Tuesday, April 22, 2008

WorshipGod08 Seminar Assistance

Until today, I had been living in a deadline-free heaven. But alas! 'Tis no longer so.

I have the distinct honor of helping with three seminars at Sovereign Grace Ministries' WorshipGod08 conference, led by Bob Kauflin. I have been plugging away slowly at ideas for my seminars. I've also met with my co-instructors to discuss the topics. But I've been doing these things with the ease and happiness of no deadline.

Until today. The word just came: have your outlines in by May 14, or else! Or else what? I'm not sure, but whatever else it may be is definitely terrible.

So, before too much time passes, I need your help. In the next couple weeks I'll post the title of one of our seminars, and I'd love to hear what you think we should say. What main points should we not miss?

Seminar 1: A Gospel-Centered Approach to Creative Media

What would you teach?

And jot me a comment if you are planning to attend WorshipGod08. I'd love to meet you at one of the tech lunches.


Peter Schott said...

No idea what you're actually planning for this already, but I remember going through "An Hour on Sunday" and "Heart of the Artist" and they addressed some ideas. "An Hour on Sunday" was actually really cool about some of the ideas they had for using all sorts of stuff for the gospel, from what I remember.

Of course, my thoughts on it tend to be to do your media with Excellence and to not let the media be the focus, but the enabler of the real message. If all people remember when they walk away is that the lighting was great or that the use of video was cool, then you've lost the message. Similarly, it shouldn't be so bad that it's a distraction. Bad sound, lights, training issues, etc can all cause people to miss the message.

Same for websites, the band, etc. If people just come because it's cool, then they aren't really getting the message. We should be able to share the gospel with or without or tools, but the tools should make it easier.

Ideally, I'd love to also see some practice for the worship leaders and/or pastor to be able to overcome tech problems in order to not lose their ability to communicate or to get people back. Some way of tying that problem in to the message or similar.

Interesting topic, but even getting some more guidelines than just the subject would really help guide the conversation.

Dave Wilcox said...

From Criag, one of our lighting volunteers:
The main point you may want to convey is that the medium should not overshadow the message (the opposite of what Marshall McLuhan proposed in 1964?). I think that you as TD are very cognizant of this especially on Sunday mornings and in productions like Joseph. As a Christian I have had to learn to let the Gospel speak for itself.

In my own experience with lighting, in as much as I may have wanted to light things differently for certain shows, the danger is that the spectacle of the show itself becomes what the audience may be tempted to focus on and not the message the show is attempting to proclaim. This can be true of all of the media that we as a church choose to use.