The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

March 31, 2012

We have the technology

Churches use ‘whatever we can get our hands on’ to spread the word

ENID — More and more area churches are incorporating media and technology into services to better serve their parishioners.

It’s not uncommon to have microphones and video cameras inside worship areas to record and later broadcast via the web services and special events.

Kim Mussman, World Harvest Church media lead, said her church is using as much technology as it can.

“We use whatever we can get or hands on. We use videos during the service times,” she said. “We have live praise and worship. We do have video streaming, and we do live streaming from one of our services.”

She said services are broadcast through the church’s website, www. harvestenid. com.

“We even do an online chat; it’s interactive,” Mussman said. “If they had a point over what the pastor was saying at the time, they could express that in the chat. It starts a dialogue.”

Ted Kuschel, media pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church, which is led by the Rev. Wade Burleson, said his church also broadcasts services via website, www.em manuelenid.org, and has been doing so for years. Technology has been incorporated into services, allowing more people to see and experience them.

“We have four cameras. Three are operated by cameramen and one is a remote-control camera,” he said. “We have a switcher, a really sophisticated switcher, that allows us to project image magnification. We can send a separate shot out in more of a television format.”

Kuschel said there also are four screens used, two of which display the image magnification from the switcher with song lyrics or text displayed over an image.

“We have a center screen that is for graphics, like sermon notes and things like that,” he said. “The rear screen is a confidence screen for the speaker or leader, so they can see what graphics are being projected behind them.”

Both churches are able to stream content to their websites, something Mussman and Kuschel both said they couldn’t imagine not doing today. Being online helps both churches connect with future members and stay connected to those from the past.

“Having the website, it’s been one of the ways people have found out about World Harvest, so that’s helped out in that sense,” Mussman said.

“The value of this,” Kuschel said, “is we have had a lot of Vance (Air Force Base) personnel who’ve moved on to other assignments, but they tune in. There are some homebound who tune into it either on the webcasts or by watching PEGASYS.”

In addition to webcasts, the local public-access television station, PEGASYS, will broadcast church services from selected sites.

“We hear from folks all the time, about how much they appreciate being able to keep in touch in such a way,” Kuschel said.

Mussman said the church does what it can to stay current with technology but is always looking to improve as much as funding allows.

“We’re not up where we’d like to be,” she said. “We’re still pretty much in standard mode, as far as videos are concerned. We’re still high quality as far as that goes.

“We’re not 2012 standards but we’re up there pretty close.”

Kuschel said the church uses a service called Vimeo to distribute videos and also has the audio of sermon available on iTunes music for download.

“There are several groups around the country who do not attend a church, but they gather in a private home, they watch Pastor Wade’s sermon, he said. “And they use Vimeo as an access point to watch Wade’s sermons.”

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