Atlanta's Gwinnett Church, part of North Point Ministries, uses technology as a tool for greater human connection—with staff, volunteers and attendees. One of six churches in the Atlanta area closely affiliated with North Point Ministries, Gwinnett Church in Sugar Hill, Ga., recently completed construction and outfitting of a new, 1,300-seat worship center. Sign Up for Our Email NewsletterDesigned for tech directors and systems operators in churches like yours, our newsletter provides you with updates, articles, news, products and more! Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. Presentation by Prof Ohn lwin from the University of Forestry Myanmar at the ASFN 6th Conference at Inle Lake in June 2015. The most common approaches employed by laboratories to prioritize cases include working high-profile cases first (homicides, sexual assaults, etc.) and limiting the number of items analyzed for each case. Laboratories have developed numerous prioritization schemes that are usually implemented with the understanding that well-justified exceptions will be made. The decision-making process involves different stakeholders who place different weights on different decision criteria. The center’s main sanctuary, called the Theater, features outstanding audio, video and lighting technologies to provide the powerful and absorbing worship experience that North Point churches have become known for and that have been major factor in their growth. It is imperative that submitting agencies, laboratories and prosecutors continually discuss prioritization of cases with the goal of analyzing the most probative samples for a case as quickly as possible. We can view the process as starting at manufacturing companies, where designers and developers need to select a particular technology for a particular task (such as the synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes).
But these technology leaders agree that moving forward is as much about the people as the technology.
Experts assess each proposed technology relative to the decision criteria through probability distributions based on experimental science or experience.


This allows the laboratory to work efficiently, which benefits everyone involved in the criminal justice system.
The MCDA model integrates all of this information by comparing the technologies to determine which performs best on each criterion, and computes an overall preference score across criteria for each technology for each stakeholder group.
His parents were church planters who moved the family to the Atlanta area from the mission field in Lima, Peru, when Varner was just 10 years old. The VoI investigation explores the uncertainty in the MCDA results to determine how new information gained through research might impact the selection decision.
At 15, he was volunteering and learning about sound at his parents' Spanish-speaking church. If the overall score for a particular stakeholder group can be significantly improved by establishing technological details with certainty, then a research programme that is capable of providing this information may be highly valuable to those stakeholders. As he describes it, running productions on his own forced him to get into situations that he had to get himself out of. During his last summer there, he met someone who had worked at North Point Ministries who made an introduction for him and he was soon volunteering and working part-time for North Point in their middle school environment. Being at North Point regularly allowed Varner the opportunity to help out with productions in the main auditorium and, after two years, he was awarded a position as a full-time production associate. Working at North Point, Varner was able to assist with the weekend services that included capturing the weekly message given by Senior Pastor Andy Stanley.
Varner was able to take what he learned by working at North Point and use that in his next position within the organization as the technical director of Gwinnett Church. Looking back, Varner sees how his experience and the people around him were his path—and how working his way up prepared him for larger productions and larger organizations. And, in the case of Gwinnett's new building, that included a neighborhood in close proximity to the church.


One of their first technical challenges was how to design a “no compromises” audio environment for worship that would support Gwinnett's high-energy services and not disturb the surrounding community (some houses are just 300 feet from the back wall of the stage).
To reduce sound levels outside the building, the building design specified concrete walls and a concrete roof.
Most importantly, Gwinnett looked to its long-time technology collaborators, Clark of Atlanta (with offices in Dallas, Austin and Los Angeles) to help them build an audio system that would provide great sound for the congregation, but not leak from the building.“Clark has had a close and trusted relationship with North Point Ministries for over 18 years,” says Houston Clark, a principal and co-founder of Clark. He credits the strong relationship and the company's continued success in good part to a philosophy that, while Clark is a “one-source” for all church technology needs, they deliver quality by treating the areas of design, installation and commissioning of systems equally and separately. Ed Crippen, Clark’s design engineer on Gwinnett's audio system, notes that, in this case, the audio design was driven by Gwinnett's desire to be a good neighbor.
To do that, we needed to build a system that would give us precise control of the SPL gradient through the defined listening area.” Crippen's goal was to create a system with just ±3 dB variation across the seating area, then [with] a dramatic decrease in acoustic energy outside that area to minimize reflections in the room, as well as leakage to the outside.
Audio SpecificsTo meet the unique design specifications for audio, Crippen worked closely with George Clark, co-founder and chief designer at Clark. Presenting several alternatives to Varner, the Gwinnett team was most impressed with the performance of Martin Audio MLA Compact self-powered multi-cellular array loudspeakers.
To control energy from low frequencies with a minimal number of boxes, Crippen made the decision to add cardioid subwoofers to the system. According to Crippen, the sound system meets the design criteria with careful measurement showing a 15-20 dB drop beyond the last row of seats.



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