Puritan Board Senior
I am interested what the reformed community thinks about TV cameras in church services?
Close enough. I'll deal with your objections point-by-point.Edward you are suggesting that I might prefer to listen in church without seeing the preacher, as was done during an era of persecution when the minister was secreted behind a curtain/screen to make detection more difficult. Am I upset at being able to see the minister in the same way that I am unsettled by the appearance of video downloads on what have been traditional audio only websites.
We live stream the 9:30 service in real time, unfiltered with no post production editing (the live stream actually appears to be about a 2 minute delay). The service is then re-broadcast for the 11:00 hour.Attending a service I am able to watch and listen in real time, unfiltered and unmediated with no post production editing.
What does that have to do with broadcasts? (For the record, there are 4 hymbooks and two Bibles for each 4 people on the pews at our church. Since most folks have their own paper Bibles or phones and tablets, that's more than sufficient).Having observed the change in church architecture, the pew no longer has the shelf for Bibles or hymn books/psalter which was attached to the pew in front.
At both the churches of which I've been a member, the sound guy has been in the sanctuary, but the TV crew has been in another location (once, a room off the balcony, the other time in the basement).At the back of the churches there is a growing trend of setting up a sound deck and video engineers area, partitioned off from the church by a small rail.
No video screen in the sanctuary. In any event, whether the words are projected, in a book, or printed in the bulletin are circumstances.Once the Video screens are in place, well they have other uses.
This isn't the 1970s or 80s. You don't need (and shouldn't use) large stand-behind studio cameras. The cameras are smaller than a shoebox and can be hung on a wall or from the ceiling.There is a huge difference between the intrusive nature of TV cameras
I think you are directing at least this much to me rather than to "Howard".I am intrigued to hear that your 9.30am service is re-broadcast as the 11am service if I understand you correctly.
Yup body language is a small part of preaching. I wonder though if the entire service is broadcast do folks viewing it at home participate in the whole service. In the Free Church we stand to pray and sit to sing. If folks watch a service at home to what extent would folks stand to pray or sit to sing (or vice versa). If the body language of the preacher is part of the service (a small part) I think congregational singing and corporate prayer are a part too (probably more significant than the preachers body language).I would not advocate the return of the curtain, it denies the congregation non-verbal communication with body language. Even with the passing of the years I still recall Eric Alexander thumping the pulpit in a sermon on the house that was built upon rock v sand. That was unusual for him but was totally in keeping with the earnest sincerity of his preaching. It was a small part of his preaching and little would have been lost without it.
Note: I have never used power points for sermons (though I do create them for classes)Some ministers labour long and hard over PowerPoint presentations in their sermon preparation. Is this is an "element" of worship (taught at seminary) or a "circumstance"?
When PowerPoint is a part of the sermon it does indeed involve preparation, time and effort. Might one argue that in a zero sum game, time spend on PowerPoint graphics is time taken away from the text? Given a choice between wrestling with the Hebrew/Greek or wrangling with PowerPoint - what's the call?
Thanks Ian. I agree. Having given some consideration to the question and prompted others to do so. I think we have aired the matter sufficiently and I would prefer to end public discussion here.Crafting that sentence carefully could take some time. Preparing a powerpoint might perhaps serve a similar clarifying focus: do I have main points that can simply be summarized? Are there Scripture passages that would be helpful for people to have in front of them without looking them up? None of that, it seems to me, need conflict with the basic sermon preparation time. If it does, you probably need to allocate more time to sermon prep.