In Houston, Texas, Liturgical Artist Mary Button helped a congregation create an art project for the installation of a pastor in a redeveloping church community, St. James/Santiago Apostol Lutheran Church. The project allowed each participant to decorate a small, individual cross within a larger cross.
(On Saturday, May 12, 2012 I gave a workshop at the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod Assembly. These are the notes/images from that workshop!)
- The video screen has become the new stained glass in 21st Century churches.
- Why projection?
- We live in a visual culture. The common currency for communication has shifted from text to images.
- “It’s not either image, or text. It’s both/and, image and text. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus was a man (image) living among us. He was also text (the Word become flesh).” ~ Leonard Sweet, The Gospel According to Starbucks
- Projector – projectorpeople.com, iavi.com, tigerdirect.com ($500)
- Computer – upgraded RAM, hard drive, processor, video card ($400)
- Optional – screen, mounting hardware, cables, presentation software
How to make a great looking PowerPoint slide
- Don’t just throw a Times New Roman font on a white screen! Creating beautiful slides is intensive and time-consuming.
- Helpful Guidelines:
- Don’t overload the slides with content (MAX: 6 lines of lyric, 6 words to summarize point).
- Limit your font choices to 2. Choose fonts that are easy to read and use the styles consistently throughout your presentation.
- Not distracting, but not too simple.
- Choose a background that will attract the viewer’s eye to the words. If your background requires the words to have an outline and a drop shadow to be readable, it is no longer attracting the viewer’s eye to the words.
- Use the negative space (Dark background/light text; light background/dark text).
- Use imagery that tells the story of the text.
- Avoid clipart at all costs. Use stock photography or artwork.
- Use simple transitions (cross fade).
The move toward presentation software
- CCLI integration, Bible integration, moving backgrounds, announcements, real-time editing, PowerPoint integration, etc.
- EASY WORSHIP, ProPresenter4, MediaShout, ProWorship, etc.
Web resources for graphics
- sxc.hu – free stock photography
- gracewaymedia.com – backgrounds/graphics
- christusrex.org – images from the Sistine Chapel and Vatican museums
- The Wired Church 2.0 by Len Wilson and Jason Moore
- High-Tech Worship?: Using Presentational Technologies Wisely by Quentin J. Schultze
- Sound, Lighting and Video: A Resource for Worship by Brad Herring
- A Moving Word: Media Art in Worship by Eileen Crowley
- HT: Asbury Seedbed
- It might be helpful for new Grace Groups to be created around new “members.”
- A process for discerning whether “membership” is where God is leading someone might be a helpful thing to offer (but without a specific time frame expected for completion).
- If a process for discernment is suggested, it would be helpful if the steps are easy to understand and communicated well.
- It seems that regardless of people’s “membership” status, everyone should feel welcomed and encouraged to participate (with no guilt attached for not becoming a “member”).