7 Potholes of Multimedia

I love techy stuff: Twitter, Macs, Facebook, WordPress, etc.

But I am not a fan of depending on multi-media—videos, Power Point, etc.–for children’s church.

Multi-media is cool for praise/worship, but not my preferred teaching style.

Being MMD (Multi-Media Dependent) is not…well…healthy.

Here is why.

1. I like stuff that works ALL the time.

When I say, “OK, kids, take a look at this!” as I turn to the video screen, I want video AND sound to happen on cue.

Sometimes it doesn’t. Don’t pretend that hasn’t ever happened to you.

Nothing is more deflating than not being able to see your media tech because his head is beneath the tech counter as he tries to connect a cable that should have already been connected.

2. It is too familiar.

“Familiarity is the kiss of death,” Jerry Seinfeld.

Everything (as in EVERYTHING) is video these days. I like doing something different.

Multi-media is becoming too blase’ for me. It just doesn’t jazz me anymore.

3. Kids are professional video watchers.

Pixar and Disney make most of the children’s ministry video productions today look lame.

Kids know quality video. There is very little in Children’s Ministry.

4. Video-driven teaching loses steam.

Videos work reasonably well at first. After 6-8 weeks, kids zone out and learn very little.

5. Multi-media doesn’t involve workers on a significant level.

I want workers engaged with kids, not just pushing the “play” button.

I would rather have them leading a game, telling a story, demonstrating an object lesson, praying with kids, etc.

Workers need something significant to do.

6. “There is no substitute for a Spirit-led person,” Jim Wideman.

I agree. Flat screens are a poor substitute for real people.

7. Multi-media makes kids passive.

Kids learn best by being involved. They need to participate.

Most multi-media fails to do that. Kids would rather play a learning game than watch a video.

The objective is not merely to get kids to behave, but to help them learn.

I would rather have kids tuned in than zoned out.

Children’s Ministries often use multi-media when they are struggling with volunteer recruitment/commitment.

I understand that. I might be inclined to temporarily do the same under those conditions.

There should be, however, a higher standard to reach toward.

OK…tell me where I am wrong.

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