Posted on May 20, 2008 by servant | News| Tags: calendar, scheduling, tasks, volunteer, worship
Scheduling staff is usually taken care of via internal calendars or event management systems (i.e. EMS). But how do you schedule volunteers? Why not devise a calendar system on the Church web site that would let volunteers schedule themselves for various tasks. You would assign each volunteer a set of roles, e.g. sound technician. They could then look at the calendar and pick the days that they are available to run sound in worship. The calendar system would then keep track of the fact that they had volunteered to run the sound desk on a particular date. If they needed to change, the system would allow them to drop that commitment of time and post the task back to the available tasks pool. Another volunteer trained in sound could then volunteer online to take their place. You might need a hot list of items that were coming up, so that volunteers accessing the calendar would see what was most needed. Overall, this would take care of scheduling volunteers for technical ministry tasks automatically.
Does such a system exist? Perhaps, but it would need to be flexible and role based. If you know of such a system, then please comment below so that others can discover it.
Posted on May 19, 2008 by servant | News| Tags: Bible study, one year, reading plan
You can read the Bible in a year. All it takes is 15 minutes a day, 365 days, and you will know the content of the Bible! For more information, see the reading plan:
One Year Bible
The current readings for this week are listed below so you can get started reading.
Posted on May 15, 2008 by servant | News| Tags: FCP, GB, hard disk, HD, sermon, worship service
Many churches are now capturing the worship services for later playback on their web site. The technology to do this is readily available. People can even playback the service on their video enabled cell phone. Or they can play the service back on an iPod – i.e. in audio or video mode. Or they can play back the service on their computer over a broadband connection. Or they could receive a DVD of the service via mail or home delivery. Or they could just read the sermon online.
The technical demands of these processes are enormous. It takes a lot of hard disk space to record and process the service. And it takes a broadband connection to upload it to the web server. And the web server has to be capable of handling streaming media. A good rule of thumb is as follows for capturing video live:
For every 5 minutes of video (DV), you will be using up 1GB of hard drive space.
That implies that a one hour service will occupy 12 GB of hard disk space. If you just record the sermon, then you can cut that in half – i.e. 30 min or 6 GB. But this is still a huge load on system resources. Since you want to maintain quality, you will want to capture the service at the highest resolution possible – i.e. in these examples, standard resolution or DVD quality. High Definition would be even more. Then, to process and store the service, you will use up intermediate storage – i.e. rendering space for programs like Final Cut Pro. The overall load on hard disk space is enormous.
How do you plan for and manage this load? There are many approaches you can take. One would be to size the hard disks of your video editing system to handle a year’s worth of worship services, using the rule of thumb above. Another would be to use NAS (i.e. Network Attached Storage) technology to store everything except this week’s worship service. You also need to plan for having a web site with sufficient storage and bandwidth to support all of the services you want to have online at any given time. You will need to manage these spaces so that you do not exceed the limitations of the web host system, as that will incur high fees.
Posted on May 1, 2008 by servant | News| Tags: accessibility, color wheel, colorblind
How do you design a church web site for good accessibility? There are a number of issues that come up, such as readers for the blind. Yet, the church should be one place where we take these things into consideration, so that the very least (Mat 25:40Mat 25:40
English: Good News Bible (1992) - GNB
40 The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’
WP-Bible plugin) can use the web site.
One issue is color. For those with color blindness, a beautiful color scheme may really be unreadable. This surprisingly affects a significant percentage of adults – i.e. over 10 million adult males in the US. However, those of us who don’t suffer from color blindness don’t recognize it. There is a web site that helps you visualize this effect. Check out the Color Accessibility wheel by Giacomo Mazzocato:
TIP: To use the wheel, select a background color, then select foreground and move around the wheel to see the effect. Some color combinations essentially look the same to a person with color blindness, and the wheel shows this clearly.