On the Air with Brunstad Bible School
There is a buzz of voices at Brunstad Bible School’s teaching facility, while over 200 young people stream in through the doors. For the first time, teaching will be broadcast via streaming, so it’s not good form to come late.
By: Berit H. Nilsen – Photo: Brunstad Bible School/BCC
– From now on, we must learn to be punctual, so we get here on time, growls Bjørn Nilsen good-naturedly from the stage. – Today is the first time the lesson is being broadcast to young people participating in BCC’s youth program in other countries, so it’s important that we get here on time.
A dedicated production team sets itself up in the teaching facility, led by Stian Solli from BrunstadTV. We have been working for a while to ensure that the technology works and we are excited to see whether everything functions as it should, now that we are on the air, he says. I have been in touch with the various locations that are going to receive the class streaming, and we have run a test, so we hope that things will go well this evening.
Even though many are sitting waiting for the signal from the class at Brunstad, the majority of the listeners are sitting in the facility where teaching is to take place.
Now everything is as it should, and Bjørn Nilsen starts to instruct about today’s theme, which centers on the Church throughout history and Jesus’ Great Commission. Nilsen teaches with enthusiasm and inspiration, and the pupils listen attentively. Tonight, there are three teachers present, and they switch amongst themselves, teaching about different aspects of the theme. The youth thumb keenly through the teaching material and follow along in the 45 minutes before the break.
Skills for the Future
At the back of the hall Solli smiles relieved. It worked well, both sound and image are broadcasted in good quality, and we have received feed-back that everything is good, both for the Norwegian and foreign locations.
The young people who are taking care of the camera, sound and image mix are also members of Brunstad Bible School. For us this is a fine arena for recruitment, and we can make good use of the voluntary effort, Solli says. However, it is a win-win situation, because the young people who have been taught here about sound, light and image technology can also contribute technically in their local church in the future.
Technology is Expensive – But it also Provides Opportunities
When the evening’s instruction is over, Bjørn Nilsen is eager to find out how the broadcast went. Feedback from several places shows that it was a great success, and the youth sitting in other countries and towns have benefited from the interesting instruction.
The possibilities that technology gives us is fantastic, Nilsen says. Of course, it costs money to set this up, both in regard to production and distribution, but using money on something which can contribute to giving young people knowledge and help in life is well spent.
“Of course, it costs money to set this up, both in regard to production and distribution, but using money on something which can contribute to giving young people knowledge and help in life is well spent. ”
Bjørn Nilsen, Brunstad Bible School
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