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No rocking chair for me

It is official.

Lord willing, I will retire on September 1, 2013… the same day I celebrate my 20th anniversary on the staff of Richmond’s First Baptist Church.

This congregation has been so good to me and my family for all these years. I wanted to return the blessing and help make this transition in the Communication Ministry as easy as possible. That’s why I gave notice at this early date: to allow plenty of time for consideration of the options for the future of this ministry.

To say it has been challenging and fulfilling would only scratch the surface. It will take me all of the next year to find the appropriate words to express my feelings:

  • to God for the opportunity to have some small part of His mission on earth by using my time, talent and energy for more than 30 years;
  • to Jim Flamming for bringing me into this remarkable staff family at FBC;
  • to Jim Somerville for keeping me on after he became Pastor and allowing me to serve as Associate Pastor for Communication;
  • to the crew and team members who have served so faithfully and effectively over the years;
  • and to this loving, generous, energetic, and compassionate congregation for paying me to do what I love to do, for providing all the tools we’ve needed to carry out an effective Communication Ministry, and for taking such good care of me and my family.

I don’t plan to rust out over the coming year… I intend to flame out. We have so much to do.

I hope we will be able to produce The Prodigal Project before I leave. And if we don’t, I’ll continue to work on it as a volunteer, post-retirement.

Over the coming months I will continue to give full attention to our ongoing ministries including the TV program and webcasts, the website, the WebClass, First Things First, and the KOH2RVA stories.

I am optimistic and excited about the future of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and the Communication Ministry. The best days are still ahead.

What will I do in retirement? Well, God willing, I won’t spend my time in a rocking chair in a dark room. I plan to continue, on a freelance and part-time basis, using the medium of video to tell compelling stories.

I’m looking forward to it.

Video streaming: a tool for ministry

Any church and organization can use video streaming as a communication tool.

Not too many years ago, the costs were so high that only larger churches and organizations could afford it. But the costs of equipment have come down. And access to the web has opened up to allow virtually everybody in.

It’s time for every church and organization to think about how they can use this powerful medium.

This is the first in a series of articles about video streaming. Other installments will cover live vs. on-demand, streaming server providers, hardware & software to get the job done, options for interacting with the audience, and how to promote it with your target audiences.

First, let’s talk about why and what.

YouTube, the ubiquitous purveyor of online video, says “48 hours of video are uploaded every minute, resulting in nearly 8 years of content uploaded every day.” YouTube claims to have hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

But I probably don’t need to tell you that. If you’re reading this article online, chances are you’ve seen your share of YouTube videos. They’re embedded on websites, used in sermons and classes, linked from Facebook, and emailed to friends and family. They’re everywhere.

I’ll not discuss the pros and cons of using “secular means for sacred purposes” right now… although that’s a good topic for later on. I will say that we’re burying our head in the sand if we don’t take advantage of the opportunities our culture and technology provide to communicate the gospel.

What, then, should we stream?

Many churches will stop with the obvious: the worship service. And many faith-based organizations will not go beyond the talking face of their CEO. How about some other options?

    • A live, interactive Sunday school class
    • A youth-produced video of their recent mission trip
    • Ordinary people telling their faith stories
    • Vignettes showing how people are living out the gospel in their lives
    • A daily devotional
    • A brief clip showing a need that volunteers or donors can meet
    • A promotional clip for an upcoming event

The list goes on. I invite you to comment below to add your ideas, or things you’ve seen.

Let’s use our God-given talents and the technology God has made possible to tell the Good News and help bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth.