New Old Tech
My church recently entered the 20th century (not a typo) and we now have digital projection in our worship space. The primary purpose of it is to allow the sermons and messages to bring in visuals to supplement the spoken word. I’m exciting for this teaching and preaching resource! I took the better part of 3 hours to learn ProPresenter so I can serve as backup to our media volunteers, and it’s a neat resource as well.
However, I find myself at a disadvantage…one that given my age one would think I wouldn’t have. You see, I’m a text-based person who thinks and writes in words rather than pictures. I’m not particularly artsy or have discerning taste of artwork–you have no idea how much feedback I needed to get this blog to where it is!
To add a visual component to my worship leadership will be a new skill to develop. As a blogger, words retain their power, but I’m not averse to visuals that can inspire during the preaching moment and I’m looking forward to this challenge.
To help me out, I have some questions for those of you that are ministry professionals or are people in the pews of churches that use media in worship. I hope your responses come from experience and not from theory.
1. Who Drives the flow?
Does the media drive the message flow or does it depict the message?
Are visuals treated the same way as a spoken sermon illustration (as in, they are chosen to substantiate a point), or are they the key “moment” in the sermon (that the rest is built around)?
I think there’s a difference between emotive and logical sermons in this way, but it’s helpful to hear whether others let the image or the logic drive the sermon development.
To be clear, of course the message is the most important driver–you wouldn’t be a preacher otherwise! But since every sermon uses images and examples, I’m asking if media examples are used in the same way.
2. Me or Team?
Do you have a worship team and how do you use them?
Do they help with finding images after you’ve developed the sermon or do they provide ideas beforehand?
What’s your timeline for worship production (“the night before” is not a viable strategy for me!)?
3. Reinvent the wheel?
What resources or guidelines do you or others have to help guide your choice of media and your use?
What writings on legal considerations do you know of?
Please share in the comments!
4. Critical need for minimalism
We are a traditional worship congregation, not a loud evangelical church, so a light touch is our goal. We aren’t looking to make every moment be screen-dependent, but we are looking to how media is used best in our media-saturated lives.
Thanks for reading and for sharing this with the media-in-ministry professionals in your life!