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on January 5, 2016 9:54 am EST
Hitachi Projectors Bring Montana Church’s Mission into Focus
Evangelical Free Church of Bozeman, Mont., uses technology to give worshippers a clear view of the pastor and song lyrics.
Evangelical Free Church, Bozeman, Mont.
Each Sunday, nearly 1,500 people attend services at the Evangelical Free Church of Bozeman, known locally as "E Free." To ensure worshippers a clear view of the pastor as well as the lyrics to the worship songs, Technical Ministry Director Kyle Blackmore reports that he relies on a lineup of Hitachi projectors purchased through CCI Solutions of Olympia, Wash.
At the front of the sanctuary, two Hitachi CP-WX8265 projectors display words as well as live video of the sermon in progress; at the rear of the sanctuary, another Hitachi projector is used as the confidence projector, beaming sermons, lyrics and whatever else the person behind the pulpit needs to see to stay in sync with the worshippers. Those three projectors do the bulk of the church’s heavy lifting, often operating for 12 consecutive hours on Sundays, beginning with the 8 a.m. service, but they constitute less than half of E Free’s Hitachi inventory.
“It’s the quality,” says Blackmore. “When you’re talking about projectors, there are distinct categories. We’re not in the rock concert realm but we are at the high end of the business-use category. We need HD and we need the lumens. Hitachi has that nailed.” Multi-use & multi-function gear
While the three projectors in the sanctuary play a critical role, Blackmore uses Hitachi equipment throughout the building to help deliver on the church’s mission to serve a community beyond its own membership. Whether for men’s or women’s ministries, recovery group meetings, an organization for home schoolers, summer camp organizers and attendees or a worship group for students at nearby Montana State University, the church currently has three projectors mounted in classrooms and two projectors that are each stationed on carts and moved where they’re needed.
Blackmore has the projectors networked; he knows exactly which groups are using which projectors and for how long, information he says could be useful if the church ever needs to charge for space.
Blackmore cites the many benefits of Hitachi projectors as the reason he plans to invest in additional units in the near future. Thanks to the self-cleaning components on the two ceiling-mounted projectors in the main sanctuary, he only has to go up on a ladder once a year. And since Blackmore has the projectors networked; he knows exactly which groups are using which projectors and for how long, information he says could be useful if the church ever needs to charge for space. Having the projectors networked also enabled him to program each unit to generate an email if it’s left running, which prompts someone in the building to shut the computer down, saving power and extending the life of the bulb.