Friday, June 06, 2008

Technology and Worship

Increasingly technology and data projectors are being used in many forms of worship. For some this great, however for others it is threatening and confusing, and for some technology has no place in worship.

Pastor Andrew Brook from St Paul's Lutheran Church Box Hill and myself presented a workshop on Technology, Data Projectors and Worship at the Continuing Education Program of the Victorian District in June 2008. Pastor Paul Smith who is now the chaplain at Pacific Lutheran College Caloundra and at the time was pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Toowoomba has presented a similar workshop at Lutheran Worship Conference in 2004.

Both these presentations explored the reasons practical and theological for using technology in worship, some considerations and basic principles for implementing and using techology including data projector presentations, and resources and examples.

Following is a list of resources that may help you as you explore technology and data projectors for worship, many of these are from the presentations, plus a few more.

Just Projectors:
they offer a buyers guide, details relating to screens and accessories, a variety of projectors, plus specials
offers a variety of brands, buyers guide, easy to understand suggestions
Projector Reviews:
Has a mountain of information and reviews for all brands of data projectors
Article: Projector Connections:
Highlights some of the basic things to consider when buying a projector.
Lutheran Church of Australia Information and technology Committee information on discounts and purchasing agreements for software and hardware

Lutheran Church of Australia' Microsoft Select agreement
Details of the discounted Microsoft software for LCA congregations, workers and volunteers.
Microsoft Powerpoint
Details of Microsoft's Powerpoint package.
Free software which is similar to Microsoft. Their presentation software is called Impress.
Google's free software
Free software including StarOffice, which has a presentation software application
Ebibleteacher Worship Software reviews
There is a multitude of software options available. Ebibleteacher has reveiws for over 50 software options. Some attach to other applications, some stand alone. Some free.....some sell for over $500. Worth a visit. At this stage unless a software package is not listed in this review I will not list it individually on this page.

Most of these are free resources.
If you are using a particular resource that is not listed, whether it is free or not and believe it would be helpful please email me so i can include it.
Google image search...
Search for images using Google or other search engines.
Mostly free images posted by average joe and jane blows
Scripture Pics
Lectionary orientated contemporary pictures
Mustard Seeds
Lectionary based ideas for creative worship including pictures
Hermanoleon clipart
Lectionary based pictures
includes ecards, powerpoint slides, wallpaper and graphics
Sunday Graphx
Lectionary based powerpoint slides
Lectionary based resources for worship
Pastor Lou Pfeiffer email:
Produces weekly slide(s) relating to the RCL readings email him for more details
Creative Worship Tour
Offers free slides/images to those who sign up (also free)

People are uploading short videos of all descriptions. Some of these maybe helpful for illustrations.
Free software that enables you to download and convert YOUTUBE files so they can be plaid without an internet connection
Work of the people
Short video clips that relate to the lectionary readings. Fee based.
Family friendly churches video library
Videos that are lectionary based
Lectionary orientated video clips fee based
Hollywood Jesus
Looks at pop culture from a spiritual point of view....Using mainstream movies, books, shows, comics, etc to discuss spiritual issues
Seeks to help Christians of all denominations to understand and apply the message of the Bible to the challenges raised by contemporary popular culture - and then to communicate this appropriately to those who do not share a Christian faith.
Movie Ministry
provides resources, Sermon Illustrations, Bible Studies, FilmTalk Cards and more to assist Pastors, Youth and Lay Leaders in using the power of film to communicate and discuss our relationships with God.
Nooma movies
Rob Bell a pastor from an emerging church in the USA produces short topical videos
Christian films for sale
Bible Society UK resources
A variety of quality resources, including dvds for sale..
Visual Bible
Movies of the Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of John and Book of Acts presented using only the words of scripture.
Creative Worship Tour
Offers free videos to those who sign up (also free)

Data Projection guidelines for its use in public worship by Dr Adam Cooper
Design Matters by Jason Moore and Len Wilson
Digital Storytellers by Len Wilson and Jason Moore
The Emerging Church by Dan Kimball, especially chapter 17
High-Tech Worship by Quentin J Schultze
Preaching to a Postmodern world by Graham Johnston
Technology for worship magazinge
The use of visual media technology in liturgical worship by Andrew Ruddell
"You shall not steal"
CCLI for some songs and music:
Licensing for some songs and music
CVLI for some videos:
Copyright Council Australia:
If you have any suggestions please send them so we can update this page....
Richard Schwedes
North Tasmania Lutheran Parish


Mike Bossingham said...

Thank you for mentioning our Video Lectionary, we are very proud of it.

Every Blessing

Mike Bossingham
Family Friendly Churches Trust

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