The Role of Worship Media (Does Using Worship Media Detract From The
The Role of Worship Media In The Church
With state of the art sound
systems, sleek PowerPoints, and carefully choreographed lighting, some churches are taking their worship services
to the next level. Churches who employ this technology have seen their numbers skyrocket. While the numbers speak
for themselves, it is much harder to discern if people attending these services are engaged in worshiping God or
just entertained by the spectacle.
This inevitably pushes churches to ponder the underlying issue: does multimedia enhance the service or detract
from it? Is there a point when the technology overshadows the process and unintentionally becomes the focal point
of the service?
Which Side of The Worship Media Debate Are You On?
The debate is difficult, especially given
the New Testament proclamation that we should become all things to all people. In that light, the use of worship
media seems like an easy tool to reach the modern world. More than that, it is also hard to say that people who
invest time and energy into creating these programs are not performing an inherent act of worship. After all,
worship is merely living for God, giving back to Him, and it can be a song or a mission trip or creating a
PowerPoint or developing a light show in His name.
The truth is that both sides are right. In some cases, worship media can help individuals forget the
distractions of the world and put their attention fully on God. For others, the impact is probably more
entertainment-based. However, this is a problem that exists in all aspects of church and has more to do with
discipleship than it does worship.
After all, it should not matter what the style of the service is: true worshipers will honor God through any
medium. In this light, the nature of the worship service can be used as more of an evangelistic tool, getting
people into the chairs every Sunday morning. From there, it is the responsibility of the church to challenge the
body with teaching that helps them move beyond the superficial entertainment and into the real heart of
In The End The Truth About Worship Media Is...
Overall, the use of worship media is somewhat of a moot point. If a service is developed to honor God and given
fully to edify Him, then it is pleasing to God, no matter what multimedia it may or may not employ. The decision to
upgrade or scale back a worship service is probably different for each congregation and should be made only after
careful consideration and prayer
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