Media Tech Tribe
Roles and Descriptions
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” Isaiah 52:7
“Do not participate in the useless deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;” Ephesians 5:11
“Since many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting to me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in an orderly sequence, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4
The Media-Tech Tribe has one of the most challenging jobs of all our Tribes. Keeping up with the ever-changing world of IT. Reaching out with our message of the love of Jesus through social media, marketing all that we are doing to a lost world, communicating to those at our facilities – Sojourners, staff, and visitors, and always staying one step ahead of the very latest technical development or way of communicating in the world. No small task. The Media-Tech Tribe is prepared, and they are organized!
Precipice Mountain [Mount Precipice, also known as Mount of Precipitation, Mount of the Leap of the Lord, and Mount Kedumim is in Lower Galilee, Near the cities of Nazareth and Nazareth Illit. It is believed by many to be the site of the Rejection of Jesus described in Luke 4:29-30 - The people of Nazareth, not accepting Jesus as Messiah tried to push him from the mountain, but "he passed through the midst of them and went away." Precipice Mountain (where people pursued Jesus) classrooms, meeting rooms and offices. People pursued Jesus, and when they tried to push him away, He passed right through. Appropriate that the Tribes Headquarters is named Precipice Mountain, because they are always pursuing Jesus and pass right through all the obstacles.] is the headquarters for the Media-Tech Tribe, led by the Media-Tech Minister, Scribe, Templekeeper, and Clerks. Additional staffing includes:
The Marketing, Advertising, and Promotion Office and Officer creates and develops materials that we use to get the word out about all the programs, services, workshops, seminars, and events we have at our facility – specifically those available to the public. Publicity releases and opportunities come directly from this Office in cooperation with the Director of Marketing and Communication and review by the Kingdom Ambassador. Everything coming from this office must get our message out, without ever compromising Biblical teaching and goals.
The Director of Marketing and Communication serves as the liaison between the company that designs and develops our logos, and most of our marketing and promotions.
The Kingdom Ambassador [A representative of one royal court to another. According to the KJV, NAS, and NIV reading of Joshua 9:4, the Gibeonites pretended to be official ambassadors from a foreign government as they approached Joshua. The king of Babylon sent official ambassadors to learn of Hezekiah’s power (2 Chron 32:31). Pharaoh Nechoh sent ambassadors to prevent King Josiah of Judah (640-609) from joining in the battle at Megiddo, but Josiah persisted and died (2 Chron 35:21). Faithful ambassadors bring health to a nation (Prov 13:17). Isaiah condemned Israel for sending ambassadors to Egypt seeking military aid rather than seeking God’s aid. (Isa 30:4). While they suffered before God’s announced salvation, the people lamented before God. This included ambassadors who had unsuccessfully worked for peace (Isa 33:7). Israel consistently relied on ambassadors to foreign lands rather than on Yahweh and His plan (Isa 57:9). Jeremiah announced that God had prompted an ambassador to call the nations to punish Edom (Jer 49:14; compare Obad 1), condemned King Zedekiah (597-586 BC.) for sending ambassadors to Egypt seeking help in rebelling against Babylon (Ezek 17:15). Paul saw himself even in prison as an ambassador sent by the divine King to proclaim salvation through Christ to the world (Eph 6:20; compare 2 Cor 5:20).] is the official spokesperson and contact person for the media – our face to the public. This is a very necessary and essential position in today’s world. It is important that any information disseminated about us; our purpose, mission, role, and accountability within the community, be relayed from one person who is very familiar with these issues. The Ambassador makes sure to let people know that we report first and foremost to God.
Together, they manage the various aspects of the Tribe:
The PIE Center (Partners in Innovation & Education) this is the ultimate in the creation of ideas, a business incubator plus way more. Managed by the Innovation Director, assisted by a Scribe, and Clerks, the Center brings in people from all around the world from a variety of fields and education facilities to work with everyday people to come up with new ideas for any number of areas, following the Seven Mountain Theology and beyond. Some of the ideas may be used by our facilities, others may be applied to a variety of business applications. The Center has subject-specific rooms known as Think Tanks where ideas from that subject can continually be discussed and worked on. Think Tank areas include Agriculture, Architecture/Design, Business, Economy, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food Innovation, Government, Housing/Real Estate, Manufacturing, Media/Communication, Religion, and Retail. The Center has an Entrepreneurs Room where people can check out old and existing patents and the process for filing a patent, as well as research other ideas that have been explored in the past. The Room has information regarding the permit processes needed for a variety of projects throughout the state. The Research Lab is an information gathering area where any number of topics can be accessed through the Internet and other sources. Then there is the Financial Resources Room where resources for grants and all kinds of other financing options can be explored.
