Here is a brief article by David Finch, posted on the blog of the editors of Leadership journal, a Christianity Today publication. The title is "Disposable Worship: a caution about using too much technology in worship." The article is well worth the read, and many people commented on his ideas, so check it out before going any further on my post.
His main idea is that technology, which solves an immediate "problem," can cause us to lose other benefits. He begins with the example of how a washer and dryer eliminates the need to go to the laundromat, and in doing so eliminates the opportunity to meet new people. His encouragement is to be discerning about technology use, so that we don't remove the opportunity to truly worship God.
Mr. Finch seems to put his ideas into practice, as he's been meeting with the people who head up the worship in his church to make sure that technology and graphic arts don't produce a "disposable experience." I only wish he would have given us a window into those discussions, so we could learn how he applied discrenment to the specifics of the service.
These are a couple of the big questions in my mind these days...
How can I measure and test our use of media and technology and get an accurate sense of whether it was truly effective for the glory of God? And then, how can I use that information to be better discerning in the future about using these components in worship of Jesus Christ?
I will probably start formulating thoughts here, but I'd love any jumping off points you all may have.
How do you apply discernment in using technology in worship?