What We’ve Done: Vine Church, Surry Hills

For the past couple of years, Open Box Technology have been advising and supplying Audio Visual systems to Vine Church (Surry Hills) as it has grown from a small church plant into a vibrant inner city community. Vine Church faced the challenge of needing to set up in a school each week in a limited timeframe. We have helped advise and supply them as they build a quality portable Audio Visual system in affordable increments. The equipment Vine Church are using is a combination of equipment donated to the church as well as various items OBT has sold them. Buying equipment in stages and integrating with existing equipment has allowed Vine to manage budgets and the investment often required in purchasing AV equipment.

Vine Church Logo and Christmas Eve banner

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The Robo-Pastor Part 2


In Part 1 of our series on the Robo-Pastor I discussed what it looks like to include technology in the life of the ministry staff. It is evident that technology is advancing at a rate that significantly changes workplaces and what is expected from employees. Tasks can be automated or eliminated, reducing the required output from staff. This can lead us to fear for our jobs. This fear is not valid, however, particularly when it comes to clergy. Technologically assisted ministry staff (or Robo-Pastors) have more time to invest in people and the life of the church.

How does this happen? What kind of tools are available for the Robo-Pastor?

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The Robo-Pastor Part 1

The 21st Century has well and truly arrived, and with it comes technology only previously seen in science fiction. We still have not seen artificial intelligence of the ilk of The Jetsons and 2001: A Space Odyssey, but surely these are not too far away. Many of the tasks that took up our time in the past have been replaced by much less time consuming technological processes. Soon many jobs will be threatened by technological advancements. So what does this mean for ministry staff? Are our pastors going to be replaced by Robo-Pastors?

2001: A Space Odyssey

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