NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 1, 2012)—Chuck Knows Church, a new weekly online video series interpreting the objects, symbols, and terms used in church – for the benefit of anyone who might be unfamiliar with them – began on Saturday, Nov. 3. The series is being produced by the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) office of communications and worship resource team, in collaboration with the United Methodist Publishing House and United Methodist Communications, and features Chuck, a witty "fount of knowledge" about all things church.
"Chuck Knows Church was developed to invite churched and nominally churched people to understand the 'stuff' we see and do in church," said GBOD General Secretary Karen Greenwaldt. "It's meant for a broad audience – youth and older. Each episode is presented in a simple, brief, and fun way."
Greenwaldt added that many church members can benefit from a short and informal description of the things they find in church.
"We found through research that even long-time members knew very little about some foundational symbols and terms used in their church – such as what's a paschal candle, why is there both a pulpit and a lectern, and what really is the purpose of a narthex," said Steve Horswill-Johnston, executive director of Communications and Brand Strategy at GBOD.
"Fun, quirky, and solidly informative, Chuck Knows Church was designed for anyone who has ever wondered about the meaning of the symbols, rituals, and practices of Christian worship generally, and United Methodist worship in particular," said Taylor Burton-Edwards, director of Worship Resources at GBOD.
GBOD says the series also is perfect for confirmation classes, new member classes, youth groups, and worship teams.
Chuck Knows Church is meant to augment the local church's education of its members in a social networking environment. It's not meant to be a full and complete explanation of each week's subject. At the end of each episode, Chuck invites viewers to learn more by asking their pastor.
"Today, nearly all of us mediate our world through screens. Chuck Knows Church has been produced with this understanding. It's an attempt to present vital information, yet in an informal, social media-type of approach," Horswill-Johnston said.
A new episode of Chuck Knows Church will be available each week. Church leaders are invited to post them to their local church or Annual Conference websites. (Sign up on the Chuck Knows Church website for a simple weekly notice announcing when the latest episode is available.) If a church or Annual Conference commits to posting the series to their websites, they will be listed with a link on the Chuck Knows Church site.
An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD is located in Nashville, Tennessee. Its mission is to support Annual Conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. Visit www.gbod.org for more information.