I would best describe A Guidebook to Visual Worship as the manual that should be in the hands of every tech, media and design volunteer and staff person. It is that good and necessary.
This isn’t a long review, it’s not a long book. And in fact, again, this is more manual than book giving the why and what in a very digestible format. It is a nice mix of theology and practicum. Author Stephen Proctor, throughout the entire guidebook, spends time explaining how to use the tools. Both in very practical ways (i.e., typography and color theory) and also in the ways we are using the tools and when not to use them. I believe one of the most important of the theology pieces is the section on “The Visual Worship Leader.”
It’s an important enough section that it alone is worth buying the guidebook for. Too often those running lights and projection are seen more as tech support than a part of the worship team. Proctor squashes this, gives a realignment that every church that uses media should embrace and then explains how to get it done.
If you’re part of the lighting crew and media team or you feel like all you do is advance the next slide, pick up this book and discover just how much more you are to the experience of Sunday. If you’re a worship or media pastor, buy this book for yourself and everyone of your staff and volunteers.
This book is available as a 25-page PDF from WorshipVJ with single-user and group licenses.