Big Weekend in the Port City

This weekend I decided to head down to see the family in Surf City. I had not been down since July. While I was down I was able to go down and check out Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC.

Many thanks to Tim Cain – their technical director and Mike Ashcraft – their pastor for letting me come down. They invited me to see the entire sunday process at Port City from set up at 6am to teardown at 2:30pm. I was really happy that I could have this opportunity because with their new building is being built currently. Tthere won’t be many more opportunities to see this church portable.

Their entire team was very hospitable. Even before the sun came up – everybody was very friendly and welcoming.

These guys are HARD WORKING people. Setting everything up in two and a half hours is amazing. Even Mike is down on his hands and knees taping speaker cables down.

I will share more thoughts and a few pics later. For right now I just wanted to send out a big thanks to the entire Port City crew for allowing me to go behind the scenes!

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 – 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, 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.

Newspring’s Streaming Video Inspires

Newspring Church in Anderson, South Carolina has become an inspiration to me with their weekly services provided in streaming video on their website They continually amaze me with their pastor’s enthusiasm and passion to go big. Plus they were the closest church to me that used worship sets and intelligent lighting in their worship experiences until I found Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC.

They are currently in the series “Reel Life – Uncut and Uncensored”

Perry Noble, their senior pastor, used a Monty Python clip before his message but unfortunately our web people only saw the series bump. So that made me wish I was actually there.

He started the service off with a prayer, which in most churches is considered an invitation, but invocations don’t traditionally happen in untraditional churches. I found it to be very powerful and started the service off powerfully. Following it with powerful modern worship music created an awesome and inspiring service.

This is an excellent example of how Emerging Churches have to always be changing. Change is very effective, and if it doesn’t happen even the most modern church will began to feel stale like the dying traditional churches across America.

Great job Newspring on another amazing service.