We strive to make a worship experience through media that is appealing, but also does not distract from the primary focus: Jesus. Many churches may feel the cultural pull to turn their worship times into a concert where the musical talent takes the full responsibility of worship while the audience ‘sits back and enjoys’ the show. Still others may feel the pressure to keep things status quo: quiet, controlled and predictable with hymnals, choruses and toned down worship.
It would be foolish to ignore the trends that appeal to todays generation, but it would be equally foolish to shift the responsibility of worship off of the congregation and onto the worship team. What is the answer?
It is important to find a happy medium between the two. It’s a good idea to embrace the technology and trends of today: cameras, haze, flashy effects, etc but at the same time you should also scrutinize everything you do to make sure it is participating with what the Holy Spirit is doing and not working against. As the songs and intensity ebb and flow within a service, the lights and cameras enhance the mood by dimming or increasing light levels, slowing down or picking up the flow of shots, and adding or subtracting special effects.
What works one week for a song may not work the next week depending on where the service is flowing, and how the Holy Spirit is wanting to move. It takes spiritual discernment to be able to ‘see’ into the spiritual realm, to see what the Holy Spirit wants to do and to act accordingly. Every part of your media production should serve to bring people closer to God and to help set the stage for the Holy Spirit to impact their lives in a positive way.