Every year my church has a “State of the Gate.” It’s really a gathering one evening of the week, usually at the beginning of the year where we share great stories from the previous year, share any exciting news and then cast vision for the coming year. This year we tried something new. Since we’ve recently launched our internet campus, we broadcast the State of the Gate over the interwebs. What a cool experience!
I still don’t know how many actually participated, but a pretty large group of people logged in with their facebook and twitter accounts and interacted with each other during the broadcast and asked questions during the Q & A. It was a totally unique environment. The people who watched live had a much more engaging experience than any State of the Gate in the past. In addition, the video content will remain online for people to watch later. In a tech savvy, DVR and overwhelmingly busy culture we live in, this format for special services like this seems the way of the future.
Click here to check the live site, you can read the chat dialogue until Sunday when it will be replaced by Sunday’s chat log. Feel free to watch the videos below, they illustrate our church’s current restructure to better engage our body in serving the community.
State of the Gate 2010
State of the Gate 2010 | Intro from Gateway Church on Vimeo.
State of the Gate: Attend, Grow and Serve
State of the Gate 2010 | Attend Grow Serve from Gateway Church on Vimeo.
State of the Gate: Q & A
State of the Gate 2010 | Q&A from Gateway Church on Vimeo.
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What a cool idea!
The sound seems to have some issues… was that the case when it was streaming live, or just an issue after being uploaded to Vimeo?
How many people do you guys think watched live? Any way to track that?
Yeah, there were a few times where sound wasn’t ideal. This is mainly due to the fact that there were 6 people who had to be wired for sound and we actually didn’t do this in the internet campus studio because they were having band rehearsal in the auditorium which makes it too noisy to do the webcast, so a lot of this was shooting from the hip. There were a lot of things that just wern’t ideal. I would imagine that this will continue to get better as time goes on since we’ve only been live with the internet campus for a few months.
We had 350 or something watching live, the average viewer watching for almost 30 minutes (the entire webcast was 50 minutes). The video will stay online and hundreds more will watch in coming weeks.
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