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Pitch, Plan And Execute, Part 1
R Bob Adams calls upon his wealth of experience serving the HOW market to help bridge the gap between contractors/integrators and their clients. In the first installment of this three-part series, he...
By R Bob Adams


Published April 2014 | Read More...
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HOW: Business
Setting up a cutting-edge sound system in a historical house of worship is one of the toughest tasks an integrator can tackle, but the right AV upgrade can bring the past back to the future.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published April 2014 | Read More...
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HOW: Technology
It doesn’t take a miracle to bring quality sound and vocal clarity to a traditional worship space. It can be done, and with minimal visual impact, to boot.
By Dawn Allcot


Published April 2014 | Read More...
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HOW: Business
Waxing nostalgic about the history and influence of Macintosh device usage in the religious community.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published March 2014 | Read More...
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HOW: Technology
Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte NC’s dual AV setup enables switching between contemporary and traditional worship services without the need to adjust equipment.
By Dawn Allcot


Published March 2014 | Read More...
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HOW: Business
AV technology helps churches tell drama-filled story.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published February 2014 | Read More...
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HOW: Technology
The MET Church launches second campus in Cypress TX.
By Dawn Allcot


Published February 2014 | Read More...
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HOW: Business
Four technology changes that will affect our segment.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published January 2014 | Read More...
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HOW: Technology
AV dreams come true with a blank slate and big budget at My Church in Bellingham WA.
By Dawn Allcot


Published January 2014 | Read More...
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HOUSE OF WORSHIP: BUSINESS
iPad For Worship Leaders
A lot of people love their iPad. I am one of the millions who own one. There are millions of people who wish they had one. I am amazed when I see the growing list...
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published December 2013 | Read More...
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HOUSE OF WORSHIP: TECHNOLOGY
Quality Sound For Rapid Growth
A Increasingly, Catholic churches across the US are adopting technology to spread the message...
By Dawn Allcot


Published December 2013 | Read More...
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HOW: Business: The Future for Houses of Worship?
4K Ultra-HD has arrived and looks amazing, but convincing a HOW that investing in this emerging technology will be beneficial can be a bit tricky.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published November 2013 | Read More...
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HOW: Technology: Divine Intervention
An act of God forced a 200-year-old church to upgrade all its systems within an extremely shallow budget.
By Dawn Allcot


Published November 2013 | Read More...
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HOW: Business
HOWs that have not enhanced worship with new technologies may change if we explain how it can help manage all communication needs more effectively.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published October 2013 | Read More...
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HOW: Technology
Baton Rouge LA Catholic Church embraces AV.
By Dawn Allcot


Published October 2013 | Read More...
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HOW Business: How Loud Is Too Loud?
Although we have standards for the workplace, there are no legal volume limits imposed upon Houses of Worship.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published September 2013 | Read More...
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HOW: Technology: First Steps to Superior Sound
As one of the larger performance spaces in the state, ABTemple in Anchorage AK needed a powerful, diverse system.
By Dawn Allcot


Published September 2013 | Read More...
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HOW Business: Trending
A growing number of HOWs are intentionally seeking out young people to fulfill their mission by creating social environments and worship spaces tailored specifically for teenagers.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published August 2013 | Read More...
All Digital, Fully Immersive
HOW Technology: All Digital, Fully Immersive
Contemporary worship services' use of transparent technology to reinforce the message can have many different connotations, depending on the role a person plays in a worship service..
By Dawn Allcot


Published August 2013 | Read More...
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HOW Business: First Impressions
First impressions are critical, and understanding this valuable concept offers opportunities to visit new revenue streams while also serving others.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published July 2013 | Read More...
Epic
HOW Technology: Technology Expands Reach
Gil Parente took a chance on a unique relationship with Mosaic Community Church.
By Dawn Allcot


Published July 2013 | Read More...
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HOW Business: The End Of The Gymnatorium
More and more, these multipurpose facilities are being renovated to be something more appropriate and effective.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published June 2013 | Read More...
Epic
HOW Technology: An Epic Undertaking
The audio, video and lighting design and installation at epikos church posed some interesting challenges for integrators.
By Dawn Allcot


