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Presentation to Intro to Worship class on media and worship giving background and raising questions. Too many words, but had a blind person getting slides so couldn't use images. Words could be read …

Presentation to Intro to Worship class on media and worship giving background and raising questions. Too many words, but had a blind person getting slides so couldn't use images. Words could be read by screenreader.

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  • 1. Media serves liturgy  Media in worship v. media of worship  Marshall McLuhan—the medium is the message  How much is too much?
  • 2. Who does Media  Media minister  Worship pastor  Creative arts pastor  Minister of media  Volunteer  Teams of volunteers for multiple services
  • 3. With whom do they work  Music director  Choir director  Worship leader  Praise band  Soloist  Volunteers  Senior Pastor  Anyone taking part in service
  • 4. Where does media fit in  Pre-worship announcements  Countdowns  Song lyrics  Sermon illustrations  Silent/musical meditations  Offering videos  Minute for missions  Static media: banners/posters/stained glass/paintings/paraments
  • 5. Pitfalls Using technology because it is “cool”   Media driving the message  Technology problems  Distractions to worship  Lack of spontaneity  Power/dominance of pastor on screen  Visuals not accessible to everyone  Should time & effort be spent here?  Audience v. congregation
  • 6. Blessings  All who can may see what is going on  Ability to follow song lyrics without using hymnals/bulletins  May project information in a second language  Keep congregation focused  Prepare congregation for worship/transition to peacefulness  Reach those who are visual learners  Reach those who cannot read
  • 7. Technical considerations  Room size and shape  Older sanctuaries  Acoustics  Problem areas/dead spaces  Hearing impaired  Microphones  Who  What type  How many
  • 8. Technical considerations  Screen size and how many are needed  Ambient lighting/natural light  Lighting grid  Projection equipment /Throw light  Stills/video/text  How many computers to run/control  Providing training for those using technology
  • 9. Worship software  PowerPoint  EasyWorship  PowerWorship (free)  MediaShout  Presentation Manager  SongShow Plus  LiveWorship