Do Not Use Visual Media In Worship If…
July 7th, 2009
Worship VJ has written an interesting list of bad reasons to use visual media. It is a little bit on the snarky side, but it makes a good point…
Visual Media should be used to primarily to “enhance” the worship experience, not to try to fix a problem.
DO NOT USE VISUAL MEDIA IN WORSHIP
…IF your reasons include the following:
- as a substitute for other methods (think about all the senses)
- solely for entertainment (understand that entertainment is not bad itself and CAN be used as a tool when the timing/context is right)
- visual media is not a crowd-getter or a cure-all
- visual media is not a substitute for preparation
- visual media is not for the personal satisfaction of the visual enthusiast
- to keep the “young people” interested in worship.
- “it’s time to boost our congregational singing.”
- to change with the culture b/c we might lose church members to another church.
- we have to create more powerful worship experiences (visual media won’t create it)
- we want outsiders/visitors to know that we are a first-rate/”cutting edge” church (keeping up with the Joneses)
- Without using the latest technology, we won’t be able to increase the size of our congregation.
- Presentational technologies will allow us to grow and expand. (only the church can do CHURCH. Technology will not secure that a congregation will act as/be the Church.