Published June 2013 | Read More...
Hi-Def
Hi-Def On A Budget
As more emphasis is placed on the "Wow!" factor in contemporary worship Christian churches, including more creative ways of using video, image quality remains critical.
By Dawn Allcot


Published May 2013 | Read More...
Developing A Technology Plan
Developing A Technology Plan
Help HOW leaders (and budget committees) make confident purchasing decisions by developing a technology plan that genuinely addresses their communication needs.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published May 2013 | Read More...
's Not Just About Technology
It's Not Just About Technology
Life in Deep Ellum pastors and their team have developed a ministry around "not just being a church in the community, but being a church for the community."
By Houston Clark


Published April 2013 | Read More...
Business Bigger And More
Business Bigger And More
The over-arching challenge in the worship market is that tried and true technologies are no longer 100% adequate for addressing emerging demands.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published April 2013 | Read More...
It Started With An Upgrade
Technology: It Started With An Upgrade
"Upselling" is important, but systems integrators have to be careful not to come across as heavy-handed salespeople.
By Dawn Allcot


Published April 2013 | Read More...
Gearing Up For Easter
Technology: Transparent Technology
The technology systems in the space had to reflect their unique approach to worship in order to bring the message home each week in a way that is larger than life.
By Dawn Allcot


Published March 2013 | Read More...
Gearing Up For Easter
Business: Sound Problems & Solutions
Integrators need to understand common problems in order to better serve the leaders and congregants in houses of worship.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published March 2013 | Read More...
Gearing Up For Easter
Business: Gearing Up For Easter
The Easter season is the perfect time of year to get a foot in the door of churches to establish new clients, and to bolster relationships with current clients.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published February 2013 | Read More...
When Audio Comes First
Technology: When Audio Comes First
Building a new facility for a growing church is a significant investment, and when the budget is written, audiovisual systems aren't always the top expenditure on the building committee's mind.
By Dawn Allcot

Published February 2013 | Read More...
Doors Open On Better Sound
Technology: Doors Open On Better Sound
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church and its copper domes has become a familiar landmark to local residents. Integrating the 100,000-square-foot building, with 55-foot-high central dome, with accurate sound was a major challenge.
By Dawn Allcot


Published January 2013 | Read More...
New Year, Smarter Business
Business: New Year, Smarter Business
The challenge for integrators in the New Year is to conduct smarter business. Here is a general outline of a plan to employ, which, when combined with brilliant ideas, will generate huge gains this year.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published January 2013 | Read More...
A Time To Serve
Business: A Time To Serve
A number of religious faiths acknowledge and celebrate their unique Holy Days this time of year. This season is a time when we are jolly, jovial and cheerful, and for those who are blessed and able, December is a time to serve.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published December 2012 | Read More...
Upgraded AV
Technology: Upgraded AV
The sound and video design and integration at First United Methodist Church of San Diego CA was a project 27 years in the making for PS Audio Video.
By Dawn Allcot


Published December 2012 | Read More...
The Problem With Bids
BUSINESS: The Problem With Bids
Good business is always the path to long-term success and, although playing bids against each other may (or may not) be legal, it is a tacky business model.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published November 2012 | Read More...
Video Plays Key Role
TECHNOLOGY: Video Plays Key Role
Mankin Media Systems worked with church officials to "plan for the future."
By Dawn Allcot


Published November 2012 | Read More...
FBC Dandridge Celebrates 225 Years
FBC Dandridge Celebrates 225 Years
At First Baptist Church of Dandridge (FBC) in Dandridge TN, traditional and historical does not mean old-fashioned or irrelevant.
By Dawn Allcot


Published October 2012 | Read More...
A Look Around The World
A Look Around The World
A look around the world at growing, thriving international worship markets.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published October 2012 | Read More...
Smal Houses of Worship
Small Houses Of Worship
Smart businesses would do well to serve smaller congregations. A common misconception is that small HOWs do not have the funds to update their facilities. However, some small HOWs simply need a new vision that inspire them to update their worship facility.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published September 2012 | Read More...
Let The Children Com To Me
'Let The Children Come To Me'
Few industries have the opportunity that churches do to begin reaching out to youngsters before they can even speak, and investing in their religious education and their future secures the future of the congregation.
By Dawn Allcot


