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We live in an age where technology guides us through our every day lives. We watch TV, go to the movies and now surf the internet. Today's church goer is quite different than the one 20 years ago. Most churches were built with a choir loft, organ and piano wells and a huge pulpit.
But, times have changed! Like it or not the influence of Hollywood has permeated into the core of our society. In today's culture if you cannot hear or see at a concert you think it is lousy. If you see something on TV or the movies that is not cutting edge then it is rated a B class or less. Today, even in our churches, the lighting and sound must be kept at those same professional levels that we hear and see in our society.
Most concerts and entertaiment venues are pretty blatant in their use of lighting effects and loudness of sound. They have an audience to reach. That is a different application than what we try to accomplish in a worship service.
It has been said, about technology in the worship service, that when it is at it's best ... is when nobody knows that it is working. That becomes a very true statement when you look at the function and use of technology in worship.
I believe that the greatest obligation that the Technical Production Ministry has is to perform it's duties in the worship service in such a way that the total focus of the congregation will be on the worship through song and the spoken word. Without distractions from the sound system that feeds back or the sound that is not understandable. To the lighting being just right to see and not distract the viewer. When the Technical Production Ministry achieves that goal then people who hear the gospel, clearly will be changed.
So Why a Technical Production ministry? To develop a team of individuals both full time staff and volunteer who can believe in the calling that technology is an intregal part of worship. That it is one of the tools that God has given us to help reach people. This goal can only be carried out through individuals who commit themselves to trainning, time, and a belief that God can and will use them through technology and worship.
These are very exciting times when you consider that a single sermon streamed on the web can be viewed by anyone in the world with access to the internet. With the globe getting smaller and smaller it is good to know that the technology that God has given us can help the gospel grow larger and larger.
If you would like to become involved in an exciting Technical Production Ministry call Sugar Creek and talk to Rick Russell .. 281.242.2858