Worship Tech Roundup

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.

Josh Blankenship shares modern stage designs that are very cool and super cheap (the chalkboard one is spectacular):

Ever scrolled through Instagram or twitter to look at other churches stage designs? Ever felt really depressed after seeing how much they would cost to do at your church? It’s all good. We’ve all been there! No need to worry though. You can do some awesome church set designs even if your budget is really low. Here are 5 simple designs I have done over the past couple years.

Daniel Crawford lists three reasons that your church should do a live stream of its services:

Modern technology has brought innovative new options for the church. One of these new options is live streaming video of the church service. Not only had technology made live streaming available, but in the past 5 years it has become much more accessible and affordable. Most churches can begin streaming with just a simple digital camcorder and an internet-ready computer. Still, some raise question to streaming the service online, thinking that it will cause people to stay home instead of coming through the doors. Live streaming can be great ministry and outreach of your church, whether large are small. Here’s three ways live streaming is beneficial to your ministry.

Kade Young explains the mystery of that little knob at the top of each channel on your board (I’ve seen so many people misuse it that I can’t even count them):

I have found that a majority of worship leaders and volunteer sound techs do not fully understand the purpose of that knob at the top of the sound board: gain (also called ‘trim’ or ‘level’). They know that it affects the volume but aren’t quite sure how it is different than the fader at the bottom of the sound board. Properly setting the gain on your mixer is foundational to excellent sound. As a matter of fact, if you do not set it properly, you will never get the sound quality you so deeply desire. It is much like the foundation of your house. When not done the right way, it causes a chain of reactions in which the entire house eventually suffers.

Joey Santos shares five tips for excellent stage design:

When the focus is content, people’s lives are impacted by the message of each song, special element, video, and sermon. When good content is absent, we then look for artificial ways to fill the gap with fresh, new, and current looks and elements. Yet without good content, these things alone are without purpose and won’t impact and lead people to Christ. Every weekend, we should be very intentional about everything we bring to our stage design. Here are few things that, when done correctly, can impact your worship experience and without modifications from week to week…

Chase Morris explains the basics of stage lighting:

I am sure most of you have been to a concert in an arena with a big headlining act and thought to yourself, “Man, those lights look amazing!” Well, of course they do! They are run by lighting designers and technicians that have been doing it for years. How can you take the amazing lighting that you have seen at large events and put it into your church worship services? Fear not! It doesn’t take years of experience to get great lighting, just a few simple steps will put you on the right path.

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