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.
Many churches these days have moved to IEMs (In-Ear Monitors) to reduce stage clutter, tighten up sound, and heighten musicality in the band. The sound and individual control of IEMs is fantastic, but it takes some getting used to – especially because the relational, community environment that is worship is very different from a straight performance. Gleaning from some great friends who have gone before us in the IEM world, here are 10 best practices for using IEMs in your worship environment.
Live media has changed a lot in the past 20 years for churches. Overhead transparencies have been replaced with presentation software. Keyboards have been replaced with MIDI controllers and laptops. And while computers have brought a new world of convenience into the worship environment, they are not perfect machines: apps crash, batteries die, and hard drives fail. As it turns out, many of the convenient features about owning a personal computer become inconvenient when that computer is used in a live production environment. What if I told you that by eliminating some of these features you could prevent most of the blunders that cause distractions in your services?
Church members travel and are unable to physically attend church every week. People turn to the Internet to find answers about God. Other people are not ready to physically attend your church, but are willing to “attend” online. Providing an online stream of your worship service can provide each of these people a way to connect with your church and stay connected when they cannot physically attend. Halfheartedly putting a video of the worship services online can do more harm than good. Here are 5 key truths to remember when providing online streaming.
The primary camera should always located dead center in the sanctuary with the lens at eye level with those standing on the platform. The zoom range on the lens should be able to achieve at very least a waist level close up of the speaker. This position is frequently met with opposition from the pastor or others because of its visibility and possible audience distraction. For professional looking video it is vitally important to do whatever is necessary to achieve this goal.
With Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram just to name a few visually-driven social media network, graphics are a big deal and can have huge ministry impact. While some churches might have a graphics designer on staff, I’m willing to bet that the majority don’t. That’s why I’ve gathered some DIY church graphics resources that can benefit that volunteer, part-time communications volunteer, or even pastor who does everything from soup to nuts.