Being a part of a church that has a video venue, I have found the following to be true in our experience as well as that of many others. We are not in a big city, do not have gobs of money and so I feel the need to debunk some common myths about the use of video in the local church. An interesting article about this is at the Out of Ur Blog: Video Venues and the Papacy of Celebrity: Why changing the methods always changes the message Many think this just is too expensive, promotes personalities and that media itself is dangerous. In fact, people thought the printing press was dangerous. There were some against radio as a tool of ministry. In recent experience we have all seen dramatic falls of people who have used broadcast TV as medium for delivering their message. But, somehow, I think what we see in local churches using video is different.
MYTH: Video is really a change in having one speaker in many places: TRUTH is that one pastor for multiple parishes existed in America long ago. (ie. circuit riders)
MYTH: You cannot know the character of someone on a screen TRUTH: Leaders in smaller churches can hide just as easily their character.
MYTH: Giftedness, talent and looks are over played in video venues. TRUTH: The results of the gift, the fruit of lives changed, really does matter.
TRUTH: It costs WAY LESS than planting a church and EVEN MORE less than building a building. It is good stewardship for many to do it.
MYTH: Media itself is message and only promotes celebrity. TRUTH: Media is SIMPLY A TOOL, and can be used for accomplishing our mission of reaching people for Christ.