We had to cancel FUEL (our weekly event) last week. There were very severe storms in the area with tornadoes and giant golf ball-, egg-, and tennis ball-sized hail. They were so severe that I’m pretty sure my car is totaled.
Anyway, we didn’t want to just cancel FUEL and move on to next week. Instead, we filmed Chris (our high school pastor) giving his talk in an empty room and posted the video online at about the same time we would’ve been doing the teaching had FUEL been going on. We didn’t know how it would go over but some of the comments have been great.
“This was awesome. Less distractions and could rewind when I missed something. Thanks for the message!”
“Dude, chris, this was amazing man; thanks so much for filming this.”
“Chris! I want to thank everyone involved for posting tonight’s talk on Facebook. God really used it to affirm some of the tough decisions I’ve had to make lately, so once again thank you so much”
We went semi-high-tech with the video. We took our camera that we use for Sunday mornings in “big church,” set up a microphone, fixed the lighting, and shot it in a high quality. It would’ve been just as easy to use a flip camera or iPhone had we not been able to make it into the office because of weather.
The Internet has completely revolutionized ministry. There are so many different ways to do things now. If you leverage them the right way, you can have a bigger impact than anyone could’ve imagined even five years ago. With resources like YouTube and Vimeo, bad weather will never have to fully cancel an event again.
Here’s the link to our video if you’d like to check it out: http://vimeo.com/22969237