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Beyond Bullet-Points: Preaching with Screens (4 class series)

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May 8th, 2019 - May 29th, 2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Parish Resource Center
2160 Lincoln Highway East, #18
Lancaster, PA, 17602, United States

Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, and 29

Led by Erin S. Cox-Holmes, Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Donegal

CEUs are available for this workshop series. Please contact us at least two weeks before the workshops begin to set them up.


Do you have a screen in your sanctuary? Want to move beyond PowerPoint “fill in the blank” outlines? Not sure how — or when — to use a screen during the sermon?

In these interactive workshops we will look at the potential and pitfalls of using a screen during worship.

Week 1: The Art of Preaching with a Screen

This is a workshop that focuses on you as a preacher with a screen. What do you want to know? Where are you stuck? We’ll take a look at various ways to use a screen during your sermon, and also talk about pitfalls to avoid.

  • Different Ways to Use a Screen During a Sermon
  • Constructing a Sermon with the Screen in Mind

Week 2: Designing the Screen

In this digital age when people are using screens all the time, if the screen looks clunky or outdated in worship, people will dis-engage. In this session, we’ll look at using PowerPoint easily as a design tool. We’ll look at best practices for backgrounds, fonts and images. We’ll cover where to find images, how to use film clips, where to buy templates, and how to make it work in your schedule.

  • Powerpoint as a Design Tool
  • Backgrounds, Fonts and Images
  • Where to find images, where to purchase themes
  • How to find, save, insert and use film clips

Week 3: Other uses of the Screen During Worship

This week we’ll consider the many other ways to use a screen during worship for information, to expand the connected “feel” of the service, and to deepen relationships and mission.

  • Using screens for information, relationship and interaction in all parts of the worship service
  • Visual dos and don’ts

Week 4: You Do It!

This week will give participants the chance to get group feedback on their own projects and to go deeper into screen use based upon participant interest.

  • Opportunities for participants to get group feedback on their own projects


The Rev. Dr. Erin S. Cox-Holmes was raised in Redlands, California. She is a graduate of the University of Redlands in English and Religion. She received her Master of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion and was ordained in the Presbytery of Detroit. She has served as an associate pastor, an interim pastor, and an Associate Executive Presbyter. The focus of her Doctor of Ministry degree (from Dubuque Theological Seminary) is on revitalizing the church and worship in the digital age. Erin is known as a computer geek and has been puzzling over the same ee cummings poem for 30 years. She began as the Executive Presbyter in Donegal Presbytery on January 1, 2010.


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