What's in this session?
- When it comes to musicians or media professionals in the church, do you believe that those people should be getting paid? (1:02)
- I heard you mention that you use a server, so what type of server do you use? (8:37)
- If not Right Now Media, then what else is a solution to empower willing volunteers to lead a small group without spending way to much time planning their lessons? (15:16)
- Is there a reason you would choose to do video announcements rather than presenting announcements live? (24:03)
Show notes and resources
- Brady Shearer on Instagram
- Pro Church Tools on Facebook
- The #AskBrady Show on YouTube
- Pro Church Tools on YouTube
- Brady Shearer on Twitter
- Pro Church Podcast on Apple Podcast
- QNAP TVS-1282T
- Amazon Glacier
- Adobe Premiere Pro
- RightNow Media
- Pro Video Announcements
- Swiss Chalet
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Brady: Today on the Ask Brady show, we talk about volunteering your time at church and whether you should get paid or not.
Brady & Roxanne: Well, hey there!
Brady: Pro Church nation, and welcome to the Ask Brady show, episode number 29. We’ve got four great questions for the people of Pro Church nation, and I’m joined as always to my left, your right, it is Roxanne.
Roxanne: It’s true.
Brady: True it is! Behind the camera, the editing wizard himself, [Joe Nex 00:00:46].
Jonas: [inaudible 00:00:46]
Brady & Roxanne: [inaudible 00:00:48]
Brady: And the man with the cam, Alex Mills.
Alex: Thanks. It’s not really as special as it sounds, ’cause I work here, but I’m here.
Brady: All righty. Roxanne, take us away with the first question!
Roxanne: All right. The first question is from Andre, and he sent in a video.
Andre: Hey, what’s up, Brady, how are you? Hey, Roxanne. My question is, when it comes to musicians or media professionals in the church, your music team, your media team, camera men and women and those type of things, editors, website developers … Do you believe that those people should be getting paid, or do you think that they should just be doing it for God?
I ask that question because I’ve dealt with some churches where they feel like you should just be doing that for God, and there’s no payment. But, you’re still giving a lot of your time. What do you think? Thanks, Brady.
Brady: Thanks for the question, Andre. First thing I want to do is make a distinction between the church that you serve at and churches that you’re working for that you do not serve at. When I first got into videography, churches from around my city began coming to me and saying, “Hey, could you make a video for our church?” Before we just into the church that you work at, which is a little bit more complicated, I would say that in 9 out of 10 situations, unless you’re trying to do something for the purpose of doing it pro-bono, trying to get your name out there, that’s a separate conversation.
But free work can often be a great way to get a step in the door in places, and I’ve used free work very strategically in the past which then leveraged into something better later. Didn’t necessarily do it at the time with a nefarious plan on getting something, but I knew that if I led and put some skin in the game, others were willing to do the same and reciprocate down the line. We do that every single day at Pro Church Tools. We are literally doing that right now. We produce a free weekly Q & A show. Costs us money. There are four employees in here, me included, and it takes a lot of time, and we do it for free. Why? Because we’re creating a relationship, and one day, when we have a product that you care about, if it hasn’t happened already, you’ll then give our company money because you trust us and like us.
So strategically, doing free work? Definitely something to consider. But beyond that, which is probably a separate conversation, for the church that you don’t serve at, 9 out of 10 times, I think that they should be paying you, absolutely. They’re hiring an outside contractor to come in and do work that they cannot do from within their church, whether with the existing skills they have or with the volunteers that they have. If they’re bringing you in, then yes, they should absolutely be paying you for that work.
Now, when it comes to your existing church, this is where things become a little bit more complicated. I would like to say that there is a spectrum. We’re beginning to see on the spectrum not just camera directors, videographers, website developers, musicians, whatever it might be, but pastors I would put on this spectrum as well. And we’re beginning to see more and more bi-vocational pastors; pastors that work a job and also serve at their church. Let’s say there’s a spectrum. On the far beginning end of the spectrum, you have volunteers that serve and get zero dollars. On the other side of the spectrum, let’s say that you have a full-time lead pastor who makes the most at his or her individual church and is full-time and has no other work or income beyond that. Okay?
