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.

Chess Hoyle shares seven tips on building a stage design out of wood pallets:

If you’ve peered into the world of stage design recently, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a number of sets built out of reclaimed pallet wood, and with good reason. It gives spaces a warm, earthy feel. Pallets are easy to come by. The wood is cheap (sometimes even free). Construction is quick and straightforward. After four years of all white Coroplast and cardboard sets in our student ministry space, I decided it was time to build one of these sets. I learned a number of things along the way, so if you’re considering building one of these sets for your next design, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

Mike Sessler explains why every church building project needs to have some tech people involved:

As a TD, staff or volunteer, if you are ever asked to be involved early on in a building project, jump at the chance. Here’s why: You will be the only person thinking about the building project from a production/lighting/acoustical/visual stand point. You know more about how that new room will need to work than anyone else on the staff. You will think of things no one else ever will… The funny thing is, it’s not just about the gear.

Fox Watterson offers an in-depth tutorial on the features of Planning Center Live:

Planning Center Live (PCLive) is one of the least used features from PCO, but is probably one of the best and most useful features that is provided. In it’s most basic form, it’s a tool designed to keep a record of services time and allows users to keep track of where they are within the service. It doesn’t really get much more complicated than that, but it does offer a lot more features that connect users and keeps those user operating a high level of efficiency. So let’s dive right in and take a look at what Planning Center Live can do for you.

Chris Huff lists seven tips for using reverb and delay – without overdoing it:

Effects can take a mix to a whole new level. Using them can be as simple as a one or two-dial analog control or as complex as an expensive multi-faceted digital plugin. Today, I’m covering the tips I’ve found helpful over the years that look past the implementation and focus on the general mechanics.

Albin Söderström provides a great reminder of what church tech is really all about:

To say that I really enjoyed those minutes is an understatement. I felt like laughing and crying at the same time. I honestly feel that it is moments like these, moments when you realize that what you do really makes a difference for someone’s personal life, that makes everything I do on a weekly basis worth it.

As a tech person it is sometimes easy to get so stuck in preparations, sound checking, or something important that just needs to be fixed right now or the entire world (or at least the service) will end (badly) that we forget that we, as the Church, are dealing with people and both their present and their eternal life.

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