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dc.contributor.authorBishop, Justin Dwight
dc.date2022
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-02T17:16:49Z
dc.date.available2022-05-02T17:16:49Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10898/13580
dc.description.abstractCan sensory experiences enhance online worship? In an era when church attendance is in cultural decline and online or hybrid worship is becoming the new normal, one wonders how to make the most of this limited time in worship, especially for online worshipers. This thesis examines the biblical and historical use of sensory elements in worship, and it seeks to reimagine them for an online presentation in order to examine the effect of these sensory elements on the online worshipers’ experiences. Ten participants volunteered to take part in four video worship experiences during the Lenten season of 2021, beginning with a survey and semi-structured interview prior to the actual worship experiences and ending with a similar survey and interview. The questions were designed to determine if the sensory elements “enhanced” the overall online worship experience without using the word “enhance.” The themes that emerged from the surveys and interviews indicated that sensory elements were disruptive enough to call attention to the act of worship, enhancing it by making it less of an event to attend and more of an act in which to participate. Finally, in conclusion, this thesis offers ideas for how worship leadership might incorporate more sensory elements in both in-person and online worship that might enhance the divine encounter.
dc.publisherMercer University
dc.subjectTheology
dc.subjectTheology
dc.subjectHybrid worship
dc.subjectMcAfee School of Theology
dc.subjectOnline
dc.subjectOnline worship
dc.subjectSenses in worship
dc.subjectSensory experiences
dc.subjectWorship
dc.titleSensing the Presence of God Through Online Worship at Heritage Fellowship in Canton, Georgia
dc.typedissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2022-04-28T16:04:44Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
refterms.dateFOA2022-05-02T17:16:49Z
dc.contributor.departmentMcAfee School of Theology
dc.description.advisorMassey, Karen G
dc.description.committeeWalker, Graham B
dc.description.committeeWalls, Jim
dc.description.degreeD.Min.


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