Then there’s everything in between. Let’s say you’re a website developers. Depends on how much time that you’re putting in. Depends on how much expertise that you have. But I think that as you go down the spectrum, the more time you’re putting in and thus the more compensation, if any, you should receive. There’s also a distinction I want to make between a Sunday morning volunteer and a volunteer or worker that goes beyond a Sunday morning. I remember growing up where in our church, we had pastors who had 40 hour work weeks, but then what they did was they actually had a 50 hour work week, but the way they told us about it was, they’re like, “It’s 40 plus 10. We get paid for 40 hours of our work, but then we serve above and beyond that, volunteer 10 hours of our time, just like someone else would in the church. We’re expecting people in our church to volunteer their time for free. We do the same as pastors.” They had this 50 hour work week, but it was really a 40 hour work week and then 10 of the hours were quote unquote “billed as volunteer hours.”
I think that if you’re serving just on a Sunday morning, this is where a lot of churches just wouldn’t consider paying those volunteers. Why? Simply because it would be not feasible for most churches, and secondly because, look, you’re contributing to the Sunday morning experience. If you’re playing bass, we’re not paying you. If you’re watching kids, we’re not paying you. The bigger churches become, the more likely they are to begin paying volunteers, especially the director of worship or the main bassist. Or one of the main kids’ or children’s volunteers. When you have a church of thousands and thousands, you can’t just have one director of kids. You’ve got director of kids for grade five and you’re got director of kids for nursery.
I thought you were leaning in to say something.
Roxanne: Oh, no, I was just thinking of a quote I heard once where it was like, “Your rights come with responsibilities.” That’s the way I view church, is I’m a part of a community and that has rights, and I’m allowed to attend the services and I’m allowed to be a part of this community. But part of my responsibility, then, is to give back to that community. Volunteering is just part of my rights. I agree with you, it does … depending on the time commitment, you should be compensated if you’re 20 hours, probably. That’s a whole part-time job right there. But if it’s just a few hours a week, then that’s part of the responsibility you have to that community.
Brady: Absolutely. The tipping point for ours is going to be something that’s individual to you and individual to a specific church. Roxanne just threw out the figure out 20 hours. Maybe it’s 10 hours. Maybe it’s 5 hours. Maybe anything outside of a Sunday morning should be billable. But if you have significant expertise in a certain area, and you feel like, “Look, I don’t want to give 20 hours of my time every week to this church. I feel like I should be getting paid.” Then that’s a conversation that you need to have. Again, serving within a church, this is where it becomes a little bit sticky.
I would say that on a Sunday morning, if they want you to spend your Sunday morning doing two hours of a little bit of web development and cleanup each week, that would be a great way to serve on a Sunday morning. When it becomes beyond the Sunday morning, and now you’re spending your evenings, or if it’s a big project, like if you’re creating a new website from scratch, these are the types of things that cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. This is when the conversation of billing and invoicing and being paid for your time comes into the equation.
Like I said, I wouldn’t say that there’s necessarily a specific number of hours and when it crosses this many hours, that’s when you should begin billing your church. But what I would say is that when it goes beyond a Sunday morning into more different things, that’s when you can begin looking at something. At least considering it. It’s not always the case. If you’re working in the student ministry, that’s almost always going to be beyond the Sunday morning. Some churches have student ministry happening during the adult service, but a lot have it on a Wednesday night, a Tuesday night, a Friday night. You’re not going to be an adult leader, as Roxanne was for many years, and then bill them because that’s beyond a Sunday morning.
