Every time I find a cool video or read an article in Church Production Magazine, Collide,8bit, Hillsong Collected, etc. I am reminded of how awesome I am not. When it comes to making use of media around me as an effective tool in ministry, I’m no expert.
I am completely humbled when I hear/read about others in media ministry who know how to do so many things:
Constructing a contemporary worship space using lighting and visuals, launching an Internet campus, design a church logo, make a motion loop, shoot video on a green screen, build a website…….[don’t worry the list goes on]… produce a mobile app, podcast sermons, laying out and printing incredible mailers, run a digital mixer and light board, use presentation software to its full potential, and daily write some of the most hilarious and cunning blog posts that always seem to change the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of readers. Not to mention they do it with wise observations and biblical knowledge. Who can measure up to that?
I know I most certainly can become overwhelmed easily when it comes to trying to learn all of these things, but I just need to remember to keep my head up and my focus on the God.
Focus on why and who.
Why am I making motion loops? Why am I using presentation software? Why am I learning how to go about designing a church’s logo? Why am I incorporating visual worship during the service? Am I doing it so that the church will be considered the cutting edge church in town?
Am I using media to look “cool” to the younger generation of our area? Or do I sincerely want to draw people to God using these tools?
I’m finishing a book called Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith, by Shane Hipps. This book takes you to deep into contemplating just how technologies we use can have such an effect on us. I’m gonna be honest and say that I don’t agree with everything Shane discusses but Its a great eye opener.
Well Shane talks a little about how technology is an extension of ourselves. [Like gun are extensions of our fist; Forks and knives, extensions of our teeth; cars are extensions of our feet; glasses are extensions of our eyes; smoke detectors are extensions of our sense of smell/security and telephones are the extensions of our voice/ear]. And the more we extend ourselves the more the world changes. It becomes an even a”smaller, smaller world.” So we have to be aware that as part of a creative media team in our churches or anywhere else for that matter…we are given the responsibility to draw people to Christ through this medium of technology. I’ve heard it said the methods always change, but the message stays the same. I agree. A Bible translation in itself is a new method-a different language. If it wasn’t for the new medium of technology through the invention of the printing press…we’d all have to learn the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic if we wanted to even read the bible.
Shane says in his book:
The church has a history and habit of resisting methodological changes. The same debate is alive today. Just pick a different medium. In the end, whether its translating the Bible into another language or use television to broadcast a preacher’s message, these innovations dramatically extend the reach of the gospel. Therefore, it is commonly assumed that as long as we protect the unchanging message of the gospel, the method of communicating doesn’t much matter.
But the more I think about it the more I think there is more to it than that. I just need to find out and figure out what it is. Lord, please constantly remind me that it’s not about the technology…but about worshiping You and connecting people closer to You and each other.