The PIE Center has several labs where individuals or groups can work on physically creating models or experimental projects. The Research Lab is for any number of miscellaneous projects, Electronics Lab deals with electrical projects, and the Restoration/Repurposing Lab deals with the recycling of any number of items. The Food Lab serves as a test kitchen and has Caleb’s Room [Caleb means bold, impetuous.] for those bold and impetuous enough to try what the Lab is experimenting with. The Qafzeh Cave [Archaeological excavations in the Qafzeh Cave in the mountain found human remains, whose estimated age is 90,000 years old. Those humans were buried properly. Pottery found in the site and other findings indicate that the place was used for residence as well as for burial. During the 20th century the mountain was used as a quarry, now abandoned. Highway 60 goes through a tunnel dug in the mountain in the site of the old quarry, connecting Afula and Jezreel Valley (Arabic - Marj Ibn Amer) directly to Nazareth. In 2009 Pope Benedictus XVI gave a mass on the mountain, during his visit to Israel. 40,000 people participated in the mass.] is where our Dream Team gathers to think, pray, and let the Lord led them to new and innovative ideas.
Finally, the PIE Center has Gamaliel’s Hall, [Gamaliel the Elder ɡəˈmeɪljəl or Rabban Gamaliel I, was a leading authority in the Sanhedrin in the early-1st century CE. He was the son of Simeon ben Hillel, and grandson of the great Jewish teacher, Hillel the Elder, and died twenty years before the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE). He fathered a son, whom he called Simeon, after his father, and a daughter, whose daughter (i.e., Gamaliel's granddaughter) married a priest named Simon ben Nathanael. Gamaliel is a Hebrew name meaning reward of God. In the Christian tradition, Gamaliel is celebrated as a Pharisee doctor of Jewish Law. The Acts of the Apostles speaks of Gamaliel as a man of great respect who spoke in favor of the arrested apostles of Jesus in Acts 5:34, and the Jewish law teacher of Paul the Apostle in Acts 22:3. The Acts of the Apostles introduces Gamaliel as a Pharisee and celebrated doctor of the Mosaic Law in Acts 5:34–40. In the larger context (vs.17–42), Peter and the other apostles are described as being prosecuted before the Sanhedrin and senate (or elders) for continuing to preach the gospel, despite the Jewish authorities having previously prohibited it. The passage describes Gamaliel as presenting an argument against killing the apostles, reminding them about the previous revolts of Theudas and Judas of Galilee which had collapsed quickly after the deaths of those individuals. Gamaliel's advice was accepted after his concluding argument:
"And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel, or this work be of men, it will come to naught: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God." —Acts 5:38–39 The Book of Acts later goes on to describe Paul the Apostle recounting that although "born in Tarsus", he was brought up in Jerusalem "at the feet of Gamaliel, [and] taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers". (Acts 22:3) No details are given about which teachings Paul adopted from Gamaliel, or how much Gamaliel influenced aspects of Christianity. However, there is no other record of Gamaliel ever having taught in public, although the Talmud does describe Gamaliel as teaching a student who displayed "impudence in learning", which a few scholars identify as a possible reference to Paul. The relationship of Paul the Apostle and Judaism continues to be the subject of scholarly debate. Helmut Koester, Professor of Divinity and of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard University, is doubtful that Paul studied under this famous rabbi, arguing that there is a marked contrast in the tolerance that Gamaliel is said to have expressed about Christianity with the "murderous rage" against Christians that Paul is described as having prior to his conversion (Acts 8:1–3)] where seminars and conferences can be held.
