter to keep their congregation updated and connected. Check it out: http://twitter.com/MarsHill

Even some of the major denominations have joined the Twitter world:

The Church of England
The Presbyterian Church *USA*
ELCA

Why I won't buy a Kindle

Which is also the same reason I stopped buying songs via iTunes.

Which is also the same reason I’m going to start collecting vinyl one of these days.

Tony Morgan gives his review of the newest Kindle, and I’m sure it’s a handy dandy little deal. And I’m not being anti-tech gadget here. I’ve got the iPhone, early adopter of the iPod, etc.

I just like books. I like the way they look and feel. I like having a bookshelf full of them (it makes me *look* smart). I like sharing relevant books with friends that have questions/issues. Every time I go into Half Price Books, I leave with some. I just like books.

Now I also like the convenience of having the favorite portions of my music library on my iPhone for listening at anytime. But I like even more the feeling of buying music and having something to show for it. I like showing off my CD collection. I like having the artwork in my hands. Ripping the music to my iTunes is a minor inconvenience. That’s why I went back to buying CDs.

I’ve played around with a Kindle before. I see the benefit in having one. I think they’re nifty. In my world, I’ll stick with books.

Using loops in worship leading

Great article over at blog.worship.com

You may find a lot of your past mistakes are now being exposed with a click or that your harmony you always sing is actually flat now that you have some accompaniment in the loop. There is also risk of computer melt down, but that’s why we only recommend Macs here.

Amen.

I have used a drum loop before in the song “All the Earth” by Charlie Hall. They are really easy to create in Garage Band – and then exported to iTunes and used in a playlist.