This week we launched Proclaim version 1.23. And I am legit super excited.
In October of 2013, we moved from Nashville, TN to Bellingham, WA to begin working with the team here at Logos. One aspect of my new responsibilities includes being the Program Manager for our Proclaim Church Presentation software. In other words, a childhood dream come true.
I was that geeky, techie kid at the church who preferred hanging out in the sound booth than anywhere else. My home church had me up in the sound booth at... I don't know... 11? 12? This, of course, led to me running production at my university's BSU and then to my first job at LifeWay, being in charge of live production for Centrifuge and the student events department.
And now, after years of striving to create the best possible presentations with software that didn't quite cut it... now, I get to serve the Church by making Proclaim an amazing, robust tool for worship. And it is so humbling to get to be a part of this team.
This update is important to me because it introduces a new media browser view. In this new view we've taken all the free media and Pro Media from Proclaim and organized it in a dynamic browser. It's not hyperbole to say that this is the kind of tool I've always dreamed of having while preparing for Sunday morning.
When building an order of service, the media minister is usually going for a tone or style that matches the songs to be played and the theme of the sermon. But - and I know this from personal experience - we end up getting stuck in a cycle of using the same motion backgrounds or stills over and over again. Why? Because we forget what else we have!
A normal file browser experience just does not work for an artist. There's no flavor, there's no discovery, there's no sense of theme connecting filename.jpg to anotherfilename.jpg. It just doesn't work.
Since we started building this feature a few weeks ago, every now and then I will load up the app and just look. Just skim through the amazing art that our team has prepared for Sunday morning. Knowing that we get to take a small part in setting the one for worship across the country... it's crazy. It's humbling and honoring and exciting all at the same time.
For those of you who use Proclaim, thanks for letting us be a part of your service each week. And if you don't currently use Proclaim, connect with me and let me know what you need in a presentation tool - I always love hearing how we can serve the Church better. Thanks, and enjoy the newest update to Proclaim, available now.