GCCC – The Great Commission Communications Center Named for Jesus instructions to the disciples in Matthew 28:18-20 to “…go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit….” which is known as the “Great Commission”. GCCC is headed by a Governor with the assistance of a Scribe, Templekeeper, and Clerks. This is a production facility with the capability of utilizing a variety of media formats dedicated to creating a diverse selection of programming for use in the universally powerful medias of radio and TV broadcast both within and outside of our facility. Within the facility there is a closed-circuit system that operates in conjunction with the Apogee App to allow those at the facility to check for information, view programming, and be entertained. These productions will enhance and make more effective, classes, programs, seminars, workshops, worship services, theatrical productions, and any number of other events throughout the facility with the goal of reaching out to others, just as Jesus instructed. Much of this programming will be used in other broadcast mediums outside of the facility, particularly the Apogee App. Those who are physically unable to attend events, (i.e., shut-ins, the blind, physically challenged individuals) will be able to enjoy the many presentations in the comfort of their own homes – a variety of Christian oriented educational and entertaining programming. To accomplish that task, GCCC has:
A Graphics Production Area that will assist in creating graphs, charts, power points, slides, pictures and other mediums for visual presentations, both in live and recorded productions. It will oversee character generation of graphics and wording in services and all other productions. It will also be responsible for producing power points - creating, developing, enhancing, cropping, enlarging for the computer. All services will be coordinated with Baruch’s to eliminate the possibility of double coverage of the work.
An in-house Closed Circuit Broadcast Facility working in conjunction with the Apogee App allowing for the reception of outside programming from a host of sources and broadcast throughout the facility of a variety of pre-recoded programming. This will allow for a wide range of opportunities for use by our Sojourners, retail operations, and the Loaves and Fishes Conference Center. This system gives us the ability to produce and telecast facility-produced programs on several in-house channels. An additional advantage of this system will be the ability to produce and broadcast an Informational Bulletin Board throughout the facility (Teleboard).
Sound Studios with the ability to record individuals and groups, as well as a voice-over booth for a variety of program opportunities. The Sound Studio can do audio editing and high-speed dubbing. These studios will be used by a variety of our other Tribes as well.
Reporting Missionaries [A mission is a task which God sends a person He has called, to introduce another group of people to salvation in Christ. In the Christian context, the person sent is called a missionary. This person is charged with the task of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to people. The mission of the churches is to send out missionaries to all parts of the world (both within their own community, state, country, and those areas beyond) until everyone has had the opportunity to hear the message of Jesus and accept Him as Lord. Interestingly, the term mission is not found in Scripture, yet the concept of missions permeates the entire Bible.] traveling throughout the facility getting the stories and gathering information for news and other productions that can be used to spread the word through GCCC.
An Advertising Rep handles the sale of advertising for both the network and the newsletter.
One of the two divisions operating within GCCC is the Hallelujah Network [Hal lih lew jah from the Hebrew hallellu-yah and the Greek allelouia meaning “praise ye Jehovah” is an exclamation of praise that recurs frequently in Psalms meaning, “Praise Yahweh!” The word of praise is found in most of the languages into which the Bible has been translated. It is often translated “Praise the Lord” and is used by the writers of various psalms to invite all to join them in praising God for His power, His wisdom, His blessings, and the liberation of His people (Ps 104:35; 105:45; 106:1, 48; 111:1; 112:1; 113:1, 9; 115:18; 116:19; 117:2; 135:1, 21; the first and last verses of Ps 146 to 150) Psalms 146 to 150 are sometimes designated the Hallelujah Psalms. The term in Revelation 19:1, 3, 4, 6 is borrowed from those psalms. [NIBD 412] What better name for the network that produces Christ-centered programs than Hallelujah?!? This the video production facility that creates and produces Tribe related programming. Headed by the Programming Director, the Hallelujah Network will create and produce instructional, worship, and entertainment programming for broadcast within the facility and for use by others via the Apogee App. Additionally, send-home videos/DVDs for the Sojourner’s will allow for an avenue of communication to family and friends not in the immediate area. Those who are physically unable to attend events, shut-ins, the blind, and physically challenged individuals will be able to enjoy both educational and entertaining programming in the comfort of their own homes. A daily news review will be produced using information from wire services to remind residents that worldwide events can and do affect their lives, as well as keeping them updated on happenings within the facility. The Program Director will work with others throughout the facility to create and produce programs using the wide array of quality opportunities provided through the many, classes, seminars, worship and praise services, musical and theatrical productions being held right at the facility. Once program ideas are selected, approved, and scripted, they are assigned to a Production Director, and a team of Remote Evangelists [An evangelist was one who announced good news. Used in a general sense of anyone who proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sometimes in the NT, however, it designates a particular class of ministry, as in Ephesians 4:11. The evangelist founded the church and was not confined to one spot, but moved about in different localities, preaching the Good News concerning Jesus Christ to those who had not heard the message before. [NIBD 329] Our Remote Evangelists are the Hallelujah Network crew that travel wherever necessary to record programming that will help spread the Word. The Evangelists are responsible for going out and recording all the different events, etc. so that the Hallelujah Network can provide coverage to its viewers. The Remote Evangelist crew usually consists of an Assistant TV Director, Camera Operator, CG Operator, Grips, Jib Operator, Media Recorder, Mixer-Production Control, Light Techy, and Sound Techy. They will go to work producing each program. The TV Production Room will have a control room, studio space with a booth for Voiceover, the Audio Engineer, permanent set area, editing bays for the Postproduction Editors, and the meeting and training area for the Remote Evangelists. Either the closed-circuit system and/or the Apogee App will be used to broadcast these programs. The Network maintains an extensive Audio and Video Library overseen by a Librarian and Library Techs, and has production sets, costumes, props and make-up available through Grace Place Theatrical Productions. The Dionysus Room [The theater of Dionysus at Athens, was first used in the sixth century B.C. Modified in Hellenistic and Roman times, the theater contains 64-78 stone tiers and seats 17,500 [NIBD 1007] In show business, the green room is the space in a theatre, studio or similar venue which accommodates performers not yet required on stage. The green room functions as a waiting room and lounge for performers before and after a performance, and during the show when they are not engaged onstage.] is the green room (waiting room) for talent that is participating in any of the GCCC productions and provides the opportunity to pray and share with visitors who come in for productions who are not normally a part of the daily operations at GCCC.
