Sunday Reflections

This morning was my first time experiencing Discovery Church. I had no clue that they even existed until I had a late night Dairy Queen crave that took me from Greenville down Firetower to the closest DQ to Greenville. I was focused on filling my craving for Blizzard, but I caught a sign for Discovery Church out of the corner of my eye. I am a long time subscriber to Vision Magazine http://www.vision-mag.com. They recently featured Discovery Church down in Orlando, Florida so the name got my attention. So I jumped on google and tracked down their website at http://www.discoverychurchonline.com. The website got me all the info I needed.

The experience was perfect (especially for a new portable church). The signage made me very comfortable and guided me right where I needed to go. The greeters were very welcoming and well placed.

The music was great! “Contemporary” churches around Greenville seem to be stuck in the early 90s with their music selections. The worship set this morning was awesome – Great modern worship music.

Discovery Church is a young but exciting church. I know that their ministry is going to continue to expand and grow in the future.

Port City Weekend Video…

This evening I check in on Port City Community Church’s website. While I was there I became excited after seeing that they had all of their messages on the website in VIDEO form. Check out their site at http://www.portcitychurch.org – I was able to attend all of their “What If” series.

In a YouTube world – almost everybody watches video online. Recently I watched Les Moonves talk about local CBS stations complaining about CBS’s Innertube. Innertube allows you to watch full episodes of our favorite CBS shows (basically CSI – are there any others?). Les boiled it down by saying that if CBS was going to survive then they would have to meet people where they are at, even if it takes away people from watching CBS in the traditonal TV form.

Some parts of the church world are actually ahead of the game for once, instead of trying to catch up like we normally have to do. Fellowship Church was one of the first to embed Windows Media Video into their website. This was way before embeded flash video or viral videos even existed. Since lifechurch.tv, Granger Community Church, Newspring Community, and many others have began broadcasting their services on the web.

Fellowship Church, after evolving from windows media to a short lived run with quicktime video, had their services available in three different qualities in flash video until their recent move to audio only. (More on Fellowship’s video evolution to come in a later post)

Unfortunately many churches don’t take the step into video and only feature audio clips of the sermon on the website. While Podcast have there place in the world – VIDEO is not the future… its the present.

Who am I…

Who am I… that’s definitely a good question. My name is Brad Christian and I am a church consultant to churches in Eastern North Carolina. My mission is to not just help churches by integrating multimedia content into their worship experiences, but to help them become relevant to people. I find that Eastern North Carolina has a need for Emerging Churches, and I want to help fulfill that need.

I live in Greenville, North Carolina. Home of the East Carolina University Pirates! ARGH. My blood does run purple and gold and during football season you will find me at every ECU football game. I enjoy living in Eastern NC with the fine beaches and waterways of the Atlantic Ocean being in my backyard. When I am not helping churches grow and become culturally relevant I am working being a Technology Product Specialist and I am the Vice President of East Carolina University’s chapter of the National Broadcasting Society.