And that gave me an idea… (How’s that for going a little link happy? 🙂 )
What if churches could use the basic “interactive video” idea on a smaller scale? Where the coolness and functionality overpowers the excellence of the presentation or environment itself? Where the “excellence” was actually the fact that you were connecting on a broad scale and using technology to creatively do so?
Assuming you have live leaders and real life interaction built into your strategy, consider this. With a Mac utilizing ichat in three or four smaller locations (or more, I guess), it could be possible to:
- Lead a bible study in several homes or other locations (coffee shop?) at once.
- Lead a training for ministry teams in several locations simultaneously.
- Do “live via [satellite]” features in services.
- Have special guests in your worship service interviewed from across the country or world.
- Conduct worship services with live musicians and live, interactive video teaching in many small venue locations.
- Other uses I haven’t thought of yet…
What I’m talking about is “small” venues. Rather than 3 “Video Venue Satellite Churches,” you could have 20 “small venue video satellite connection points.” (Do you like how I keep raising the number of venues? 🙂 )
The leader could then rotate between venues, making him a modern day “Circuit Riding Preacher.”
And with that great “circuit riding” pun, I leave it at that. 🙂