Declare War on Your Church: Planning Upgrades with an Open Mind

The sort of passion and free-thinking determination that resulted in maintaining a webcast in-house were contributing factors to why our church has experienced significant growth in recent years.

Declare War on Your Church: Planning Upgrades with an Open Mind
A video camera is captures video during a worship service for a webcast at Crossroads Community Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts recently.
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To paraphrase George Carlin, if the president decides to bomb Easter Island today, there is already someone in the Pentagon with a plan in his desk, ready to turn it into rubble.

If something made sense once upon a time, does it still make sense today?

I like this idea, because I can relate to it. Any given Sunday, my pastor can ask for something that fundamentally changes my job forever. He can just show up and drop the proverbial bomb, and then I have to figure out how to get it done:

From that, the standard questions arise, such as: what do we buy, where do we get it, who will install it, who will run it. You might think I’m exaggerating, but it’s happened at least three or four times over our last 12 years together.

Before I tell my story, a word about my pastor, since we are concluding Pastor Appreciation Month (in October) as I write this. He understands the power and potential of media like few people. If there is a new technology starting to take shape, he’s just as likely to ask me, as I am to tell him about it. He has a natural ability to think of tech and media as tools to bring people to Jesus. It makes for both an equally supportive and challenging work environment, hyperfocused on the people we want to reach, beyond the tools to reach them.

In 2012, we were a small department within a growing church, comprised of 150-plus attendees each Sunday. We were blessed to have a series of revival meetings from a visiting evangelist that really changed our church outlook. It really was a revival in the sense that our church truly came alive in a new way over those next few weeks.

A big part of that was tapping into a new way of connecting people to the Word: a webcast. The visiting ministry brought with them a production team to stream the nightly meeting. It was a modest setup by today’s standards, but now attendees wouldn’t really skip meetings; if they had to work or be with their kids somewhere, they would still watch and listen and come back the next night, fired up and ready for more.

What was planned as a week of meetings turned into two weeks.

Then three.


More About Adrian Gates
Adrian Gates is the Media Director for Crossroads Community Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In his 16 years as a media professional, Adrian has served many different roles, including music producer, web master, videographer, consultant, social media “expert,” sound guy, lighting guy, stage hand, and roadie. His clients have included some of the largest tech companies in the world, New England churches looking to modernize, and dedicated weekend warriors. Adrian is a graduate of the New England Institute of Art and Communications.
Get in Touch: mediaservices@crossroadsconnects.com    More by Adrian Gates

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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