The second division operating within GCCC is The Salt and the Light [Sodium chloride (salt) is an abundant mineral, used as a seasoning for food (Job 6:6) and offerings (Lev 2:13; Ezek 43:24). As a preservative, salt was symbolic of covenants (Num 18:19; 2 Chron 13:5). Both meanings are present in Jesus’ comparison of the disciples to salt (Mt 5:13). Salt was also a symbol of desolation and barrenness, perhaps because of the barrenness of the Dead Sea, the biblical Salt Sea. The “salt pits” of Zephaniah 2:9 were probably located just south of the Dead Sea. Sodium chloride could leech out of the generally impure salt from this area, leaving a tasteless substance (Lk 14:34-35). Jesus said that the children of the Kingdom are the salt of the earth in Matthew 5:13. He uses the analogy of salt losing its “saltiness”. The implication is that Christians must not lose that which makes them distinctive. Since salt is a necessary part of the daily diet, and salt was always used in sacrifices to the Lord (Leviticus 2:13), it wasn’t long before people saw a connection between salt and covenant making. Numbers 18:19 says that offerings to the Lord were to be an ‘Everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord.” Covenants were usually confirmed with sacrificial meals and salt was always present. When a person said, “eat salt with” it meant to share his hospitality. Thus, a covenant of salt was of permanent and perpetual obligation. [NIBD 658] Light, is that which penetrates and dispels darkness. The concept of “light” appears numerous times in both the Old and New Testaments. The first recorded utterance of God in the Bible is “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3), God created light (Gen 1:3). However, a careful reading of the Scriptures reveals that the physical entity that we call “light” is only the second form of light in the universe, since everywhere the Bible declares that God Himself is light. Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light.” In Psalm 104:2, the psalmist testified of the Lord who “covered himself” in light. In John 8:12 Jesus, the Godman, said, “I am the light of the world.” Such expressions make at least two things abundantly clear. First, the origin of light rests with God. Second, in some sense God Himself is the very essence of light. Such statements do not suppose that God is light and nothing more, but they do stress that God is the ultimate source of all knowing and understanding. To this end Psalm 11:105 informs us that God’s Word is a “light” to one’s path. Here the emphasis lies upon perception and understanding gained when darkness is dispelled, and light revealed. This last concept becomes even clearer in John 3:19; people love darkness better than light, because their deeds are evil. Such statements reveal that the character of light is to reveal and to provide understanding and purity, while the opposite of light or darkness is designed to obscure, to deceive, and to harbor impurity. A small problem confronts the interpreter who discovers that Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world.” Yet in John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” What appears to be a contradiction is not one at all. The moon provides light for the earth just as the sun does. Yet, the actual source of light for both the sun and the moon is the sun. The moon only reflects the light of the sun. By the same token, Jesus, the Godman, is the source of all light. His disciples become reflectors in a darkened world, transmitting through their lives the true light of the eternal Son of God. Believers are “People of Light” (Luke 16:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5) and the “Light of the World” (Matthew 5:14).] is the monthly newsletter that we put out, so named to reflect its permanent and perpetual obligation to share the Gospel message with others. The Salt and the Light is created, written, edited, and sent electronically to non-residents of the facility. It is designed to inform, update, and reach out to others (including family and friends of Sojourners and staff) with news and updates of things happening at our facilities. As it informs of facility activities it will show how each is related to our Gospel mission, encouraging others to become involved and become a part of the family of God, and their local church. The Salt and the Light is coordinated by the Editor, working with the Reporting Missionaries, and representatives from all the other Tribes at the facility.
