The use of multimedia technology in worship is growing at an exponential rate. Congregations of all sizes are acknowledging the gifts that having large screens can bring; however, very few have access to formal training. Rev. John Zimmerman brings 28 years of pastoral ministry and his gift of implementing multimedia technology in worship to this class.
While students will be introduced to the hardware (video projectors, TV’s, computers, etc.) in worship technology, the main emphasis will be on planning, producing and implementing what is displayed on the screen. The student will learn how to enhance worship with appropriate graphics, videos and multimedia content. The class will explore PowerPoint slide design and introduce Easy Worship presentation software. The student will discover their ability to plan, create and implement worship technology design in their local church setting.
This class is designed for the church volunteer or pastor who would classify themselves as “beginners” in multimedia experience. Please note that since the workshop utilizes some software that is Windows-based, Apple users may find some limitations.
Please note: Live video sessions are a part of this course.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact hours for Lay Speakers (equivalent to 1 CEU).
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Rev. John Zimmerman grew up in the rural community of Stoystown, Pennsylvania which is a few miles from the terrorist crash site of USAir flight 93 on September 11, 2001. He heard the call into ministry just after graduation from high school and attended the University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate degree and obtained his master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Pastor John served 28 years in pastoral ministry in local church settings. He has always recognized the spiritual gifts of preaching, healing, and evangelism in his Christian life. God has allowed these gifts to be used in a variety of local church settings which include rural, suburban and city.
In 2013 Pastor John left local church pastoral ministry and is appointed as General Evangelist in the United Methodist Church. He launched his current ministry as the founding director of About Face Church Outreach Consultants. He offers a consultant model of ministry with local churches around the country to engage in long-term relationships within the context of the local church mission field. He and his wife help churches move into this new paradigm of ministry that reflects more fully the New Testament Church. His evangelistic work has been recognized and honored as a recipient of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award by the Foundation for Evangelism.
He enjoys hunting, camping and opportunities to enjoy his family. His wife, Christine, also serves full time with John in the consultant ministry. Her interests include camping, traveling and crafts. The Zimmermans are blessed with four wonderful boys.
Past Students Said…
“It was very good to compare notes with other folks who are doing media ministry and to see and hear about other resources and options that are available. I enjoyed being part of the course.”
“I liked becoming acquainted with a number of resources for worship materials in the context of multimedia preparation that I was not previously aware of. This was a good overview that I can put into immediate use in my volunteer efforts. I also especially appreciated the Theology of Worship discussion.”
“I liked that there was enough technology to learn something, but not enough to overwhelm me.”
“I learned how to make a PowerPoint presentation more effective, the needs of a church in a technology set up, ways to tweak our current use of technology and media in worship and otherwise in the church, and the advantages of using something like EasyWorship. In addition to that, I learned that other churches — some the same and some very different than my own — are struggling/learning with technology also. We are not alone!”