Published September 2012 | Read More...
New Government Regulation
New Government Regulation
Breaking down the new act and discussing how it affects programming by HoW and television ministries that are using the internet to share content.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published August 2012 | Read More...
On Time, Under Budget, All Digital
On Time, Under Budget, All Digital
Integrators created a system that "wows" due to its clarity, even sound coverage and expanded capabilities, but the challenge was not met without a few snags.
By Dawn Allcot


Published August 2012 | Read More...
Training the Tech Team
Training the Tech Team
Training HOW volunteers to operate their technology will provide an entry point to the venue that can lead to a winning relationship for all parties.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published July 2012 | Read More...
Excellence, By Desigs
Excellence, By Design
After overcoming environmental, topographical and bureaucratic challenges, Acoustic Dimensions supplied Skyline Church with audiovisual systems 30 years in the making.
By Dawn Allcot


Published July 2012 | Read More...
Power Problems
Power Problems
Many houses of worship do not have clean, stable electrical power. How to address powering more electronics with an antiquated electrical supply system will move business into the future.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published June 2012 | Read More...
Not Your Parent's Catholic Church
Not Your Parent's Catholic Church
Houston TX-based Covenant Communications supplied Prince of Peace Catholic Church with high-end audiovisual systems to reinforce images and song lyrics for the congregation.
By Dawn Allcot


Published June 2012 | Read More...
Tech for Kids
Technology for Kids
HOW leaders are investing in technologies to provide interactive teaching along with a vibrant worship experience for kids.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published May 2012 | Read More...
Keep Simple
Keeping It Simple
Audio Video Electronics found an aesthetically pleasing solution for the audio system in historic Westminster Presbyterian church.
By Dawn Allcot


Published May 2012 | Read More...
Creativity Or Cost Savings?
Creativity Or Cost Savings?
We tackle questions about the best technology for lighting a worship facility.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published April 2012 | Read More...
Church Dream Fulfulled
Church Dream Fulfulled
Mankin Media Systems revamped Silverdale Baptist Church’s AV systems when budgets did not measure up.
By Stephen Roberts


Published April 2012 | Read More...
Creative HOW AV
Creative HOW AV
HOWs continue to increase their AV technology, and some are applying that technology in surprising ways. We offer specific examples.
By Dan Daley


Published April 2012 | Read More...
Managing Stage Volume
Managing Stage Volume
The stage volume in many houses of worship (HOWs) is loud and out of control. Tackling this scenario is part of the job and always leads to additional revenue.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published March 2012 | Read More...
Everything But The Speakers
Everything But The Speakers
New Market MD's Audio Design Solutions upgraded Cedarbrook Community Church's audio/video systems, but never touched the speakers.
By Dawn Allcot


Published March 2012 | Read More...
Cyber Villages
Cyber Villages
The power of social media to build community with people inside and outside the walls of religious institutions presents new opportunities...and new challenges.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published February 2012 | Read More...
The Same, But Different
The Same, But Different
Faithbridge Church calls on Summit Integrated Systems to provide sound, video and lighting in a new sanctuary adjacent to the original worship space.
By Dawn Allcot


Published February 2012 | Read More...
2012 Opps
2012 Opportunities
Most HOWs want to upgrade their existing audio, video and lighting systems, but the challenge is in encouraging HOW leaders to experiment with equipment.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published January 2012 | Read More...
Faith Comes From Hearing
Faith Comes From Hearing

Northumberland PA-based Gelnett & Associates provided St. Mark’s Lutheran Church with acoustical treatments and a new sound system moving the sanctuary into the 21st Century.
By Dawn Allcot

Published January 2012 | Read More...
Back At 2011
Looking Back At 2011

As preparations are made for 2012, it is paramount to
look back at 2011 to see what worked and what didn’t...

