This post is a good month over due, but I wanted to make sure you knew about the Tech Arts Network. The Tech Arts Network grew out of several after-show conversations between Colin Burch, Van Metschke, Daniel Murphy, John David Boering and myself. We were happily recording episodes of FaithTools every once in a while, but kept dreaming about a network similar to what Leo Laporte has built. That is, a one-stop shop for all manner of podcasts for the church techie. We felt there was a need, but didn’t really know how to start it.
Then one day, Colin decided to take the bull by the horns and start building the site. What started out as just an idea has now grown into a small network with five shows already (we’re 30 days in, remember!) and several more in development. All of these shows are available at www.techartsnetwork.com:
FaithTools—The show that started it all. This mostly monthly show is a roundtable discussion of all kinds of tech related topics. You never know who will be on and what we’ll be talking about, but it’s always a lot of fun.
Church Tech Weekly—If you’ve been on this site at all, you know about this one. I’m quite often joined by Van and we have a semi-regular cast of characters who show up as we can get them on. We typically deal with one topic at a time, and shoot for a 30 min time length (though we almost never make it...)
Church TD Profiles—Ever wonder how other TDs got their start in ministry? This show will answer that for you. Van interviews TDs from all over the country and finds out how they landed in this role and what some of their greatest challenges and accomplishments are. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow TDs. A new episode comes out every week.
Church Spin—Hosted by Hal Swift ChurchSpin attempts to answer the question, How should the church be using technology anyway? This is also a weekly show with an ever-changing table of guests.
Church Grip—Rick Russell leads this short podcast that handles a single topic each week. If you’re short on time, but need to keep boned up on technology, this is the show for you.
As I said, we have other shows in development and we hope to continue to expand our offerings to cover all aspects of church technology. If you haven’t been to the site, check it out. Listen to a few podcasts and leave a comment. We’re working hard to make this a valuable offering for you, the church techie—let us know what you’d like to hear and we’ll work on it. Or better yet, start a show yourself and let’s get you on the network!