But, you could also say that that wasn’t necessarily a huge level of expertise for you. You were serving as a volunteer role, it’s not like you had this Master’s degree in working with adolescents or anything like that. That’s where if you’re a web developer, and you are clearly top of your game, a winner in your field, and you’re billing other clients thousands upon thousands of dollars, do some free work for your church, but there’s got to be a line that gets crossed. Where that line is, that’s for you to decide, and that’s where the conversation with your church needs to happen.
Roxanne: Yeah, that’s good. All right. Question two comes from J.T., and he sent in a video as well.
J.T.: Well, hey there, Brady. J.T. here from Family Worship Center Churches in South Carolina. Listen, I’m similar to you. I did have a former media background when I got hired as a media director here, and started acquiring all these hard drives to put our footage on. Footage from services, footage for projects that we’re shooting, or B-roll from an event, so I ended up acquiring hard drive after hard drive, go down to Best Buy, get another three terabyte, get a four terabyte, and so now I have ten of these, and our projects are spread out all over the place. It’s really hard to figure out where they all are. I’ve tried to organize it best I can, so I need a solution. I heard you mention that you use a server and so what type of server do you use, do you like network attached storage systems, NAS, do you use one of those? Have you had any experience? What’s the best solution?
I think that we need something that allows for redundant storage so that things don’t get lost if a hard drive fails, something that allows multiple people to edit from. You mentioned that you guys do that so you can have multiple editors. I think that that’s something we need. But mainly, I need something that’s expandable, so that as our needs grow, that all of our footage, all of our stuff can be in one place and can grow with us as we grow. Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.
Brady: I really like this question, J.T. It’s not something that we’ve talked about before, but when we moved into the office that we’re currently in right now, our first official significant office space for Pro Church Tools that wasn’t my renovated garage with a nasty toilet …
Roxanne: It’s true.
Brady: That Roxanne got locked in once for three hours.
Roxanne: Okay, not everyone needs to know that.
Brady: Haha! ProChurchStories.com. We built this new office space and one of the reasons that we built it was because our internet was not fast enough and the storage solution that we had that was basically everyone’s on their own computer and we upload to Dropbox, just wasn’t working. When you’re working in the world of video, as we do very much, you can’t use something like Dropbox because even with the fastest internet, maybe with Google Fiber this’ll become possible one day, but the files are just too big. We’re talking terabytes and terabytes.
We looked into a server, and so we got in touch with an IT guy and he set us up with the Qnap TVS-1282T. One more time. The Qnap TVS-1282T. Basically what this is, is it’s an NAS, that’s what it stands for, a NAS storage system that connects to all of our different workstations and computers. We set it up, or we built this office space from scratch, and so what we did was we have our data room, our data cabinet where the switch is. It’s a 10 gigabyte switch and that’s where all of the fiber and internet comes in from the internet company that services this building. Then we ran 10 gig … CAT 6, I think it was? CAT 6, 10 gig ethernet throughout the entire building, and then ran them to each of our 12 workstations as well as the one behind me, which is our podcast working station, so 13 in total. Plus the TV, 14 in total. And we ran them to each of the workstations. We have 10 gigabyte CAT 6 ethernet cables that plug into each computer, and this is especially important because we’re pushing around 4K pro-res, 10-bit giant files and we’re working with them in real time on the server.
Then Jonas and I, we work from iMacs, there are actually two thunderbolt connections that go with this Qnap, and so those thunderbolts go directly to Jonas’ computer and mine, which are I think ideally equivalent to the same speed as the 10 gig CAT 6 internet, but basically they function the same, if not better than the thunderbolt. Those thunderbolt don’t run through the wall, because thunderbolt that long is outrageously expensive. The Qnap actually sits right below the desk that I’m sitting at. That’s where the server is, and then the cables run all the way through the wall to our data cabinet on the other side of the office, but then Jonas and mine, our thunderbolts go just directly below our desk station, which we call party island. The four of us in this room, the four of us at party island. Roxanne, Alex, Jonas, and myself. Party island. The best cluster of desks.
Roxanne: It really is.