By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published December 2011 | Read More...
From Hallway To Chapel
From Hallway To Chapel

When Milwaukee WI-based Cardinal-Stritch University outgrew its current chapel, they called on installer Peak Systems Group for their entire AV system...
By Dawn Allcot


Published December 2011 |
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An Apple Daily

Steve Jobs' creations are causing many technicians and worship leaders to think differently about how ministry is done...
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published November 2011 | Read More...
Future-Proofing Faith

As churches become further interested in upgrading their technology systems, Bloomington MN-based Audio Logic Systems upgraded technology systems for Calvary Church, a Reformed Church of America...
By Dawn Allcot


Published November 2011 | Read More...
Video Projection

Video projection is one of the most sought after technologies in the House of Worship (HOW) market...
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published October 2011 |
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From Traditional To Contemporary
In 15 Minutes Or Less

Many churches today want to incorporate contemporary worship to appeal to the younger generations...
By Dawn Allcot


Published October 2011 |
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Northeast Christian Church Grows and Grows

A new building and new technology support exponential growth and modern worship for the Louisville KY-based HOW.
By Dawn Allcot


Published September 2011 |
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Fall 2011
What Economic Slowdown?

The second half of the year is busy for most HOWs. It is time for us to connect with HOW leaders to determine the importance of the technologies required during this time.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published September 2011 | Read More...
HOWS
Less Is More For Historic Monastery
Traditional churches, such as Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, often face basic audio challenges, and understanding the needs of this market is key to successful AV integration.
By Dawn Allcot


Published August 2011 |
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HOWS
Communication Technologies in HOWS

Technologies are used nearly everywhere to help us process content. What are the appropriate ways to facilitate and synthesize communication in HOWs?
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published July 2011 |
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Dramatic Audio Video Update
Dramatic Audio Video Update

Word of Life Christian Church received a full audio, video and lighting upgrade to promote a cutting edge HOW dynamic.
By Dawn Allcot


Published July 2011 |
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What's In A Name?
What's In A Name?

Worship Pastor, Worship Leader, Media Pastor: Whom do we talk to about communication technologies?
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published June 2011 |
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Tenacious Teamwork

Indiana Wesleyan University, an evangelical Christian institution located in Marion IN that boasts more than 3200 students, has been the state's fastest-growing university for the past two years.
By Dan Ferrisi

Published June 2011 |
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The Problem With Acoustics
The Problem With Acoustics

Most houses of worship (HOWs) have poor acoustics. Perhaps the better, nicer way to say this would be: Most HOWs should improve the acoustics in their auditorium.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published May 2011 |
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High Cost of Fuel
Diverse Worship, Single Space

In an effort to propagate their message with maximal effectiveness and draw in as many congregants as possible, houses of worship have begun to try to reach out to people "where they are." Certainly, the use of AV is a major part of that, in...
By Dan Ferrisi


Published May 2011 |
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High Cost of Fuel
Surviving The High Cost Of Fuel

The soaring price of fuel is causing a chilling effect in the psyche of people around the world. In the United States, the rising price of fuel certainly will impact spending in nearly every sector of society...
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published April 2011 |
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Huge Technology
New Lease On Life

In the past few years—a period of considerable economic difficulty during which people, of necessity, tightened their purse strings—many AV-infused vertical markets have experienced challenges, and the house of worship segment is no exception.
By Dan Ferrisi


Published April 2011 |
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Huge Technology
Church, To Go

The religious world is one of diversity. There is a near-uncountable number of religions, faiths and belief systems thriving in the world, and a recent estimate indicates.
By Dan Ferrisi


Published March 2011 |
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Huge Technology
Prime Time To Develop New Clients

Easter Sunday is the most important day of reflection and celebration in Christian tradition.
By David Lee Jr., PhD


Published March 2011 | Read More...
Huge Technology
Listening To The Hearing Impaired

Hearing-impaired people desire a rich worship experience when they attend a house of worship (HOW), and a growing number of HOWs are providing technology to do just...

Published February 2011 | Read More...
Huge Technology
Sweet Sounds

The religious world is one of diversity. There is a near-uncountable number of religions, faiths and belief systems thriving in the world, and a recent estimate indicates...

Published February 2011

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Huge Technology
Huge Technology For The New Decade

Happy New Year! I hope that you will experience your best year ever. We are now in a new year in a new...

Published January 2011

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Huge Technology
Building More Than A Sanctuary

Analyzing the modern commercial systems integration industry, many argue that the most important thing for which a company...

