Silver Screen, Sacred Story: Using Multimedia in Worship
Michael G. Bausch
Our culture has undergone a major shift: younger generations have less and less interest in the printed word as they become predominantly image oriented. In response, as congregations increasingly learn to be more sophisticated in using newer electronic technologies, they are finding themselves at different places in the quest to understand, acquire, manage, and benefit from the technology boom. Worship leaders in congregations already using some electronic media are realizing that they could be doing more with it, and are seeking new ideas. Congregational leaders scrambling to catch up with a worship committee that has decided it’s time for a change aren’t sure of the next steps. Or maybe there’s been a gift to the congregation to be spent on electronics, and no one is quite sure how best to use the money.
Michael Bausch’s book grows out of several years’ of conversation, personal experimentation, and experience with multimedia worship in one modest-size, small-town church, while also drawing on the experiences and work of other churches learning to use electronic media in worship.
Bausch balances concern for practical issues, such as finances and architecture, with attention to theological integrity and the challenges of sustaining media-enhanced worship. He skillfully shows how the artistic resources of the world around us can enhance our awareness of God's presence in worship. Foreword by Doug Adams.
Praise for the Book
“Michael Bausch has given us a practical primer for congregations suspicious of multimedia but thinking about tring it. The author dispels myths, offers many practical suggestions about ways to use electronic media, and lays out a workalbe plan for gaining support from a congregation's leaders. He also provides guidance about many basic issues, such as software, equipment, and copyright law. If you are considering using multimedia in worship but aren't quite convinced or need to learn the basics, this book is a good place to begin.” —Bill Easum
“The church has been waiting for this book for a long time. Bausch shows how much fun and how fulfilling it can be for churches of whatever size to integrate multimedia into their worship. The book itself, as well as its recommendations, yields a maximum return on a minimum investment of time and money.” —Leonard Sweet
“Visual imagery is the primary language of our day and draws together people of all ages, races, genders, and classes. As people increasingly remember what they see more than what they hear, Michael Bausch's Silver Screen, Sacred Story helps us use this universal visual language to communicate the gospel through memorable worship and preaching to read a wider public.” —Doug Adams
About the Author
Michael Bausch is senior minister of Union-Congregational Church (UCC) in Waupun, Wisconsin, and a frequent leader of workshops for Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Dubuque Theological Seminary, and Pacific School of Religion, as well as in other settings.
Alban No. AL261
paper, 137 pages
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