Worship Tech Roundup

As usual, this week I’ve come across a ton of great posts about the technical aspects of worship ministry. I didn’t have time to put each one into its own post, but I wanted to share them with you.

So here’s a collection of tech-related worship posts. Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Chris Huff lists five things that can take you by surprise right before a service (and how to recover):

It’s OK that surprises happen. They happen to everyone. The difference is in how people react. Preparing your list of possible surprises and your reactions is a great way to be ready when the next one hits. The next time it happens, you will know exactly what to do.

Kyle Campos has some information on using Philips Hue lights for stage design:

I picked up 5 of the normal Hue bulbs to experiment with and see how they might work. I wanted to do a sort of inversion from the congregation lights to the stage. We have pendant globes that light the sanctuary, so I wanted smaller versions of those on our lamp stands which previously had edison bulbs in them. Here’s the result of that experiment.

Len Wilson on using representative, abstract, and interpretive images in visual worship:

Images are the indigenous language of the mind. But as products of Western education and thinking, we’ve learned to shape our thoughts into propositions. The result is that we’ve lost the power of image to express ideas – either to raise questions or answer them. We mainly use images to illustrate or inform. As a result, most churches think of images literally.

Shalon Palmer explains why you should consider using the Nashville number system with your worship team:

Today I want to convince you that It’s time for you and your band to make the change to the number system. If you think bands like Jesus Culture, Hillsong, Chris Tomlin and …honestly any notable band, are still using chord sheets, it’s time to get real. They are using the number system. I am a strong proponent of using the number system. In fact, if your band isn’t currently using it, I would highly suggest doing so. Here are 4 reasons why.

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