Rob Bell on Video Teaching

Despite what you think about Rob Bell, just read this except from Leadership Journal.  It is an interesting take on video from a guy who does video really well.

LEADERSHIP JOURNAL: Your NOOMA video series has been popular.What do you think about the increasing number of preachers using video technology to expand their reach?

ROB BELL: It’s powerful but there’s also a dark side.  Video is not church. (emphasis mine)  You put images and music on a screen, and people will listen.  But it’s also dangerous.  You’re playing with fire.  I think video technology deserves to be scrutinized heavily.

LEADERSHIP JOURNAL: Go a little deeper.  What makes video dangerous?

ROB BELL: I don’t think we know yet what the long term impact will be on disciple-making.  In 10 years we may discover what particular kind of Christ follower is formed by video teaching.  i see warning lights on my dashboard.  It’s unclear what video may do to the ways we conceive of life together.

In the New Testament, there are 43 “one another” passages, and during a Sunday morning service you might be able to practice three or four of them.  And as the service gets large, you can probably do fewer.  A massive group setting is also dangerous.  You can come, sit, listen, and go home and think, I’ve been to church, even if you haven’t practiced and “one anothers.”  And with video that only gets more intense.  I’m not sure that’s the direction we want to be heading.

We want to be calling people to deep bonds of solidarity with one another.  We may gather in a massive group, but from the stage I often say, “This is just a church service.  Church is actually about caring for one another, and serving one another, and speaking truth to one another in love.  Don’t get the two confused.”

What do you think about video teaching?  Do you use it?  Do you stay away from it? Why?  Do you think Rob has a point?

Think about it.

-jordan

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