Is it time to revamp your weekly services? Explore new ideas with this worship lab-in-a-box! Featuring 26 hours of video, this interactive, computer-based study of Ravenswood Covenant Church in Chicago includes interviews; sociological data; historical background; and insights from Robert Webber, Jill Crainshaw, and other experts. An outstanding resource to help you evaluate, plan, and lead worship in your own church!
This unique multimedia resource offers a new way to teach and learn about planning, leading, and evaluating congregational worship. The package contains two discs: an interactive, computer-based case study (for Mac and PC, on DVD media) of eighteen months in the worship life of an actual church, and a video DVD of interviews with nearly two dozen worship experts. The case study is an interactive resource that enables students to learn about worship by doing "virtual participant observation." The program features a host of media documenting the worship life of Ravenswood Covenant Church (RCC) in Chicago. This includes more than twenty hours of video of services, planning meetings, interviews with church ministers and members, and commentary by experts in liturgy; a detailed survey of the history and development of RCC, including ethnic, economic, and social data; a variety of church publications, including bulletins and brochures; and much more. The footage in the program captures a wide array of events in the church's life, including a wedding, a funeral, an Advent service, and an Easter service. The video DVD presents a variety of perspectives on vital issues and questions related to worship. The contributors to this disc--including Robert Webber, Don Saliers, Donald Hustad, and Jill Crainshaw--are outstanding teachers in homiletics, worship, music, the arts, and pastoral rites. Taken together, these resources provide a veritable worship class-in-a-box, offering students insight into the theory and practice of real-life Christian worship. User and teacher guides are included.
• Intel® Pentium 4® or faster, 512 MB RAM
• Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows® Vista
• PowerPC® G3, G4, or G5 or Intel processor, 512 MB RAM
• Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
• DVD drive (4x or better)
• 1024 x 768 or higher resolution display
• Sound capability
• Web browser for printing text and images
• Apple QuickTime version 7.1.6 or higher (free download)
Approximate run times:
Interactive case study: 21.5 hours of video, more than 450 pages worth of text, over 400 images documenting the history of the church, a glossary of theological terms, essays covering topics central to congregational worship life, and Orders of Worship reaching back 50 years
Video DVD: 90 minutes
Total: 23 hours
James F. Caccamo (PhD, Loyola University Chicago) is associate professor of theology with a specialty in Christian social ethics at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia. Todd E. Johnson (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary. Lester Ruth (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is research professor of Christian worship at Duke Divinity School.