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.

Mike Sessler explains why cheaper isn’t always less expensive when it comes to church tech:

Now that much of my time is spent developing AVL budgets for churches, I’ve spent a lot of time considering what constitutes a good value. One of the things I’ve noticed for a long time is that many churches shop based on price only. They may be comparing two pieces of equipment that do similar things and choose the least expensive. Sometimes that’s a good idea, but more often than not, it turns out the lowest price doesn’t equal the lowest cost.

This is especially true when you begin to factor in the cost of labor. This has been one of the more fascinating thing for me to start looking at closely. Here’s an example that might surprise you.

Jim Kumorek explains how to use media during worship without being distracting:

Many churches are using projection systems to provide lyrics to songs and sermon notes to the congregation. While the software generally isn’t difficult to learn or use, what’s often lacking is an understanding of how to use the system well in a worship context.

What I’m about to present here is subjective—you may disagree with some of all of my points, and that’s fine. But my hope is that this will make you think about what you are doing with your media system during services to ensure it works with how you lead your congregation in worship and teaching.

Chase Morris explains three common types of stage lights and what they’re used for:

Lighting your subject or subjects on stage is of paramount importance. If they weren’t lit, nobody would see them! So we know we need a good wash to have good lighting, and we have learned some things about our wash so lets just do it! However, wash technique cannot be taught in one article, there are too many pieces to it. Our next piece will cover the fixtures we use for our stage wash. Yes, this article will tell you about that long skinny fixture on the ceiling and what makes it different than smaller more bulky fixtures. Stage wash is not a science, just like everything in lighting. It is hard to walk into a room and say how many of each type of fixture they should have to do well with stage lighting. It is a rough guess and then you work with what you have.

Kenny Lamm lists some technology tools you can use when you’re running low on live musicians:

Churches with limited musician resources seem to be occurring in epidemic proportions. Also, many churches want to be able to utilize modern worship songs in their times of worship, but find it difficult to do so without proper instrumentation. Today, we have technologies available that provide great solutions for churches that need help. Listed below are five great options to help provide accompaniment for your worship, whether you are missing one or two key musicians or no one is there to play…

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