How does our teaching team speak at 4 places each weekend?As I continue to unpack how we do our multi-site at New Hope, a question I get a lot is how I (or one of our teaching team) can teach in 4 places at one time? Easy...we don't, well not really.
Saturday Night I teach live at our Loudonville Campus. We run video streams of 2 shots. An IMAG and a static center stage shot that is always live and I am 6-1/2 foot tall or so...my dream fulfilled! We also make 2 copies and sync them in case one dies, we can go to the other on a dime. We have only had 1 case of a DVD going bad, but back-up is a must! I am willing to expand to 3-5 Saturday night services as our campuses grow. I am willing to teach live 2-3 times max as my body allows. Right now, one of our campuses might be there by Christmas.
Sunday Morning is the fun part. I start at our Loudonville Campus @ 9 live. (We usually use this video as it is my second shot at the message, it is usully much more consice and always shorter).
I then have a driver take me to our Wooster Campus where I teach live the majority of the time...their service starts @ 10:14 am.
I then have driver take me to either Loudonville's or Ashland's 11:22 am service. Whichever one I am not at gets the video teaching driven and delivered to them usually of the 9 am service as I mentioned. We alternate where I am live between the campuses. As Ashlnd just launched 2 weeks ago, I started live there for 2 weeks to get a pulse of the campus. This weekend I am back at Loudonville and will return to Ashland on a rotation.
Future expansion of multiple services at one of our campuses might be 2 months at best away, at which point, we will alternate live and video at both our 9 am and 11:22 am services at Loudonville. Eventually we will be able to produce or LIVE STREAM from ANY CAMPUS to another campus so we will mix up what will be a possibility of 9 weekend services each weekend and that is with only 3 local campuses. Currently we have 5 weekend services, soon to be 6.
The goal is to teach live at at least 1 service at each campus per weekend, and since Loudonville has 3 services, I will usually always be live 2 out of 3 services. Why? If someone really can't get over the video, they have a live option, but the GREATEST REASON is that I want to stay connected with the campuses in my spirit and flesh.
Our Ashland campus is currently the only campus equipped with true technology the way we desire it, and Loudonville is next in line since I am live the majority of the time in Wooster, but they will also get the technology this year Lord-willing.
Of course in China, we don't make the trip every week. We send DVD's over and they are around 1-2 weeks behind our series. (They just had to move to a bigger CONDO to accomodate the people coming! God is so good!)
There is a HUGE difference between video on 2 side screens versus the 20 foot drop down middle screen with the 2 outside IMAG shots. It is night and day to the other version.
Does it work? People who have been at our video venues LOVE IT. Is it as good as live? I guess if you are about the MISSION, then it doesn't matter if it is LIVE or VIDEO. Lives are being changed. In the New Testament, there was no video. It was a stand up READER who read the letters.
God is using this in a huge way. Lives are being changed. People's eternities are being changed forever. Is this hard? Heck yeah!
I teach 3-4 weekends on and have to take 2 weekends off or I will literally kill myself and my doctor's can attest to that! And not seeing the family most of those weekends will take a toll on them as well. Family first.
But 2 weeks ago New Hope grew by almost 300 people, and when I look at all these people each week at every campus, it truly motivates me to keep pushing on. I love this place! WE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION!