Today we have a guest post from Andy Tilly. Andy is the Pastor of Family Ministries at Crosstimber Church in Dallas. He’s an innovative leader in one of most dynamic ministries in the country. He’s a speaker, author, consultant, film maker and pretty nice guy! I’m thankful that Andy was willing to challenge us today!
Over the last few years I have watched how video teaching has become much more accepted in churches and venues world-wide. Watching the idea spread has left me with the question of this: Will video worship ever be accepted as a useful tool in ministry as well? I personally haven’t heard or seen much written on the subject of video worship so when Rich asked me to write about it, my hope was to get the conversations flowing.
I have seen my children’s ministry use video worship for years and needless to say our kids love it. They dance around, sing-a-long and fully engage. But let’s be honest, those are elementary kids! So I began to ask myself, would a Jr. High or High School student ever engage in the same type of experience? I believed they would, if done right. Since we video teach our students already, we decided the first step was to slowly introduce it into our student experiences. We started with one song at first, then after a little time went to two. The next step was the big experiment! Could we do our student conference totally with video teaching and worship?
During preparation for this huge risk I’d like to say I walked around like a hero with all the confidence in the world, but I have to admit I was scared to death. I kept thinking, this could really flop and there wasn’t a back-up band. But still we believed it could work. When it was go time, the music started and we were amazed at what we saw. Before the first song was over we had hundreds of students worshiping to their desired screen (we had 3 in different areas of the room). I was shocked to have more students engaged and participating than if we had a live band on stage. It needs to be said in all honesty that this particular experience took a lot of planning and prep. Everything was all HD, big screens and the sound was better than being there live. But it was working. At that moment I stood in the back of the conference center and looked at my staff and said “You might just be looking into the future.”
Now with our student ministry we do video worship once a month and in a few weeks we will launch a total video experience for our students at a new campus. I could be crazy about all of this, but when you think about it so was the concept of video teaching not too long ago.
In closing, I want to be transparent with you about our current atmosphere following the changes. There are still some students who prefer live worship, but when we started video teaching some didn’t like that either. Overall, for many of our students they have come to know Jesus through these new methods of transmitting the Gospel! What are your thoughts or questions?
Video worship questions for discussion
- Have you tried it? If so, what was your experience? Did it work?
- Are you or do you know of anyone doing this in their adult weekend services?
- What are your thoughts on not having a live worship leader engaging in what God might be doing in the service?
- What could it be like if we could start a church plant with great worship and teaching for under $10,000 using total video experiences?
- Is this a good idea for those who don’t have the money or space for their ministries?
- If you do use video worship, where do you get your video worship from?