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Changing Worship Experience

Title: A Changing Worship Experience: The Emergence of Media Technology and Contemporary Worship in an Evangelical Church.
Name(s): Williams, Trevor C., author
McDowell, Stephen, professor directing thesis
Raney, Arthur, committee member
Nudd, Donna M., committee member
School of Communication, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this research project is to examine the communication phenomena within a modern Evangelical church in the context of the emergence of a contemporary worship style and the increasing use of media during church services. The researcher intends to provide insight into the feelings and perceptions of the congregation members of the sample church as they relate to the changing landscape of worship within the Evangelical faith. The project utilized a qualitative methodology that includes interviewing, participant observation, and textual analysis. The data analyzed in this project were gathered from a Southern Baptist church located in a college town in the southern United States. The findings of this project are explicated in the chapters through the major themes that emerged. The first theme is the incorporation of "secular" elements such as media technology in the church service. The second theme examines a dichotomy in the way the congregants experience and perceive worship is discussed. The final themed chapter is the influence of contemporary worship on feelings of belonging and togetherness within the church. All together, the study finds that complex communication phenomena can be observed as a result of changing perceptions, expectations, and feelings in the congregants of the evangelical church studied in the project.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0954 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Communication in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: August 20, 2008.
Keywords: Theology, Media Richness Theory, Auto-Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Sacred
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Stephen McDowell, Professor Directing Thesis; Arthur Raney, Committee Member; Donna M. Nudd, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
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Williams, T. C. (2008). A Changing Worship Experience: The Emergence of Media Technology and Contemporary Worship in an Evangelical Church. Retrieved from