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About 30 years ago, during my training for ministry, I conducted my first funeral service. It was a family funeral. A great uncle of mine had died and I was asked to conduct the service. Some other family members were not able to attend the service, and unbeknown to me a cousin had arranged with the Crematorium staff for the service to be recorded. The service went well, my uncle had a good send off, and I had notched up the first of what would become a 4 figure number of funerals. I felt uneasy that the service had been committed to a C60 cassette tape, and I sought assurance that after it had been listened to the recording would be destroyed. But many, many years later when my parents were moving house I was reunited with the C60 cassette tape! I listened to it. Not bad for a first one, but how my style had changed, and I had said things that I wouldn’t now.
My attitude to the recorded funeral service has changed too. Nowadays I frequently record the audio of a funeral service, and can make it available on a CD or more often an MP3 file to stream via the internet, for family and friends unable to travel to be at the service.
Technology has changed, attitudes change… But video live stream for a funeral… a step too far… we’ll see what I think in a few years!
Covid19 update – have now recorded audio at a few graveside services. Would consider video now.
Always ask for feedback after an event or meeting. Why? Because some,but not all, will give it anyway and you’ll hear the extremes but not the overall picture. The folk who will say, “complete waste of time and money”, will tell you anyway and we all know that the negative comments linger with us much more than the positive ones. The comments “that was a really helpful and productive meeting”, may come anyway too. But what of all the middle ground? Asking for simple feedback: What went well? What could have been even better? What will you take away from this event? will give an overall context. If the majority of feedback is positive, then the negative (and the overly positive) can be seen as one person’s opinion.
Always ask for feedback, and be prepared to work on upping your game if the overall comment warrants it. Be encouraged where overall feedback is good and don’t let one negative comment get in the way.
How to adapt to changing times with Simon Sinek…
Back in February 2001, nearly 20 years ago, I registered the domain name itsforministry.org – IT’s for Ministry. Initially this was a place to host “Talks to Children”. Talks2Children.itsforministry.org is still there, with some Children’s Address type ideas. It hasn’t been updated for a while!
IT, Information technology has supported the ministry of the Church in many ways in recent decades, and now in the midst of the Covid19 outbreak we are making use of various virtual mission and pastoral opportunities for Church.
I’ll post some helpful links and tips here… as we negotiate steep learning curves… into the world of Digital Ministry.