In 1989, the Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois drew 150 people a week. Today it ministers to about 7,500 people at two locations.
To serve such a large congregation, Parkview’s Worship and Chapel centers both needed large format projection systems for broadcasting live audio, video and content to their local audience for image magnification (IMAG.) In addition to IMAG, facilities manager Chuck Mitchell wanted to capture, record and stream services and events live over the Internet for remote members. And for that, he turned to AVI. After all, said Mitchell, “You can’t have one of the largest churches in the country using technology from the last century – our parishioners would never have it.”
The Worship Center, which houses over 1,700 members, uses three 3-Chip DLP Projectors and three large format video projection screens for IMAG. A combination of broadcast studio cameras and pan/tilt/zoom cameras capture high definition video from a wide range of positions throughout the facility; two cameras are located in the audience, while the pan/tilt/zoom cameras are remotely controlled from the main rear control room. Content is brought in through Pro Presenter software on a pair of Apple computers. Services are then broadcast live throughout the facility on the projection screens, and streamed live over the web.
The Chapel, used mainly for weddings and Worship Center overflow, houses three video projectors and large format screens for presenting content. The chapel is also used for smaller worship sessions during the week.
AVI’s solution equipped Parkview to accommodate current members – and in so doing made the church even more inviting to future worshippers.