Work as Worship

On my way to Atlanta last month, this video came through my email:

It kind of sums why we do what we do on each Sunday. Let me know if you agree.

Atlanta Bound!

Hello again! This week I will be in Atlanta, GA from Tues. Sept. 18th through Thurs. Sept. 20th for the Worship FX Conference - There are two reasons for this trip:

FIrst I will be on a discussion panel with one of the many exhibitors discussing streaming live and time-shifted technology - As many of you know, we use Wowza Media Systems for our high quality stream to Blue Valley - See the links located on the side bar for true representation. The embedded link is a Ustream feed that most of our viewers see. I try to separate the masses from our Wowza stream so our Blue Valley folks have an unit erupted sermon view each Sunday.

Secondly, Hillcrest has been nominated for the Solomon Award - This awards program is designed to recognize churches and their partners for:

Excellence in facilities design
Technical production

Since church size and budgets are significant constraints, certain awards are given within designated size categories. Churches of all sizes are encouraged to apply! Winners will be announced at WFX on Wednesday, September 19th. Keep your fingers crossed.

Even if Hillcrest is not elected for this award, I am still quite amazed at what this church, the people and it’s volunteers have provided to get to this point. It’s only been 4 years since we ventured into multisite and the video led technology to make that a reality, and I think we have come a long way in a short amount of time. You all our the best, and Robert and I could not have done it without your continued service.

Our New SIte!

Well, by now you all have seen the revised additions to our site. Just to give you some history on the inner workings...

We began this journey in late November, 2008. Our first site was really just a blog site. It’s actually still up at Maybe I should take it down. All the blog entries will be reposted here for archival as they were with our previous site. But that was it for about 2 years. Then I built a new site with iWeb around April, 2010. I still have that locally, but most of the feature set like RSS feeds and Photo Gallery went away when MobileMe moved to iCloud.

This new site is created with Rapid Weaver, again two years later after iWeb. I love this application - For $79 it beats Adobe DreamWeaver on cost alone. Very easy to use. If you get stuck there’s plenty of tutorials online as well as a subscribed Learning School for going beyond the essentials.

Since using Rapid Weaver, I have built 6 sites using their starter templates:


So, if you’re curious about this stuff and want to help maintain our sites, let me know. I will have all the intro and advanced tutorials online in a few weeks to get you started. Robert has also become a wiz with Rapid Weaver. He maintained Intersections and the 50th when they were being used. But his bread and butter has been WordPress. So if you have a WordPress site already and need some enhancements, Robert is your man!

Echo Conference

Awesome stuff! A lot of information to digest. I may look into the DVD version which has audio captures of all the other breakout sessions I missed. Anyway, here are my notes with links:

Echo Conference - 2010 -

Session 1 - July 28th, 2010

- Visual Worship (Context & Content Curation) - Cameron Ware & Stephen Proctor

- Anthony Lee - Worship God with eyes and what we can see!
- Dissect the structure
- Don't communicate "at" but "with" the people
- lower stage heights
- lighting levels and direction
- visual content on screen
- "mirrors" vs. "windows"
- Worship Curation - a new language and vocabulary to assign leading of corporate worship
- Is the Worship Leader theologically sound
- Curator - Latin to care for or a guardian of the sacred space
- maker of context instead of presenter of content
- The Process - Aggregation, Filtering (Pruning), Curating (In that order)
- Aggregation is a habit or lifestyle
- Filtering 
- Curating is moving and arranging to tell the context of the story
- Lighting and projection go hand in hand
- environmental projection on walls (use third aux or ProPre's secondary screen for this)
- Use masking or Props layer in ProPre4 to cover surfaces that need primary projection
- But content needs to be in context!!!
- Check out Orange Thread Media
- Resource -
- More Resources -

Session 2 - July 28th, 2010

- Digital Media (Leveraging Digital Media for Greater Impact) (Chance Mason)

- Look at electronic media holistically or as one ecosystem
- Social Networking - choose networks you can handle, have a plan, make it relevant 
- Webname Acquisition - your website is the beginning of your engagement with viewers
- Audience Segmentation - Data is Key, Manage your information
- Targeted Messaging - Do not blast out information, use the "triggered dialogue model" 
- Feedback - the end game strategy 
- Online Video Content - 95 percent of online content will be video by 2015
- Focus on Facebook and Twitter
- Content Calendar, when are the post, and whats the feedback

Keynote 1 - July 28th, 2010 

- Dan Merchant (Filmaker through the Culture Wars -

Session 3 - July 29th, 2010

- Online Ministry (A Look into the near Distant Future of Online Ministry) - Drew Goodmanson

- What are some of the unattended consequences of this technology?
- How do we do online discipleship well?
- Technological Changes
- Embodying Trends (4Square, Brightkite) Behavior is changed based on the technology
- Restructuring Trends 
- Co-Dependant on trends 
- Sociological Changes
- Identity & Authority changes
- Theological
- Why Twitter, why Facebook? Are there ministry results with these tools?
- Creation, Fall, Redemption, & Restoration - Can technology fit in this structure?
- Idols of the day - consumerism, individualism, distraction in being busy
- Online Ministry vs. Ministry for those Online

Keynote 2 - July 29th, 2010 

- Johnathon Acuff -

Church Panel - July 29th, 2010 

- Charles Lee, Kem Meyer, & Charles Whittaker

Session 4 - July 29th, 2010

- Idea Making (Life after the Great Idea: Moving ideas to Implementation - IDEATION) Charles Lee

- Creativity and Organization go hand in hand
- 1) Who are you and who/what are you Leading?
- 2) How will you implement your ideas? 
- Wisdom comes from the streets
- Paper Please - write, type or record it
- Work really hard on simplicity
- Have a business plan!
- Creativity & Idea Making - Don't give up on the process
- Share your idea and listen
- Expect the "no" but dream anyway
- Work Hard & Prepare More
- Ideas for Good are the best ideas

Session 5 - July 29th, 2010

- Q&A with Media Design Team - Tony Steward, et al.

Keynote 3 - July 29th, 2010

- Donald Miller -

Session 6 - July 30th, 2010

- (HTML5 and the Future of the Web) - Nathan Smith & John Dyer

- HTML5 & CSS3 & Java Script
- HTML5 is shorter and simpler - creates standard or is very terse
- SVG & Canvas can replace Flash
- HTML5 Apps - Sencha Touch, PhoneGap
- H.264 will not work in FireFox - Only Safari, EI & Chrome
- Use H.264 via HTML5
- Bible Web App &
- "slablet"

- Social Graph - Gives advertisers data! Like or Dislike
- OpenLike - Open Source, kind of
- Check privacy settings on Facebook
- Facebook can use rights to any content

Keynote 4 - July 30th, 2010

- Todd Wagner -
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