One of the objectives of our 25-year plan is to intensify efforts to share our message of hope far and near, and to increase the level of spiritual support we offer people in remote places who have no affirming, Christ-centered option in their own area.
We envision being able to offer a full range of spiritual support options to people in distant places. One key resource is a vital, engaging webcast that includes not just the sermon, but also worship music and perhaps other parts of the service.
Several months ago, a Technology Team was formed to do a technology assessment of the church and to make recommendations for upgrading our webcast. Technology has changed a lot in the time since we’ve begun webcasting!
The Team (which includes Melody Merida, Mark Brown, Andrea Platt, Jennifer Barnes, Teresa Mull, Hiroki Chalfant, and is led by our Communications Director, David Squire) applied for a matching grant from the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, through their Technology and Ministry Grants Initiative, which is funded by the Lilly Endowment. We were one of only 30 central Indiana churches accepted into the program, and we recently learned that we were granted $29,910.03 to use for technology projects, primarily an upgrade of the webcast. This project will take most of 2011 to implement.
Many thanks to the Technology Team for their hard work in securing this grant! Soon, we will have a vastly improved webcast that will allow people all over the world to share in the worship we’re blessed with each week.