You might wonder why we push a multimedia company on a blog like this. Fowler has been most helpful in providing resources to make this blog possible. As the editor, I wanted to repay the favor. Our desire is to help churches find reliable resources that will advance their ministry using professional tools and skilled technicians. Fowler has a team of skilled men and women that understand exactly the work that churches do. This team appreciates the scope of your ministry and the burden of your heart. That is why over the past 16 years Fowler has blessed so many congregations by delivering a system customized for each church. You can safely trust their sales people to have your best interest at heart. When you can trust someone you can move forward without wondering about the motives of the person, or their skill level.
Trust is a beutiful thing. You can trust Fowler. Call them today and discuss your dreams. Remember, dreams cost money. In this world you pretty much get what you pay for. A good projection and lighting system is not cheap. You shouldn’t expect it to be. Think of a system designed for your church as a finely tuned instrument. Your system will be presenting before your people every time you have a public service. Get the best going in and expect the best each time you use it. Lean on the comfort of Fowler’s 24-hour tech support. Not just a slogan–their team is available to your team every hour of the day and night. That’s comfort. That’s protection. That’s stewardship. That’s ministry on call.
The pastor or worship leader might be dreaming of the day their church can have a state-of-the-art multimedia system operating in their services. There can be any number of reasons why that dream goes unfulfilled. One is budget, another might be attitudes, yet another might be fear. Let’s look at these three today.
1. Budget. We don’t have the money for this. We can’t afford it. Offerings are down. We can all agree these are weighty reasons why you might delay. We have found that churches can usually find the money for any project the congregation is sold on. The first order of business is let the church know your dream. In Jeremiah 23 the Scripture says, “The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream…” Let’s take that thought and apply the words to this matter before us. Tell your dream. Make your dream come alive for your people. If you will awaken them to your dreams they will help you pray and realize your goal. God’s people have three kinds of money: Spending money; Giving money; and Keeping money. Their spending money is for the everyday needs of the home and joy. Their giving is usually reserved for the church, charity and other worthy causes. Their keeping money is for a rainy day, or retirement, or for some special occasion or project. If your dream is kept from your people you will have very little opportunity to know if one or more of your supporters would fund your project. Tell them about it. Let them see your heart. Let them know what a new multimedia system can do for the church. Don’t make the mistake of talking to the church before you have a detailed idea of what a good system will cost. If you do you are likely to get more feedback than you want. You are the one that will have to live with your multimedia system. So determine exactly what you want to accomplish once your system is in place. Get a vision for this in your mind and heart. Now, what will that vision cost in real dollars. Don’t squeeze your dream at this point–let it run. Let Fowler work up two proposals for you. One is exactly what you are dreaming about. The other proposal might be a bare-bones system.
2. Attitudes: This one can be a real roadblock. All churches have one or two or three people who seem to be the prophets of doom to most new ideas and projects. These people talk. They talk to you. They talk to their pew neighbors. They talk to their Sunday school classes. They let people know their thoughts. Don’t beat these folks up. You know who they are. Go to them one on one and sell them on your idea privately. Get them on board early. Encourage these “talkers” to help you sell this idea to the church. When you do this–it becomes their idea. They’ll own it. They’ll be proud of it. Probably no one has ever asked their opinion before (you really haven’t had to) . Then watch them work for you. People love to be let in on the ground floor of things. Attitudes can be changed for the better–it takes prayer, care and a little one-on-one time.
3. Fear. Sometimes the man of God is fearful. He might be asking himself, “Is this the right time”? “What will Bob think of this”? “Will this really be the best use of funds at this time?” All kinds of questions might hinder your going forward. This is not a new emotion or challenge for the pastor or leader. Down through the long years men have wrestled with themselves. I love the command in Scripture that says, “Let not your heart be troubled:” A troubled heart can cause delay. Go to the clearing house for all trouble–go to God. Pray until you have a clear mind. Pray until you have His peace. Then proceed with all haste and diligence. What God orders, He pays for.
Don’t just use Fowler as a source for product knowledge. When you have them on the phone ask your sales person to make your project a matter of serious prayer. These people have regular times to pray. Build a relationship with your sales person. Let him or her feel your burden for the church. Call them at 800-729-0163. Their website: www.fowlerinc.com Tell your dream first to Fowler team. They will help you prepare for the day you share your dream with the congregation.