Dave Clark

3 comments | Posted: 16 May 10 in Interviews, by Yannick Lyn Fatt

Dave Clark Dave Clark is a director on the creative team at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX. Dave and his team have been doing some impressive work and I’ve been itching to interview him for quite some time. I recently contacted Dave and finally got the opportunity to do so and I’m happy to share that interview with you all now.


Yannick:

You’ve been involved with Church media for quite some time now, could you share with us how you got started in multimedia?

Dave:

I am a Pastors Kid, born on the front pew. =) As far back as I can remember I have been involved in church, in some form or fashion. My father was a music minister for about 20 years or so before becoming a senior pastor. So, since he was involved in music it was easy for me to jump in and run lights, audio or video. I remember being 8 or 9 years old and running tech in church.

From there I got my hands on my first 386 computer when I was about 13 years old and couldn’t get enough. I just sort of had a knack for it. I remember having to rebuild my Dad’s computer a few times because I had messed up a few things here and there. =)

I started dabbling in video production in high school and then even more in college. I soaked as much in as I could from friends and from tutorials that I could find on Google. It’s amazing how much you can learn if you really want to. You just have to be a self-starter and self-teacher. I have never really had any formal training in media. I was a pastoral ministries major in college with a minor in music. Everything I have learned in Media & Tech has been from peers or self taught.


Yannick:

Do you think it’s necessary for media and technology to be used in church services, especially in this day and age?

Dave:

I think necessity just depends on who you are trying to reach. There are some people who don’t like media in church. That’s why we need lots of different kinds of churches because there are lots of different kinds of people out there.

I do believe that we live a culture today that is constantly competing for peoples attention and too often the Church goes unnoticed. I think we have an awesome opportunity now, in the day and age which we live in to leverage media and technology and to draw attention to the good news of Jesus Christ. We can leverage media and technology to “compel them to come in.” Luke 14:23


Yannick:

For churches new to putting video and audio on the web, what software and equipment would you recommend to stream services or record sermons?

Dave:

This is a great question and I really think a lot of it depends on what type of budget you are on. The good news is though that there are tons of options out there to do things on a tight budget and relatively cheap or if your budget allows you to use a more professional solution. The good news is that there is something for everyone no matter where you are at as an organization.

If you need cheap solutions you can use Vimeo, YouTube, USTREAM or livestream. All of these work well on a smaller scale. If you have a budget you can look at solutions like Multicast Media or Lightcast Media. Both are really quality solutions that I have experience with. As far as edit and capture go, I would say Final Cut Pro is my winner.


Yannick:

There’s a big debate on the web about using Flash vs the HTML5 video and audio elements. Will Fellowship Church go the HTML5 route, stick with Flash, or offer both? Also will you offer audio or video in the Ogg Vorbis format?

Dave:

I am defiantly a fan of web standards and believe that we will go the route of sticking with HTML5 in the future. Flash has way too many drawbacks in the long haul. I think in the interim period while systems and services are playing catch up to start offering MP4 h.264, I think we will see more and more services offering a hybrid solution of both flash and h.264, much like YouTube currently does.


Yannick:

Your team has made some amazing videos available online. What impact have these videos had? Have they greatly improved church turnout? What sorts of feedback have you received?

Dave:

It really depends on the video. Some are just promos and spots trying to draw peoples attention to an event or series that is coming up. Other videos are incredible stories of lives being changed. The hope is that no matter what the video is, we would be able to craft it in such a way that it would draw a response from people. Whether that’s to call people to get involved, get baptized or to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

All of the hard work is worth it when we hear stories of how people came to Fellowship Church for the first time and it blows their mind, or they are sitting in a service and their heart is touched, or they are compelled to jump in and serve. It fuels us to keep pushing even harder when we hear the stories of lives being impacted through the weekend experiences here at Fellowship Church. And the media and tech is just one piece of the puzzle. The worship music, announcements, videos and message are all carefully and meticulously crafted to make sure that we are effectively communicating the hope of Jesus Christ.


Yannick:

You wrote an article awhile back titled Exit Stage Left: Recalibrate Your Heart for Church Production magazine, encouraging those behind the scenes to remember the “why” of what they do. What prompted this post?

Dave:

I just really wanted to encourage those who are usually behind the scenes tweaking dials or crafting code to make sure that we are not hiding behind our gear. I’ve been guilty of it and I know others have been there too. We need to be sure we are getting on our knees and serving those around us. We need to be personally serving and consistently inviting people to know Jesus.


Yannick:

All work and no play makes one dull. When you’re not working, what pastimes help keep you sharp?

Dave:

I enjoy movies, music, video games and all other kinds of geeky stuff. My wife makes fun of me. =) I also love to play with my kids, go on a date with my wife, hang with friends, go for a run or anything else that is a change of pace. It’s important to change your rhythm once in a while. I also enjoy connecting with other church media/tech/web guys and talk shop. Love to hear what others are doing in the Church today.


Yannick:

Tell us about your love for Christ and how you came to be a Christian.

Dave:

Being born and raised in the Church, I accepted Christ at a very early age at a kids service. Although, it wasn’t until my teenage years that my faith was deepened and my relationship with Christ really became alive. Playing sports in High School really challenged my faith and drove me to a deeper relationship with Christ. I had and still have some amazing mentors and men who helped me grow in my love for Christ. I realized at about 17 years of age that I was called to serve the Church and was unfulfilled doing anything outside of that.

It has been an amazing journey serving Christ and I cannot imagine trying to do life without Him. He has blessed me and my family in so many ways I cannot even begin to count. A great life verse for me is Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.


You can keep up with Dave on his blog and via Twitter — @dave_clark.

Discuss This Topic

  1. 1 David Russell

    Dave Clark rocks.

     
  2. 2 Dave Clark

    Thanks for the interview Yannick. And thanks for the props D-Russ

     
  3. 3 Jeremy Sexton

    Man, they’ll interview anyone these days… ;-)

    Woot woot, Clarky.

     

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