Our Goals for Audio-Visual Ministries
We have two goals for Audio-Visual Ministries: to enable the church to participate in corporate worship without distraction, and to enable those serving in various ministries to use their gifts most effectively through the use of technology.
1. Enable the church to participate in corporate worship without distraction.
Throughout Scripture, the worship of God by the people of God for the glory of God is an explicit, and implicit, expectation. From the sacrifice of Abel (Genesis 4) to the worship of the multitude in Heaven (Revelation 19), worship is the required response of creation in the presence of its creator.
Because of Adam’s sin, depraved mankind chooses to worship the creation rather than the creator (Romans 1:18-32), and even those who are redeemed still war with a sin nature (Romans 7:7-25), so that humanity is separated from God and cannot worship in the presence of God (Eph. 2:1-3). Therefore, Jesus provides mediation between those whom he has redeemed and God, to enable us to worship Him (Rom. 15:5-13).
The aim of our Worship Ministries is to gather, pray, and sing to God together as disciples of Jesus Christ. The first goal of the Audio-Visual team within Worship Ministries, is to enable the church to participate in corporate worship without distraction.
"And behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the people of Israel. They are a gift to you, given to the Lord, to do the service of the tent of meeting"(Numbers 18:6; See also Exodus 35:4-40:38.).
"For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. … But all things should be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40; See also 1 Corinthians 14:26-40).
After the Lord had provided the design for the tabernacle to Moses and gave the people of Israel the gifts of artistry and craftsmanship so they could build it, he appointed the tribe of Levi to serve in the tabernacle. The Lord made them responsible for maintaining the alters, curtains, utensils, defense of the tabernacle, and preparing for sacrifices and feasts. In short, they were appointed to enable the people of Israel to worship at the tabernacle.
This is the role the Audio-Visual team seeks to fill. In addition, we specifically seek to fulfill this role in a way that allows the church to worship the Lord without distraction. In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul explains that our worship ought to be done in a way that is decent and in order, as God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. Our worship is to conform to the very nature of God. Especially in a world that increasingly demands our attention through distraction, decency, order, peace, and clarity rather than confusion require the prevention and removal of distraction from our worship. Generally, this means the removal of facility or technology related distractions, flexibility to adapt to changes without issue, and serving humbly as not bring attention to our service.
2. Enable those serving in various ministries to use their gifts most effectively through the use of technology.
As a part of serving in the temple the Levites not only enabled the people of Israel to worship, but also enabled the musicians, priests, and High Priest to lead the people in worship. Some of the Levites were even specifically designated to serve by leading in music, according to their gifts (1 Chronicles 6). Paul also explains that the church is one body made up of many members, each with different giftings, and we ought to serve according to those giftings. The second goal of the Audio-Visual team within Worship Ministries, is to enable those serving in various ministries to use their gifts most effectively through the use of technology.
"For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness" (Romans 12:3-8).
Here Paul specifically exhorts all believers to use their gifts to build up the church, and although Paul lists some particular gifts here, this principle can be extended to other giftings. A direct application then is those with technical giftings can and should use them to build up the church. In addition to using our own gifts, by extension those in the church ought to enable one another to use their gifts most effectively. For example, we enable our Pastor to preach through the provision of resources, time, and a significant portion of our weekly service, so his gift of preaching can be used most effectively. In the same way, we ought to enable those who lead in music to do so most effectively. Technology is often needed by various ministries, past examples include women’s events, outreach events, youth events, etc. According to the principle above, the Audio-Visual team can enable other ministries by providing assistance with audio-visual technologies. Generally, this means the prevention of technical challenges, operation of audio-visual equipment, and provision or setup of equipment to best meet the needs of other church ministries.
Our Structure for Audio-Visual Ministries
To accomplish our two goals, we have established an intentional Audio-Visual Ministry structure. In this structure, the elders will oversee our Audio-Visual Ministries.
Our Audio-Visual Steward is Peter Brown.