Published January 2011

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keep the faith
Keeping The Faith

At root, any house of worship audiovisual install comes down to faith: Leaders from the worship center that is being constructed, or in some cases renovated, must invest ...

Published December 2010

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looking back
Looking Back To Keep Moving Forward

Time moves fast these days. The group Kansas has a line in a song from its “Leftoverture” album that says, “It’s been a faster year than yesterday.” Fast and busy describes ...

Published December 2010

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Stage Monitors or In-Ear Monitors

Analog or digital mixing board? Stage monitors (wedges) or in-ear monitors (IEM)? Worship leaders ask me these two questions more than any other ones. Both are valid...

Published November 2010

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Technology: Iconic landmark upgrades

Considered “a jewel in a monumental setting,” the 92-year-old St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue is one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. Recognized for its...

Published November 2010

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Use images to communicate your ideas

We live in an image-driven era. As systems designers and integrators, we should be grateful for this period. I believe that the desire to communicate using images is a primary...

Published October 2010

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‘Spring’ and a prayer

Church @ The Springs, a bustling house of worship in Ocala FL, makes effective use of audio and video technologies in its new facility to ensure its message is heard, understood and...

Published October 2010

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Financial solutions

Many houses of worship (HOWs) want to purchase
new communication technologies to enhance their
members’ worship experience....


Published September 2010

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Analog to digital transition

A digital mixing console is one of the most desired technologies
by many of today’s house of worship (HOW) leaders...


Published August 2010

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Selling better acoustics

Solving house of worship (HOW) acoustic problems is a complicated challenge.

Published July 2010

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'Higher' Education

It has become a given that houses of worship of all sizes, from the largest to the smallest, depend on audiovisual technology

Published June 2010

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Video projection in houses of worship

The video projection system is now one of the most desired communication technologies in Houses of Worship (HOWs).

Published May 2010

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Praise worthy

The story is a familiar one: As houses of worship attempt to connect to the media-centric population of our time...

Published May 2010

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Worship facilities for youth

I believe that children are the future. This well-used expression has been applied to numerous contexts and certainly applies to our industry, as well.

Published April 2010

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Worship that wows

Although immersive visual technology and high-quality lighting, including of the theatrical variety, certainly have found their way into the house of worship segment...

Published April 2010

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Delivering 'The message'

Although immersive visual technology and high-quality lighting, including of the theatrical variety, certainly have found their way into the house of worship segment...

Published March 2010

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Sound advice for the sound team

The sound team plays an important role during a worship service. In many houses of worship (HOWs), the sound team is composed of wonderful volunteers who often rise early to serve their HOW.

Published March 2010

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Media meets 'The message'

There are innumerable reasons why people are drawn to religious services and, indeed, to religion itself.

Published February 2010

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Intelligent lighting control

Lighting is a serious area of concern for many house of worship (HOW) leaders: It is important for establishing moods and ambiences that enhance the worship experience.

Published February 2010

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My top 5 technologies list for 2010

Happy New Year! I am optimistic that 2010 will be a prosperous year for our industry and for each one of you. Unfortunately, 2009 was a troubling year for many people.

Published January 2010

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Culitivate community using imag

We live in an image-driven world. I am writing this while working in a large, beautiful, new house of worship (HOW) in Vienna, Austria.

Published December 2009

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Opportunities for the integrators

With the offer by Cisco to purchase Tandberg and the growth of the digital signage market in 2009, this year may be forever remembered as the year the IT market started its takeover of AV.

Published November 2009

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Trend spotting PART 2

House of Worship leaders are making changes in their organizations. These changes are designed to carry them through the economic downturn.

Published October 2009

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Trend spotting PART 1

Spending money for communication technologies has slowed in the House of Worship (HOW) sector. Spending, however, has not stopped.

Published September 2009

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Circuit riders of the 21st century

House of Worship leaders want to share their faith with as many people as possible.

Published August 2009

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Exuberence exemplified

When one thinks of churches, one's mind might flash back to services attended in childhood, where the only voice to be heard was the pastor's and perhaps the singing of the choir.

Published July 2009

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Small Houses Of Worship In Small Towns

Small Houses of Worship (HOWs) in small towns are potential income sources for systems integrators.

Published June 2009

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