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.

Jenn Rhodes shares six things you can do to make your church’s live stream as effective and trouble-free as possible:

It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the preparation that comes with choosing the right technology, streaming platform, and team members to get live streaming in place. Searching the Internet can offer a variety of resources to learn how live streaming works and what equipment is needed. To be really successful in broadcasting your services and events, it’s important to learn from experts and live streaming veterans about what to do with the solution you have. With that in mind, we’ve polled our customer support team experts to share six technical recommendations and audience considerations to ensure your church offers the best live streaming experience for your audiences.

Camron Ware explains why environmental projection in the church is a good idea – and one that ties us to our roots in a way:

However, it has been my experience that many of our worship spaces are simply white or beige boxes devoid of any rich visual imagery that point to God.

Now, in that past couple of decades we as the Church have gotten a little better—our walls might be mocha instead of white with stained concrete instead of green carpet, but overall the concept is still the same: our worship spaces generally do not convey the richness and beauty of the Lord.

It wasn’t always this way—the Church used to be REALLY good at using visuals in our buildings and worship services, and I think we are just now seeing the pendulum swing the other way back to the use of culture-leading visual art in the Church.

Dennis Choy reminds us that no matter how big or small your church is, your tech team will face similar problems:

This won’t be new to you as the tech leader of your church, but it might help those that work with you understand what you deal with on a regular basis. This list is definitely not fully encompassing, but hopefully is help for you. Here are three common problems every church faces regarding tech production at their church. I think they are all universal no matter what size church you are in – just on different scales. Whether you’re in a church of 30 or 30,000 what I’ve found is the same problems exist.

This one isn’t for the experts – Todd Wright shares the basics of surviving behind the sound desk (for non-engineers):

I’m a terrible sound engineer. I think I have a decent ear for what sounds good in a band mix; I just can’t actually make it happen behind a sound board. And maybe you are, too.

Real sound engineers are awesome – a gift from God – but what happens when YOU have to mix the band for a service? There are some tricks you can use to improve the quality of your mixing. This is about as basic as you can make it. You won’t be as good as the guy or gal who has a working knowledge of things like mic placement and frequency range, but maybe these little tips will help you get a better mix than you might normally come up with.

This is super nerdy, but fun. Myke Clements teaches you how to add low cost digital signage to your church using Raspberry Pi computers:

When starting any project for a church it’s hightly important to consider the reason for it, especially if there is money being spent on it. This is something I’ve always tried to consider when proposing a project to my Pastor. Before I begin researching solutions, I ask myself, why do I think this is necessary? Is this truely solving a problem, or just upgrading something that is working perfectly now?

The goal of this project was to solve two real problems.

  • The first is the lack of a visible clock in the sanctuary.
  • We needed an easy way to update the slide show that was running the lobby, in a visually appealing way.

So, how does the PiPlan solve these two problems?

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