Snohomish, WA (May 3, 2005)–AV industry veteran Greg Silsby has formed a new nonprofit, non-denominational association of media technicians involved in churches and related ministries. “The Fellowship of Technical Ministries (FTM) is a logical response to highly recognized needs accompanying the adoption of today’s media technology by the religious community,” Silsby stated.
By creating an international network of local chapters, and with the cooperation of industry, FTM will help to facilitate education, personal growth and communications. The primary focus of FTM is on improving the service of those responsible for operating audio, video, lighting and computer systems, with an emphasis on skills enhancement and personal growth. “At the same time,” Silsby pointed out, “FTM affords the AV industry unique opportunities to get close to the customer–to communicate effectively with equipment operators and decision makers in this incredibly large market segment.”
As with similar professional society models found in broadcast engineering and other user segments, the Fellowship of Technical Ministries members will benefit from meeting regularly, on a local basis, with people who have common principles, purposes and problems. “FTM is a support mechanism,” according to Silsby, “so we are not in competition with systems integrators, equipment sellers, consultants, magazines or training organizations. Instead, we want to bring our members a better knowledge of those resources that exist and offer growth opportunities for all involved. Our objective is to create a true win-win situation.”
Those interested in learning more about creating local chapters, or in Corporate Sponsorship of the Fellowship of Technical Ministries, can learn more by visiting the association’s website, or by calling the FTM office: 360-668-3480.
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