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.

Judah Thomas shares why sarcasm and snark have no place behind the mixer (or on the platform):

Sometimes I feel like I have the spiritual gift of sarcasm! OK not really, but when hear me say that some of you were already formulating your own sarcastic reply, so you know what I mean. If given the option of giving a straight answer or a sarcastic one, too often many of us choose the biting remark.

When it comes to church-work it might be veiled even more.

Dan Reiland explains why using movies and video in church can be so effective:

Helping people find faith through film is a strong way to reach people with what really matters. Jesus. Hollywood is great at promising entertainment, and the church is great at promising eternity. Connecting the two can be powerful.

At The Movies isn’t really a new idea. Pastors have been using movie “clips” as part of sermon illustrations for years. This just takes that good idea and captures the strength of something both churched and un-churched people all love – movies!

ATM may not be for your church, but here are some thoughts in case you’re considering it…

Kenny Lamm turned us on to a really cool online utility for transposing music:

Often, we have demo tracks or backing tracks that are not in the correct key. Now there is an excellent online resource to transpose your audio files and chord charts easily.

Transposr.com allows you to copy and paste a text chord chart to transpose to any key in one of their apps. Another app at the site allows you to upload any mp3 which will be transposed to the key you specify and generate a downloadable file for you.

Calvin Roy lists six ways to keep your tech team from growing and developing:

We all have the desire for our services and events to run distraction free and as seamless as possible and most of us rely heavily on a volunteer base with varying skill levels in a/v production. In our efforts to mitigate “problems” in those times we can inadvertently be holding our volunteers back from progress. Today we’re going to highlight some of the ways we “help” our volunteers to remain stagnant in their tech knowledge journey.

Steve Ouimette has some questions you need to answer to make sure you’re not buying a guitar or gear you don’t really need:

Fast forward to the trips to the local and slightly out of the way music stores, and there they were: rows and rows of real Gibson Les Pauls. Of course, these were still totally out of my price range so I moved onto the row with Memphis and Seville LP copies. With my newly acquired paper route gig it looked like the wine red Seville with crap pickups, bolt-on neck, and no case was going to be the ticket. For the next 4-5 months I delivered newspapers, cut lawns, asked my folks to give me chores for extra cash and slowly piled up my wad of guitar money. The time came and I plunked down the coin for my LP copy and was about to leave when I realized I didn’t have an amp…

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