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Need help in Media misntry
Hi Im new to this site and i found it very helpful to my ministry. I have been selected as a Media director of our church however as a new guy in this position i dont know how to stablish or handle this kind of ministry. currently we are 7 in our group. can you advise me on what field should I start focusing to able to teach the 6 members in their perspective field.
btw the 6 of them are students some are volunteers and im 22 years of age..
here's are the list that we've currenly using:
Easy Worship - for our worship software
powerpoint - for our Pastor presentation
for the audio:
we have a mixer donated from the church 7 years ago ithink.
music intruments with their own amps.
for the video
we have a Sony HD camera ( i dont quite remember the model)
power director for the editing of the videos
and a website ( dont quite sure if where it is made) a student just made this site. just check freemissionphils.com
i apologize if i have so many questions. I really love this ministry.. thanks advance for the help
First of all Welcome!
Congrats on taking up the call to the media ministry field. To start it may help to know how much knowledge or experience you may have. Also how much do your students have? Whatever info you can give us on the makes and models of your system will help as well.
This may seem like a duanting task at first but If God has called you to this ministry he will bless you and help you as long as you desire and hope to learn more and excel in what He has called you to do... And don't worry about your age. Im only 23.
Here are my suggestions:
1. Establish a vision. The team will look to you for direction, so you'll want to think about where you want this ministry to be in 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and 5 years. This is daunting to consider when youíre first starting out, since itís hard enough just to get things coordinated week-to-week.
2. Keep in mind that itís not all about the technology. Success is the result of the interaction of people, process and technology (and lots of prayer!) Focus on your people first!
3. Get a baseline on your teamís skills, and then create a plan to bring them up to the required skill level for the technology currently in place. Then execute the plan. (Note: This is recursive!)
4. Use available collaboration technology to keep your team apprised of whatís happening and when. (We use Google Groups for this, but there are lots of options here.)
5. Establish standards and best practices (remember: people, process, technology, in that order). There are lots of suggestions available for this on this site.
6. Make sure you are communicating with your team on a weekly basis at a minimum.
7. Try to create an ego-free, continuous improvement environment for your team. There will be mistakes made, but at this stage everyone on your team is learning Ė including you. Be patient and share lessons learned along the way.
8. Keep in mind people are differently gifted (Rom. 12); find ways to use those gifts to make your team greater than the sum if itís parts.
Thatís about all the wisdom I can dispense on a Friday afternoon . Godís blessings as you embark on this new ministry!
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starbucksbabe83 (Friday, June 8th, 2012)
welcome. does that 7 include the musicians?
your setup resembles what we had last year. i took over/came back (work took me away for 3 yrs) and have since with the help of my team done a complete 180 to our system.
Before doling out tasks to everyone, I would get everyone to help identify the different types of equipment you have and compile a list with model numbers, condition, ballpark replacement cost(google and amazon) and age if you can. then I would find all of the manuals online if you dont have them already. This will help you assess what you have, what works, ect.
Since you didnt say that you had system problems, i'll assume that you have at least a halfway working system. If you dont have any hissing or buzzing, ur lucky. Let each person pick what they want to do if they havent already. Then tell them to find out as much information about said equipment and its limitations.
Ie guy on mixer-take manual home, study it, read forums (like this one)
computer guy who changes lyrics - learn easy worship and its features. if you have a ccli license, and you should, have your church spring for the song select service $100-$175/yr. if you can get internet into the booth this will help greatly. you can search for a song, then import the lyrics into easyworship.
video guy - learn about proper lighting and other video related tasks
while everyone is doing this, have them suggests improvements for equipment based on your current equipment limitations and how you want to grow the ministry.
for example, we had a 16 ch behringer mixer that was 7 yrs old and crapping out on us. last yr we only used 5 channels on it. i finally had enough of it when i couldnt get consistant sound and was constantly changing inputs around to make it work. i maxed that board out over the last yr. we bought a new one. coulda gone with a newer 16 ch board to simply replace it based on the fact that i still had maybe 2 more channels to go. i new we were going to grow more so i looked at the 24 ch boards. but it was only 300 or so more for the 32 ch yamaha that i picked up. i know that we are wanting to mic the drums later. so i knew the 24 ch board would be pushing it. my point is that im replacing for the now, based on what i want to do in 2 yrs.
your job is going to be never ending, but if you have decent volunteers it will help. remember to delegate, delegate, delegate. you will get burned out if you try and do everything yourself. this site is a great tool for anyone, especially a beginner. have all ur team members sign up and have a look around, it'll help.
I wanted to say that I went to your website expecting something less than what it is. A lot of times when "a student" does a site, it doesn't turn out so well. My only concern is the copyrighted music used in the ministry section. The law might be different in the Phillippines than it is in the States, but here that would be a violation without written permission from the song's owner.
It looks like you're doing great work there. (I have a cousin who used to be a missionary there, so I have a soft spot for your country.)
For video, do you do any special lighting? That (and getting the best sound you can) might be the most effective change you can make on the video end.
Thanks for all of your response.
@ Bcastle - sorry but im not that techie in therms of Audio, im still self studying this part of field, since where establishing our own small recording studio.
@ Voltnhalf - thanks for your wonderful message, i will take note of that, since I cannot do this on my own alone.
@ Sempei - Thanks for the head-ups, I almost forgot the copyright thing, for the music I'll raise that concern to our web developer.
for the lightning, as i heard in our church they are looking for some kind of LED lights (also im not that techie with in this field, but im learning ) do you have some advice with regards of the lightning )
Guys, Thank you so much, I'm learning so much to you and in this site.
I'm kind of in the same boat myself. I recently started as director of media for our church, there hasn't been anyone in charge officially in years. So i'm kinda starting from scratch trying to find out what equipment they have, what we need to upgrade to go to HD, since the tv station we use is not all HD. It's alot of work and kinda intemedating. (yes I know I spelled that wrong)
Video Camera Help
Hello everyone! I need some help. I have three Plasma televisions that we use during service. They are connected by HDMI & we are using easy worship. I just purchased a Canon T3i DSLR and I would like to be able to show the service on the televisions,using that camera. The problem is, I'm not sure if that's possible and I don't have a clue of what to do. If I can't use the DSLR, I have another SD camera also. Please help
Re the using the Canon - among other things take a look at the Canon EOS utility software - just a guess here, but it might give you a way to route the camera signal into your worship software -
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