Will worship-tech supplant "real-people" leaders?
Date: October 14, 2011
Please offer your perspective on the current trend toward computer graphics in worship services. I have seen "worship arts" job ads that need computer-graphic skills as much/more than they need musicians.
Currently, as Acting Music Minister for a very small church, I'm expected to provide projection-friendly text to hymns that I choose. ( The young pastor and assisting members have recently installed a projector and screen.) I generally get them from a website, to save typing time. I almost sent a Youtube presentation of "Gift of Love" (Hopson) which was complete with lovely waterfalls, wood and farmlands, lovely accompaniment, a soloist, intermittent readings of 1 Corinthians 13 (from which the song is taken) and quite readable, hymnal-matching text.
But I "stopped in my tracks" yesterday. Could this type of creation become too attractive? Could short-sighted committees, faced with budget challenges, not realizing the gift of a music minister with a pulse, deem the church musician "non-essential"?
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