Check out my interview with Diane Kist at Whitewater Crossing Christian Church.
1. Can you give me some background about the church and how long you have been there? Whitewater Crossing enjoyed a rebirth several years ago, buying 72 acres of land and not looking back! Over the past four years, they’ve actually tripled in size and have again started to run out of space–a great problem to have! Diane Kist has been at Whitewater since 2002 and currently serves as Assistant to Senior and Office Manager, where she is in charge of scheduling, keeping communication open for the staff and the calendar, as well as the website.
How has the use of technology changed the way you do church? They have been doing almost everything electronically! So much more communication with the congregation has been possible like online giving, database management, and more, and their paper trail is all but gone. The church has also set up a Facebook page, their own channel on YouTube, and account with Twitter
How are you using media to communicate your message? They are using projectors during worship to display words and video content, recording their sermons online, and they are hoping to begin to stream live sermons online as well in the near future. However, they don’t neglect “traditional” forms of advertising like yard signs, billboards, and mail-outs to the communities around the church.
Has the use of technology helped your ministry change lives? Technology makes church a lot more “interesting” and easy for people to invite others to hear the message–they have even created a Small Groups DVD in-house that is being sent to Afghanistan and around the world. Throughout it all, they have an “open-door” policy that invites people to come and check them out, but at the same time the key is to get people to the church to hear a message that’s biblical in nature