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.
Poor sound quality is one of the most frequently heard complaints from pastors. “It’s too loud” and “I can’t understand what they are singing or speaking” are the most often cited problems, and many church audio systems have been replaced because of these problems—sometimes without achieving much improvement.
The problem, however, often has nothing to do with the audio system. Instead, the problem is a frequently discounted or ignored aspect of your sanctuary or auditorium that plays a critical role in whether or not your audio system is effective.
We’ve all been there, rushing to get the band mic’d up, trying to get monitor feeds happening while also trying to get some sort of FOH mix dialed in while the band rehearses the chorus for the 18th time. How many times have you come away from a soundcheck actually feeling like you checked out the sound? Let’s look at six ways we can make more effective use of the time given to us for the all important, sometimes elusive soundcheck.
I distinctly remember coming away from each night with a beaming mixture of pride and humility. For eight days and three nights of performances, our team came together and came up huge. At the time, it was one of the biggest productions the church had ever done and each and every person on our team stepped up to the challenge. To this day, I feel so proud of that team and it set the stage for bigger and better things to come even after I left… But more importantly, I felt so honored to play a part in what God was doing in our community and in reaching all of those people who responded to His love that weekend.
A quick look at God’s creation testifies to the fact that multi-sensory experiences reinforce ideas and content. Yes, over the years, we’ve battled with balance. We’ve asked ourselves, “How much it too much?” “When does stage design draw more attention to the design than the Designer?” As we look at moving toward this balance, there are some practical things a designer can do in their preparation. I’ve listed a few here.
As you look through these ideas, keep in mind that stages come in all shapes and sizes as well as do the budgets that supply stage designs. It’s OK if you can’t implement all of these things at once. Work toward it and keep dreaming.