Experiments are always fun…
This past Sunday at Journey we had our very first prerecorded message. Pastor Bob and a group of 27 individuals left on Saturday bound for Juarez, Mexico. Since Bob couldn’t be in 2 places at one time (and was unable to line up a guest speaker) we decided to video the message and present it that way… for the first time. I was a little nervous when it came down to Sunday morning, but I was really surprised at how well it was received. I thought some of our regulars might have comments like “it just wasn’t the same” or “we missed watching Bob pacing around in front of us” but there was nothing like that. In fact, I see some distinct advantages to using prerecorded messages:
- You can do as many takes as necessary to make sure you’re saying what you want to say.
- You know before the service begins how long the message will be – down to the second!
- If there are video clips to be included you can add them directly to the message video eliminating the need to watch for specific cues to start the video
While I’m not suggesting that Bob take every week off from now on, I do think that the video thing has some great potential. Part of Journey’s long range plan is to be a multi-site church and messages previously recorded will be a big part of that. This was certainly a positive step in that direction!