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.

David Stagl posted a beginner’s guide to troubleshooting audio systems:

A few of us were recently asked a troubleshooting question on Twitter, and this seemed like a good opportunity to talk about the subject. If you’re a troubleshooting ninja this is probably going to be below you, but if you often feel overwhelmed when trouble arrises and don’t know where to start, this is for you.

When I would talk to my crew about troubleshooting, the first thing I always mention are checking the 3 “P’s”. These are three things that, in my experience, are the leading cause of trouble in probably 80-90% of audio issues.

Gangai Victor linked to some great resources for learning music theory (something every worship team member should be familiar with):

However, good musicians are rarely satisfied with what they already have—they are more excited about augmenting their skills with new ones.

Music theory is valuable if you want to deeply understand and appreciate music. It can also help you explore music more creatively.

While you can always enroll for music theory classes offline, these 4 resources can help if online learning is your thing…

Mark Martin is starting a conversation on lead sheets versus sheet music for you keyboard players and pianists:

If you are playing the piano in a church, chances are you’ve had someone ask you to play a song for them from a lead sheet.

If you’re not familiar with that term, a lead sheet is a piece of music that just has the melody line on the staff with the letter name of the chords written above (such as C, Em, etc.). They are also called “chord charts.”

… But, in today’s world, your value as a pianist rises when you have the ability to work with a lead sheet.

Church Tech Today has a rundown of worship software for different size churches:

There are many software options available to make sure Sunday morning is a success. While most of us have a soft spot in our hearts for PowerPoint, it is far from the best option for churches for a number of reasons. With various other software applications used by church techs such as Planning Center Online, Google products, and other church software solutions related to management and workflow, there’s a wide world of worship software options that can find a place in any church budget – from small to mega.

We’ve sifted through many of the options out there, taking into account budgets, sizes of churches, training for volunteers and staff, ease of use, and a few special needs that you might encounter. This is not a comprehensive guide, but a helpful article that presents some of the best options out there for churches to use. As with all technology, taking time to weigh all your options and prayerfully consider what will best work for your team and your church is important…

Rachel Anderson shares some church media freebies for October:

Crisp mornings, colorful leaves, pumpkin patches and fresh apples make October one of my favorite months! How could the month get even better, you ask? Free downloads, of course! October’s free downloads include a song track by Amber Sky Records, a kids audio track, a mini movie based on Psalm 138, mini movie by Dan Stevers, a song chart by Rend Collective, a stock video clip, and a mini movie to welcome people to your service. Be sure to download these new free resources for your ministry and share them with your media-loving acquaintances and friends!

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