Brady: Our thunderbolt cables run below there, and then directly into the Qnap. That’s the way that we structure our server. It is 24 terabytes configured currently. The last couple of weekends, I’ve come in and the error message on the Qnaps read “full”. So delete some stuff or get more space. I just contact Dan, our IT guy, just an hour ago, coincidentally, and we’re going to put in 32 more terabytes to bring us up to a total of 46 terabytes, which should do us pretty well for the next year or so, and then we can explore beyond then. But at that point, we’ll have maxed out the space within that specific server, we could add an additional one, reconfigure it, whatever might be necessary.
Couple of other things, we back up the server every single weekend using Amazon Glacier. I have an automatic task that starts every Saturday at 3 AM, that backs up the serve to the cloud, Amazon Glacier, which is a highly affordable, long-term storage system with Amazon. It’s not meant to be accessed frequently, but if you have a catastrophic crash, there, got it, like the building burnt down or something, we would have all of our information in the cloud and then could re-download it. That triggers every Saturday at 3 AM. It’s a pretty big upload, because we do a ton of stuff every week. Obviously, it’s only updating the files that were changed that given week, but that still can be a lot with all the footage that we shoot and all the work that we do.
This allows everyone to be connected at the same time. So if Jonas is editing this episode of Ask Brady, and he wants me to check something, I could walk over to his desk, sure. But I could also open it directly, within Adobe Premier on my computer. And it works across different operating systems, so I can open it in Mac, I can open it in Windows, because three of us use Windows work stations and the rest of us use Mac. That’s helpful.
Anything else? Oh, J.T. did mention redundancy. Our Qnap is configured in such a way so if one of the hard drives fails, the others are storing and backing things up, so that it doesn’t all crash. And we have that additional backup with Amazon Glacier, so we’re covered either way. The only thing that we don’t have is an off-site backup. This is something that is often very popular, where you have … Let’s say at my house, another drive that is identical, mirroring the drive here, and is an off-site backup. It’s tough with 48 terabytes to do that, but it is something that we could run weekly or even monthly if we wanted. Hasn’t been configured yet.
So that’s what we use, the exact gear. Great question. Hope it helps.
Roxanne: All right. Question three comes from Adam, and he says, “If not RightNow Media, then what else is a solution to empower willing volunteers to lead a group without spending way too much time planning their lessons?”
Brady: To provide some context, RightNow Media is considered the Netflix for Christians, the Netflix for churches. I actually just have a subscription to Netflix. Does that make me not a Christian?
Roxanne: Yeah, I think so.
Brady: Okay. Little bit of saltiness there. I do apologize. Basically, it is a giant, massive collection of different devotional resources, Francis Chan.
Brady: A little more Francis Chan. Who are other people? I always use Francis Chan as the example.
Roxanne: I don’t know, I only have ever watched the Francis Chan ones on that.
Brady: The one time I did a devotional bible study with RightNow Media, it was with Francis Chan. He was on the top of this rooftop in San Francisco, and he had that really calm voice that Francis Chan has. I was like, “Get angry, Francie!” Just ’cause that’s kind of my style. Love me some Francis Chan either way, but the point is, beyond some of the less than ethical or less than exemplary business practices of RightNow Media that we’ve encountered when it comes to canceling your account and that stuff, that’s not necessarily my place to speak on that. I just don’t think that RightNow Media is a good substitute for small groups. Or a good purpose, good resource for small groups.
We see churches do this all the time, right? And this is a personal opinion that I think is shared by most, if not all, millennials, the majority of millennials. But you can take it for what it is, and that’s one man’s opinion. And that is that on a Sunday morning, we gather and a lot of our churches don’t have too much community on a Sunday morning, whether you’re a small church or a big church, you’re going to consume the service. Right? The main event is the message. You’ve got the intro band, which is the worship. There’s some announcements in the middle, there might be some mingling in the hallway before, maybe you head out to lunch afterwards, but that’s jut things that happen because you meet at the church. That’s not within the service itself, right?
