1. Go deep, not wide.
Let people ponder one, well-chosen image. Instead of offering a different image for each element of worship, pick one potent picture that stays up through most of the service. Let people meditate over it. Let it stay in quiet conversation with the rest of worship.
2. Guide, Don’t Produce.
Screens are terrific for guiding the worship experience, so that consulting a paper doesn’t become an interruption. Remember, however, that a distinctive gift of small settings is the feel of participation rather than performance. The more prominent and highly produced the screen content, the greater the risk that the congregation will become passive observers of someone else’s art rather than co-creators in their own distinctive worship.
3. Re-think Power Point for the Sermon.
Screens can be helpful in letting visual learners soak in key information. But they also have the ability of disrupting more fluid, emotional experiences. Of the brain’s two hemispheres, the right side invites play, sensory information beyond words. So it’s terrific for letting people encounter mystery or experience a story. The left brain prefers order, analysis and logic, which is great stuff but can pull us out of a right brain experience—and right out of the grasp of mystery. Do you really need those outlines and bullet points?