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.

No matter how awesome your tech team is, they’ll mess up at some point. Josh Blankenship shows you how to handle it:

Your service is humming along. The worship set went well, you made it through the offering and the sermon is the only part of the service left. Then in the middle of the pastors main point out of nowhere the sermon bumper starts playing and the moment is ruined.

What’s next?

Should you run into the tech room and yell like a crazy person? Should you pretend like you didn’t even notice it? Should you start writing your resignation letter?

What is the right way to handle a tech screw up?

Adam Dolhanyk teaches you how to dial in good tone on complex pedals:

Some pedals are easy as pie to dial in. The MXR Phase 90 and it’s one control knob come to mind. The Tube Screamer is pretty straightforward: volume, tone, gain… that’s it. (Note: I love both of these pedals)

But as technology has advanced, pedals and their controls have become more advanced and complicated. Some people stay away from pedals with too many knobs or complicated controls. Some people have them, but don’t know what to do with them.

My goal is to walk you through some steps that should help you conquer your fears and expand your guitar tone!

Technology is great and Bible apps are plentiful, but Lyn Smith shares four reasons that apps will never replace an actual printed Bible:

I do it, too. Rather than lug an enormous study Bible to church, I whip out my smart phone in Sunday School and pull up my Bible app. Easy shmeasy and oh- so-convenient.

I don’t even need a Bible for the church service, where the verses used are put on a screen…

Much as I’m in favor of being techie forward and using technology to our advantage, there’s something different about a paper Bible. I believe that the Bible is one thing we shouldn’t access primarily via technology and here’s why…

Lauren Campbell explains why you might want to have a Twitter account for your worship space:

Using social media goes beyond Twitter and Facebook. You can use a personal blog, build a website or even set up an Instagram account for your worship facility. Take a look at these 7 tips addressing how you can use social media and how it will help your sanctuary.

Chuck Hewett shares an essential skill for worship leaders – how to speak drummer:

We all would agree that communication is a very important part of being a worship team. Not just socially communicating, but musically as well. When the MD (Music director) or worship leader says something in regards to drum playing and how it pertains to a song, there needs to be a common language of sorts that can be understood and executed by both parties involved. Certain words or phrases can be referenced to directly and effectively communicate to your drummer so that he/she spends more time playing what is directed, and less time trying to decipher your directions. Here are a few terms and tips to help in communicating with drummers.

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