What happens? Well, churches have these small groups, groups throughout the week or even on Sundays sometimes, where everyone in the church can gather with like-minded, maybe similar age, similar stage of life, and that’s where they begin to develop deep and lasting friendships that go beyond a simple Sunday morning. The problem is that most church small groups are centered around what, Roxanne? More teaching.
Roxanne: It’s true.
Brady: It’s basically the lite version, l-i-t-e, the lite version of a Sunday morning on a Tuesday night. Which, to me, is redundant and I already have trouble with church services on the whole because, look, worship music has been commoditized, I can listen to anything at all times, and I don’t really love concerts, so I can understand if you love live music. Not really my thing. And then messages, I listen to podcasts nonstop. I have the greatest messages at my fingertips and while a pastor’s message could be tailored specifically to our congregation, it’s not super tailored. It’s not like it’s crazy in the moment for us.
So what do I need a church for? I need a church for the community. That’s what I need. To do life with other people that love Jesus. To be called out on my crap. To be encouraged when I’m down. When there’s a death in the family or I’m grieving, people come around me and be there. That’s the type of thing that I need church for. Offer hope. Offer purpose. Help me figure out my identity. So much of this can happen in community. What about evangelism or discipleship? Again, happening in community.
Again, that doesn’t mean, and this is how everyone always interprets things, something is one way. Someone says, “Hey, we’re missing this.” And people go, “Yeah, well, we can’t give up on the thing that we have now!” Okay, now one’s suggesting that. Just because we have lots of A and none of B, does not mean that we ditch A altogether and go for B.
Brady: We want to have a balanced approach, right? If you have a Sunday morning already that has a message, it has worship, it has announcements and a bunch of teaching, you probably don’t need to replicate that on a Tuesday night at a small group. You don’t need to break out the acoustic guitar, sing, “Good, good Father”, and then watch Francis Chan. You’re doing that on Sunday already. The reason that RightNow Media is so, let’s say, enamoring, is because you can be like, “We can just bring people together, press play on Francie, and we’ve got small groups!”
I don’t think so. What I would suggest you do for small groups, and this isn’t even about RightNow Media so much as it is about curriculum-based small groups, however you do it.
Brady: Whether you buy the latest Mark Batterson series or you’re watching on RightNow Media, whatever it is. Curriculum-based small group is just … I’m not a huge fan of it. What I am a huge fan of is activity-based small group. The reason for this is because it’s hard for people to come together, whether you’re close friends or not, because the group of six to twelve, whatever it is, not everyone is super close friends. And just sit around a table and talk. That’s why we use the curriculum, right? We use the curriculum to hopefully spur a conversation, and then someone gets a bit vulnerable, which allows someone else to become a bit vulnerable.
The model isn’t terrible, except that you’re already doing the teaching on Sunday and at the end of the day, what happens is at most small groups, you watch the video and then everyone gives pat answers that don’t actually involve any vulnerability or transparency. No one shares anything that’s going on with their lives. They just go, “Yeah, I just liked how we talked about being open and honest. Sometimes, I say that I went for a 1.5 kilometer walk, but I only went for a one kilometer walk. Sometimes on Instagram, I appear happy, when in real life I’m not.” Deep, Sandra! Deep!
What an activity can do is replace the curriculum, right? This is what’s great. We have an activity, something that people enjoy. For guys, maybe it’s flag football. For girls … What do women enjoy?
Roxanne: I don’t know. Crocheting, I suppose.
Brady: That seems really offensive, but it came out of your mouth and not me. Whatever it is. Activities individuals like. Not all men like flag football, not all women like crocheting. You can have a bunch of different activities that your church has leaders that are good at.
Brady: You have a basketball small group, you have a board game small group, you have a video game small group, you have a crocheting small group, you have a salsa dancing small group. Whatever it might be. People choose the small group they like, and now there’s this activity that the small group is based around, right? What’s great about this is that now, there’s this thing that everyone’s coming to that is the purpose of the small group that is making conversation now forced on everybody.
