With the recent Coronavirus outbreak and recommendations to limit gathering sizes, churches are having to rethink how they conduct regular gatherings. With increasing uncertainty over whether churches may be able to gather at all, it is increasingly necessary to consider online video options. This guide aims to provide some practical considerations when thinking about video and live streaming options, along with advice on the technical aspects of online video production.
Churches have a complex and dynamic relationship with technology. Often a church will use a mix of technologies to aid, support and enhance their ministries and mission. In particular, information technology can be used for many tasks, from coordinating rosters to doing evangelism via social media.
At OBT, we spend a lot of time thinking about how technology can be effectively used by churches, and we think churches should do the same.
Open Box Technology was approached by Arundel House, a home for women students in Sydney’s university precinct, to assist with some IT issues. We are transitioning them from an old Windows Server handling emails and file storage, reconfiguring their internet connection and wifi network to provide greater stability and coverage, and generally making the IT system more usable and friendly.
St Anne’s Ryde also contacted us in regards to some significant issues with their on-site Windows Server.
In October last year, over 20,000 hacked emails from John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s US Presidential Campaign, were released to the public via Wikileaks. The contents of these emails included many private discussions relating the campaign and resulted in much controversy in the media and public. The leak contributed to the growing mistrust of Hillary Clinton and her subsequent election loss in November.
Could it have been prevented?
In September of 2015 Mark Zuckerberg (founder and CEO of Facebook) addressed the UN as part of a movement seeking to ensure the internet is accessible for all people. He declared “ensuring [internet] access, is essential to achieving global justice and opportunity”. Zuckerberg is not alone in thinking that internet access is a basic human right; many foundations, charities and organisations have been formed in order to promote this idea.