The technology team at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, CA, recently wired three of their seven remote campuses to receive live satellite broadcasts from the main church with help from Ka You Communications.
In the near future, all of the California campuses will be connected, and eventually the church’s four international campuses will be linked.
“It’s amazing how a satellite transmission can energize a worship service,” says Ka You President Linda Gimourginas. “We get fired up every time a campus goes ‘live.’ The immediacy of the message is simply transforming.”
According to Ka You, the mission-focused satellite services company spent 10 months designing, building, and testing at Saddleback before transmitting the first remote feed at Rancho Capistrano last October. Since then, campuses at San Clemente and The Grove have been linked.
In addition, Saddleback received hands-on training from the Ka You team so that it can now run the system and do future installations on its own, thus reducing the church’s costs and giving it the flexibility to add additional campuses when it is ready.
“We may be geeks at heart, but we get pumped when a congregation can see its main pastor on the big screen,” adds Gimourginas. “To be a part of the ‘big picture’ is deeply rewarding.”
Mark Johnson, Ka You’s Director of Technology, says satellite makes sense for a growing church because it reliably delivers live, high-definition video and audio feeds with no delays, and the cost to add a campus becomes less expensive once the initial setup is made.
Multi-site churches like Saddleback, the company adds, can now utilize the same satellite technology used in commercial broadcasting but apply it cost-effectively and efficiently to grow their ministries.
“The future of churches is really about returning to their community roots,” explains Gimourginas. “What we’re seeing now is smaller campuses tied to a main church with a teaching pastor. If a smaller site can’t afford to have a full-time pastor, satellite helps bridge that gap.”
To date, the Ka You team has worked with clients all over the globe. They believe satellite will play an increasingly important role as dynamic churches look for new ways to grow and expand their reach.
Published: January 30, 2014