Brady: People can come, and if they’re not ready to share with other, great. If they are, great. But what happens is, and this is what happened at my last small group, we got together around an activity and then I became really close with one of the guys. Now we meet every single Thursday and we share and talk about anything and everything. We’re really doing life together and not just in the cliché way, but in the painful, awkward, amazing, beautiful, messy way that in the last two years, has allowed both of us to become so much better as human beings. We often talk about how, man, two years ago, I was this. And now I’m this! And one of the core, changing denominators is you! That’s the common denominator of this. This has been so helpful.
And it all happened because there was an activity-based small group that started it. Again, you need to have something, a reason for meeting. The reason can’t be to do life together and then you just sit around a table, awkwardly waiting for someone to share about how much porn they’re looking at, and then someone else to be like, “Oh, finally. But I don’t want to share, ’cause that was really weird.” And then it just gets awkward. You need something to base the small group around.
Brady: Curriculum, we’re already doing that. We’re already doing that on Sunday. So let’s swap that out for something different, so that we as a church can experience the full spectrum of what church is meant to be. Not just teaching, not just worship, but community also. If your church is lacking this in any way, one of the best ways to get it done and to see it happen, real, lasting, friendships beyond a Sunday morning handshake or a quick hello, is through small groups.
Don’t just put on RightNow Media, press play, and call that small groups. Get messy. Have an activity that is the reason and the basis for the small group, and then allow everyone else, because we’re humans who love relationship and crave one on one interaction and real connection with one another, use the activity as the excuse to get everyone together. Everyone’s doing the flag football, people are connecting over a really easy to connect activity, but then that leads, that’s the conduit to real and lasting friendship. They’re getting together week after week, so it’s consistent, it builds up over time, and now you’ve got real community, all of which could be sacrificed if you’re just having curriculum.
And you know what? Let me take that back a bit. That’s a bit harsh. It’s not that curriculum can’t be the basis for this but, again, if we’re already doing it, we don’t need to do it again. We don’t want to over-emphasize one thing and thus miss out on the full spectrum of what church can be.
Roxanne: Yeah. I completely agree with that, for sure. All right, last question comes from Brian. He says, “Hey Brady, was checking out your video tutorials on announcements. Is there a reason you would choose to do an announcements video rather than presenting announcements live? We have one service and one location, and as much as I love the idea of getting multiple takes, I’m curious why you might choose this strategy.”
Brady: The big question for us, live announcements versus video announcements. Obviously, we love video announcements. At Pro Church Tools, it was the first product that we ever offered online, ProVideoAnnouncements.com. We’re not working with about 150 churches creating and producing their video announcements each and every week, and yet, I often, when asked, tell churches, “I don’t think video announcements are for you.” If you’re a small church of 100 or less, video announcements are probably just not necessary for what you’re trying to do.
Let’s talk about the pros of video announcements. There are two main pros. The first one is that they are re-playable. So, if someone isn’t at church on a Sunday, which the average attender of church is about every other week, if they do miss a Sunday, they can re-watch the announcements and keep up with all the events and the happenings of the church. If someone arrives late to church and you play your announcements before service begins, they can catch up. They can be replayed on your website, on social media, wherever.
Second big benefit that people often do not consider is how much time video announcements save in service. It is not uncommon for church announcements to extend beyond 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes. That’s not uncommon. You might think it is, but it’s not. 20 minutes of announcements. What would you do with 10 extra minutes of service time? The perfect length for video announcements is right around three minutes. So if you’re writing announcements for 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, what if you had 10 extra minutes? 20 extra minutes of service time every single week? You calculate that, over a full year, you’re talking about 10 extra full services. What would you do with that time? Would you have more worship? More message? More response time? More community? Let people out earlier? Get to Chick-fil-A, in America? Get to Swiss Chalet, in Canada? Those rhymed. Who would have thought? What would you do with that extra time?
