Bryant Taylor, worship and media pastor at the Azure Hills church in the Southern California Conference and president of the Society of Adventist Communicators, presented a virtual media workshop titled, “The Zoom Where It Happens” to Northeastern Conference pastors and communication leaders on February 23. Taylor has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to technology for churches.
In this time of virtual living, working, and socializing, perhaps one of the most rapid changes since the pandemic began is how everyone has had to adjust to being a participant in a virtual church service. For the viewer, they simply click a link on Facebook, YouTube, Zoom, or other platforms, and they are instantly members of a virtual church service, board meeting, or even a concert program. However, to achieve the highest level of professional quality, many people are behind the scenes to make that happen.
In his presentation, Taylor provided information on how to get the best out of the online church experience by using the best equipment that will enhance any program. He demonstrated how to use the latest video cameras, microphones, audio software, streaming equipment, and presentation platforms. Taylor also noted that just because a church has the best of everything, it does not always mean that it will have the greatest results.
He emphasized that they need to take time to grow and learn about the equipment and use it to each church’s best needs to minister to those who will be watching the programs. He told the workshop participants, “I love developing digital disciples.” He also emphasized that they can still make an impact by using this technology to reach others for Christ.