It may come as a surprise to some that while I love what I do with visual media, I’m actually a bit of a minimalist when it comes to how that media is used in worship environments. I am, first and foremost, a worshipper… combine these two aspects and what you get is some one who wants to do all that I can to work with others in creating atmospheres where people can encounter God with minimal distractions.
Churches have plenty of technology available, but does that mean that we should use ALL of it ALL of the time? Is what we do with that technology helping foster an environment of worship, or is it really more of a distraction? What I have seen at many churches is an over-use of concert lighting, camera shots (IMAG), and motion backgrounds (too many, changing constantly). While I readily acknowledge that we live in a very visual society, I believe that we must use these tools to foster worship, but stop shy of creating an environments where people are so visually over-loaded that they end up just watching. The question I use to keep what we do in check is simple: If the power goes out, can we still worship or would we send people home?
Worshiping God does not happen because of our technology or programming, but our media and machines can help create a great background. I stress to my volunteers that when we do what we do with excellence and invisibility, we aren’t putting on a show… we are just servants of the One people come to encounter.