Maranatha Towers [Mahr uh na' thuh is an Aramaic expression Paul used (1 Cor 16:22) in closing a letter to the church at Corinth. Having prayed that those who do not love Christ (compare 1 Cor 13) would be anathema. Paul used a formula probably used in celebration of the Lord’s Supper to pray that Christ would come. This highlighted the urgency of showing love to Christ. One way to show such love would be to obey Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians. Maranatha is actually two Aramaic words. Dividing it as Marana tha means, “Our Lord, come.” Maranatha means, “Our Lord has come.” It reveals the expectant hope in which early Christians lived, watching for the imminent return of Christ. “Our Lord comes!” became an expression of greeting and encouragement as well as of triumphant faith, such as is shown in 1 Corinthians 16:22. The RSV has it as “Our Lord comes, regardless of man’s enmity!” The division of the phrase is disputed by scholars. Whichever division is correct, the Aramaic formula shows that very early the church applied to Jesus the word Lord which otherwise belonged only to God. A tower was a tall edifice erected so watchmen could guard pastures, vineyards, and cities. Towers ranged from small one-room structures to entire fortresses. Archaeological remains confirm the wide usage of towers from the earliest times. Most were made of stones, although some wooden towers have been unearthed. The word is used figuratively of God’s salvation in 2 Samuel 22:51 and symbolized the strength of the Lord’s action (1 Chron 15:23-24; John 18:16). [NIBD 621] The Towers are where the Gatekeepers meet, greet, and direct people coming into the facility with an encouraging word of hope, faith and love.] are strategically placed at entrances throughout our facilities. They are run by Gatekeepers [Often translated “porter” in KJV, was a gatekeeper and not a burden-bearer (2 Sam 18:26; 1 Chron 9:22). The Levites who had charge of the various entrances to the temple were called gatekeepers (1 Chron 9:17; 15:18; 2 Chron 23:19) and were charged with preventing anyone unclean from entering the Temple. In some versions the word used was “doorkeeper” (1 Chron 15:23-24). A gatekeeper was stationed at the city gates guarding access to a place, either a city (2 Sam 18:26; 2 Kings 7:10-11), a residence (John 18:17), the sacred precincts of the ark (1 Chron 9:26; 15:23-24; 26:20-22; Neh 12:25), or the Temple (1 Chron 23:5). and was also placed among the shepherds, where he was responsible for guarding the doors of the sheepfold. In David’s time, the gatekeepers of the temple, who were also guards, numbered four thousand (1 Chron 23:5) [NIBD 720] who meet, greet, and direct people coming into the facility with an encouraging word of hope, faith, and love. The Gatekeeper offers guests, and new Sojourner’s information about and directions around the facility; providing specific information such as how to get involved, volunteer, receive help, participate in programs, or even apply to become a Sojourner. The Maranatha Towers are in place to not only proclaim our faith but to point others in the right direction – literally.
Additional Scriptural Insight for the Media-Tech Tribe: Ps 69:19-20; Prov 25:20; 31:20; Jer 30:17; Mt 25:34-36; 2 Cor 8:13; 10:13-19, Luke 11:34, Philippians 4:8, Psalm 101:3-4, Isaiah 52:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, 1 Corinthians 15:33, James 3:5-11, Matthew 6:22-23, 1 John 2:15-17, Psalm 101:3, Ephesians 5:19-20, Mark 9:43-47, Colossians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:12-13, Isaiah 21:2, Matthew 18:9, Psalm 150:1-6, Ephesians 5:11, Ephesians 5:3, Romans 6:16-22, Luke 1:1-4, Habakkuk 2:2, Psalm 23:1-6, Romans 12:2, James 5:16, Ephesians 4:29, 1 Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 5:15-16, 1 Corinthians 10:23, John 8:32, Revelation 12:9, Revelation 1:1-20, Colossians 2:1-23, Luke 21:34-36, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 2 Timothy 3:1, Ecclesiastes 7:1-29, Esther 10:2, Romans 6:16, Isaiah 3:1-26