We are in the first day of our 14th Multi-Site Practicum at Community. We have over 100 people attending to learn what is involved in taking their churches multi-site. If your church in considering multi-site, I totally recommend you come check out this two day intensive.
Yesterday was our Plainfield Campus' last "practice service" before the big launch next week. Everything went extremely smooth. We worked out a few more bugs and found a few more things we need to alter, but otherwise that campus is going to be AWESOME next week. We are getting better and better at our launch sequence for each new campus.
The multi-campus model just provides such unbelievable support to each campus in start-up mode that a new church launch could only dream of. Yesterday, I brought in two of my experts, Greg Eichelberger and Tom Greever (audio and video), to give their expertise on a few challenges we had and they smoothed them right out. They are SO READY!
"Here is Our King"
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
Here is Carson Prunty working out in between services.
If all of Brian Prunty's StuCo brilliance, he put together a killer "Rock Band" set-up for the Student area at Plainfield. He and Steven Cuny tried it out yesterday. All of the volunteers were huddled in that room watching during the message. Oops.
Forget Christmas. THIS is "the most wonderful time of the year"!! It is "Campus Launching Season!" We are starting a brand new campus in two weeks, as well as helping launch a brand new church in Kansas City. I am getting so excited! Church planting makes my heart beat faster than anything else.
Today was the first practice service for our Plainfield Campus in their facility, JFK Middle School in Plainfield. Considering we were setting up a lot of the equipment literally, for the first time, everything went really smooth. We executed two service with almost no problems. We are making lists of the things we need to fix this week (and buy).
Excellent job by Campus Pastor Brad Prunty, Arts Director Chris Heller and Children's Director Cathy Cuny. (Wait until you see the pictures of the Kids City area below. It will be hard for the other portable campuses to compare. I think they will want to follow suit. Plus it is saving us $40,000/ year in room rental at the school. Thanks 2/42 Detroit for the inspiration! You helped us move to the next level in portable church KC.)
5:45 AM (Church Planting is FUN!)
Tour of Kids City on Practice Service Day
"There's a Family Feel here at Plainfield!"
Worship Kids City
Check out Jerry Estoque (leader in back). I TOTALLY want Jerry in Kids City at every campus!!!
Last weekend, during our "SoulCash" series, we made a video to the Sara Groves song "All I Need". I have been patiently waiting for Eric Bramlett to post it, because I really liked this video. We performed the song live at every site with the band playing to a click track to sync it together. This was actually our "Plan B" idea for this song. I am glad we didn't go with "Plan A". I really liked this moment.
Our NewThing church in Knoxville, TN has an incredible opportunity! They have been offered the use of a brand meeting space in the re-developed downtown Knoxville area. This is the video from the architects, showing the uses and layouts for their particular building, including their theater space. Go Crossings! It looks awesome.
So we are trying to improve our stage appearance at the Yellow Box and begin changing it with each series. The trick is that we record the "videocast" product every Saturday night at the Yellow Box, and it is then distributed to all of the video campuses for Sunday morning. So whatever we do with the stage can not negatively effect the video product. We also have a pretty small area to work with because the middle third of the stage is "the video alley" where the cameras record the message. So we usually try and keep that area clear. If we do put something in the video alley, it has to be thematic and appropriate for all 8 campuses because it will show up on the message DVD and we don't want that product to feel like a "Yellow Box-centric" product. That would kill the illusion of "live video". So we work really close with our Video Guru, TJ to blend all of the components effectively.
I really like what we came up with for this series we called "Soul Cash". It is very simple, but features the three titles for the three weeks of this series. We will move the appropriate title for that week into the center for each week of the series, so it will become the centerpiece for the videocast.
Again, hats off to Bobbie Wheeler, one of our resident artists, who made my idea come to life.
Here are the full stage views.
Here are some really incredible Hi-Def pictures of me taking pictures of the video monitor in the tech booth to show how the shot framed on the video cast.