Saturday, April 29, 2006

Blogging Schedule

At long last, I've developed a blogging schedule. I really do hope this serves you, so make sure to tell me if it does or does not.

Here's an overview of the plan...

Mondays are review day. I'll evaluate books, articles, videos, websites, materials, and whatever else I can get my hands on. Each day there are more media and media-related items coming out specifically for the church. Some of it is wonderful. Some of it isn't. My hope is to help us all think through what's out there from a God-centric, cross-centric, and others-centric perspective. If you have something you'd like me to review, please let me know. I'd be happy to check it out.

Tuesday we'll cover the basics. I'm convinced that excellence in media production is more in the basics than in the advanced tricks. If we don't do the basics well, all our fanciness is going to waste. We'll talk about the basics of sound, lighting, video, web media, website design, and more. I hope to get some experts I know to help with some of the latter concepts, since those aren't really my area of expertise (as you can probably tell from my blog design!).

Wednesdays will be about tools and techniques. There are so many media tools out there these days. Do we even know what they all are? How can we keep up with them? More importantly, how can we use what we already have to the best of our ability? What does video do well? What would be best suited to live drama? What should be on your website versus your bulletin? I'd love to hear what has worked for you, and what hasn't. I'll share our best and worst, too.

Thursday is team-building day. The church is about people, and volunteers are the core of most technical and media departments. Here I'll share a bit from my limited experience in building volunteer teams and what I've learned from others. Let's seek to motivate and build people into the church of Jesus Christ through their service to him!

Fridays are all for you. I'll answer your questions about media, technology, church, or anything else for that matter. Well, at least I'll try. I'm not an expert in anything, but I will make every effort to get good answers for you. If I can't find complete answers, I'll try to give us some direction and we can go along together to learn. I think we have much to learn from each other, so send your questions and your answers to others' questions!

Saturdays will be the most important posts: Scriptural Serving. The Bible has much to say about the church, about serving, about communication, and even about how to use media. Although the application may not be as clear-cut as commands like "show hospitality," I think we can grow as individuals and as churches in serving to God's glory if we make the effort to study and apply.

Sundays will be celebrations of what God has done here at Covenant Life and at your churches. Send me stories of how a particular Sunday has affected you, your family, your friends, or your church as a whole. How has media blessed your congregation? Let's celebrate God's grace in all it's forms!

If you ever want to check out what I've posted in the categories as a whole, follow the links in the right sidebar under "topic schedule." I will also post on other topics as they come up, especially if there are hot items in the news or blogging world.

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