The third pro is that if you’re having problems with your announcements, meaning you’ve got people that are just randomly putting announcements that shouldn’t be there. We use a rule of thumb that if it doesn’t apply to more than 50%, this is rough, more than 50% of the audience, it probably doesn’t need a stage announcement on a Sunday. If you’ve got a mess of announcements, one thing you can do is have a change of pace. Introduce video announcements that need to be short and say, “Look, we’ve only got time for three or four each week. Here’s what we’re going to do.” It can be a way to streamline a process that is messy, and find a way to bring everyone together.
One of the benefits of video announcements that most people don’t consider is that because you’re filming your announcements during the week, you need to have announcements submitted by a certain time. Maybe that’s Tuesday at midnight. That’s what we ask from our churches, and if you don’t have your announcements submitted by Tuesday at midnight, they don’t get done. You could do something similar at your church and now, all the staff are being forced to submit their stuff beforehand, not Saturday night texting the pastor’s wife and being like, “Can I get this tomorrow?” And pastor’s wife is like, why? Why? Why are you the way that you are? That’s one way to bring the staff together. Pros.
The cons. Costs more money. You’re going to need gear. Do not shoot on the green screen. Do not get an extra set of lights to light a chroma key background. Shoot in our auditorium or your lobby, but you’re going to need a camera. You’re going to need a mic. You’re going to need a computer. You’re going to need some editing software, like Adobe Premiere Pro. And you’re going to need someone who’s spending the time scripting, presenting, editing, publishing, promoting. All of that stuff, which takes a lot more time. If you’re a smaller church, it’s probably just not necessary. You can work within your existing announcements.
That being said, a lot of people don’t have someone who’s really good on stage delivering announcements, right? Not to say that it’s any easier to present on screen, but at least you have a little bit more control. Multiple takes, figure out exactly how it needs to be. If your pastor is the one presenting announcements, that can be tough. He or she is already delivering a sermon, people are seeing them a lot on stage, and now they’re doing the announcements? That can actually dilute their ability to deliver a message. People have been already hearing then talk for 10 to 15 minutes, now they’ve got to listen for another 30 to 40? They wasted all that equity of talk time on announcements, and now they’re trying to get people inspired through teaching or preaching? That can be tough.
So now you have someone that’s not the pastor, and maybe they’re not good on stage. Maybe they’re awkward. Maybe they are killing the momentum of service, where you had some good with worship and the message was about to begin, but then Sandra walks on stage and is delivering announcements and Sandra, God love her, but she’s not great on stage.
Brady: Lots of different pros and cons of each. This is why I often use the hybrid approach, encourage the hybrid approach. A little video, a little bit of live, and really experiment with each and see what your strengths are. If your strengths are in video announcements, maybe you use something like us. Or, if your strengths are not in video announcements, maybe do not do video announcements. If you’ve got someone who’s great live on stage, you’ve got a couple of good hosts, I’m a pretty good host on stage, maybe you leverage that.
That’s why, just because we have a video announcement service, we don’t recommend it to every church. Every church is unique, much like everything. You need to experiment within your own context, mix things up, see where your strengths lie, how your congregation responds, and then react accordingly. Did I miss anything in that question at all?
Roxanne: No, I don’t think so.
Brady: I feel like I got on a bit of a tangent and maybe I wasn’t responding directly to …
Roxanne: No, he was just asking why you would choose … ‘Cause often, we obviously recommend video announcements. So he was asking why you would recommend that over live.
Brady: Perfect! Yeah, so plenty of pros and cons of each, and how those pros and cons affect you will be different. Perfect. Well, thanks for joining us for another episode of Ask Brady, episode number 29. If you want your question answered, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can #AskBrady on Facebook or YouTube below this video, or on Twitter or Instagram. Anywhere, and we’ll find the video. Thanks so much for watching Pro Church Nation, we love you! Go seize the 167, and we’ll talk real soon.