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.

Time for this week’s Worship Tech Roundup

Mike Sessler on the pluses and minuses of doing an “invisible” ministry:

A big part of the problem with serving behind the scenes is that you are, by definition, supposed to be pretty much invisible. Most of the time, we technical artists are OK with that. We’d rather not be the ones on stage, talking to the crowd; or even in a big room full of people if we’re honest. We like to be in the background, and that’s OK. But there’s a problem with being invisible.

We tend to feel invisible, too.

Cathy Hutchison shares volunteer management advice from a variety of church tech directors:

You know there has to be a better way—and there is.

You can make your recruiting, development and retaining volunteers much more effective with some advice from church technical directors who are making it work…

Scott Pharr published a pretty through guide to choosing worship presentation software:

It’s 1998. You come to church early, turn on your gigantic Windows desktop, wait forever, open PowerPoint, and type out each slide for the new worship hit, “Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord.” Using a video meant turning on the VHS player, which took 5 minutes of the service to just set up. Thankfully, a few developers decided that there had to be a better way and created worship presentation software! Today there are a number of worship presentation software options. But how do you know which one will serve your church’s needs best? We’ve taken the top softwares and created this infographic to help answer those important questions.

Kevin Penrod explains how even designing stage lighting can be an act of worship:

By nature, I think many lighting designers often become more focused on the technical side and forget that what we do is just as much an art form as the worship team on the stage. It also became important for me to realize that I cannot just be creative because I want to be; I needed to let God be the creative being that he is and use me to communicate that to each and every person coming into his place of worship.

Brent Mann lists a half-dozen reasons why churches should use video in worship and teaching:

Now I know what you are thinking, “The reason why it’s so high is because someone is sending a cat video to friends, coworkers, and family.” Undoubtedly, you are correct. Videos are becoming the way we share laughter, thought provoking messages and emotional messages.

Consider this: How many books have you read this year, compared to movies that you’ve watched?

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