- Get simple. Focus on letting the media serve the message more. We’re beyond the novelty phase so lets show it. Let the media and the message be more seamless.
- Get an apprentice. Make this the year when you teach someone else. Maybe even adopt another church to ‘train’.
- Get cinematic (Len Sweet would say ‘EPIC’) Explore the idea of worship having a “soundtrack”, a “story” and “visual angles”. We know worship can be seen as a drama, so approach it with a move metaphor (plot, characters, movements, lighting, score) and see what happens.
- Get 3D. Serious. This is not only arresting visually but also lots of fun. I’m happy to tell you how.
- Get interactive. See the congregation as participants, not observers. Use SMS. Give people infra-red keyboards. Mix live music. Make visuals just before or during worship. Do the whole thing more ‘in the round’.
- Get radical. We’ve all seen and done the schmaltzy multimedia stuff. So let’s make it more disturbing, provocative. More like Jesus, even.
- Get global. Most of the most interesting, challenging, and creative aspects of life and discipleship are cross-cultural. So let’s use multimedia to help people move outside their little world and see it through someone else’s.
- Get connected. Multimedia ought to help us build community, so let’s explore how to use it to do that.
- Get re-connected. That hum is not the fluorescent lights. It’s those old dodgy leads. Buy some new ones.
- Get an Apple. Just do it. You know you secretly want one. Sure conversion is a big step but it’s worth it in the long run. Think how much fun you’ll have and how jealous your PC friends will be. I reckon even Bill has one at home.
Finally, just to put it all in perspective…
Last year a young adult from a rural town in SA went did some mission service in Vanuatu. She came home with a passion to give something back to the people from whom she had gained so much. A couple of months ago she took a group of other young adults back to Vanuatu with 50 guitars, having encouraged people all over the state to raise the money. Many churches in Vanuatu had not musical instruments at all. The video of these young people handing out guitars and then teaching people to play them is just fabulous.
Life is multimedia. And the simple gift of a nylon string guitar can mean so much to people who simply wish to express their praise in song.