Toronto Minister Sees Profit Of Podcasting

As churches attempt new methods to deliver their message, one Toronto-space minister
believes video podcasting includes a future within the ministry.
Rev. Tim Elliott, honourary assistant at The Church of the Redeemer, and former
rector of Christ Church Deer Park recently released a video podcast of his
presentation Jazz for keeps: A pathway to balance.
The presentation is a mix of jazz piano, scripture and speech, and proposes that
improvisation, rhythm, listening and freedom are keys to living a balanced life.
Rather than being limited to a select group who attended the event, anyone can read
the presentation by downloading a copy of the podcast.
A podcast is an audio or video file printed on the Internet and offered for
download. Users will subscribe to the podcast and can automatically learn of
new episodes as they are posted, said Sean Paddison, president of Northstreams
Inc., the corporate that filmed, created, and hosts Rev. Elliott’s podcast.
Video podcasting provides an opportunity for churches to succeed in out to folks who
might not normally be interested in attending a service, Rev. Elliott said.
“If the message is offered, if you don’t have to travel to church but you could
download the message and watch a podcast, then you may actually have an interest
in visiting attend one [service] and becoming a part of the Christian community,”
he said.
As a result of podcasts are published on the Web, they are out there to the entire
world, making anyone a possible viewer or listener.
“Podcasting could be a great method to broadcast your message via the Internet. It allows you
to take any recording of your service or sermon and publish it on-line as a podcast,”
Paddison said.
“Once they need been uploaded to the Internet, podcasts are sometimes archived. Therefore
not only can someone see the most recent service, they’ll download a service
from a week, month or perhaps a year ago, if they wanted to.”
“Podcasting is the cutting-edge of Internet technology. Lots of people are doing it,
and even a lot of are watching and paying attention to them. They’re a nice chance for
people to form quality productions while not huge expense,” he said.
Churches often distribute cassettes, and within the past have broadcasted services on
the radio. Rev. Elliott believes podcasts have the potential to be the subsequent step within the
evolution of distributing recordings of sermons and services.
A podcast might also charm to those who are away on weekends or traveling and
want to remain connected to a church, or anyone wanting for a message, he said.
“People that may’t return to church – that is the elderly, the shut-ins and the sick –
the church traditionally has invariably been involved regarding those folks,” he said.
Podcasting has potential because the clergy is innovative and usually embraces new
strategies and technologies to deliver their message.
“Most of the clergy that I grasp are highly creative individuals, and are sometimes trying
for opportunities for their own congregations to move forward and do fascinating
things in ministry,” he said.
He points out that the clergy were a number of the earliest users of the Internet because
it provided access to a massive variety of music, thus publishing services as podcasts is
quite viable.
Though Rev. Elliott sees the potential for podcasting, he still thinks the most effective manner to
worship is as a group.
“I do not assume there’s any substitute for being together nose to nose, however it is not forever
attainable these days. And thus if individuals wish to remain connected, there are
technological ways in which you can keep connected without having to be there.” BOLA TANGKAS