It can be a long, drawn-out campaign to assess a church’s AV media technology needs, make the necessary decisions and put the financing in place for new systems. But when that process is finished, it can also feel great to write the check and let the process of installation and integration unfold. However, like many American families these days, not every church gets to have its new AV technology infrastructure roll out in so neat a manner. Instead, it’s an ongoing process, in which various aspects of the systems – sound, video, lighting – are addressed in a staged hierarchy that follows a course determined by a pragmatic combination of heavily considered philosophy and hard-nosed accounting.
Two years ago, Community Church of Oshkosh, WI set out on that kind of a journey, seeking to replace the aging systems in its 700-to-800-seat sanctuary in a way that would let the community know it was a church that didn’t consider
technology a significant symbol of the kind of church it is, but with the kind of technology that would communicate that message clearly – and affordably.
“That’s probably one of the biggest contradictions in church today – using technology to make it clear to people that you’re not a tech-driven church,” laughs Jason Rahn, worship pastor at the 10-year-old church building. “Big AV systems can sometimes turn some people off, and some churches try to define themselves by the level of tech that they put in. On the other