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Mobile Stages for Outdoor Ministry

By Todd Allison   Outdoor services have always existed, but the recent pandemic has given them a new revival. Meeting in the open outdoor spaces is one of the few ways believers could gather without running afoul of COVID restrictions. That said, outdoor services have become quite popular for reasons beyond following the CDC guidelines.

Getting the Right Lighting for Your Worship Space

  By Scott Kinnebrew I remember the early days of making copies of sermons on cassette and learning just how many people benefitted from having access to them. It wasn’t always the kinds of restrictions you would think might keep a person from attending church in person, but having access to these recordings helped so

Setting the Stage for Singers at The Moody Church

  The vocal team at The Moody Church in Chicago—comprising four to seven people a week, including Tim Stafford, pastor of music ministries—has recently adopted ASI Audio x Sensaphonic’s 3DME Music Enhancement IEM System. “When the pandemic hit, and we transitioned to broadcasting church services online only, we had to retool our monitoring needs for

Creating an Immersive Worship Experience with Audiovisual Technology

  By Jim Jensen, Sr. Captivating new and existing members of a congregation will always remain a top priority and challenge for places of worship. Whether it’s due to illness, disabilities, time of year, global issues like the pandemic or personal choice, there are many factors that can cause attendance to fluctuate from week to

Stage Gear for Special Events

  By Scott Kinnebrew The modern church has become more than just a place for worship; it is a center point of the community, a gathering place, a location for celebration. Be it a guest speaker, a wedding, a theatrical or musical performance, a holiday celebration, fundraiser, festival, or other special event, there are very

Passion City Church Builds Future-Proof Live Audio Transport Solution

  Artel Video Systems recently announced that Passion City Church is using two Artel Quarra 1G PTP Ethernet switches to support IP-based handling of audio signals being transported between its two main Atlanta church locations — “515” and Cumberland — and a third site in Trilith, Georgia, to support worship services, events, and other productions.

3 Easy Ways to Fix Your Worship Livestream

  By James Wasem The quality of your church livestream depends on a lot of factors. One of the big factors is sound quality. But did you know that you can have the perfect mix in the room, but still not have a great sounding livestream? Here are three ways you can improve your church

Create a Cohesive Look with Your Worship Presentation Software

  By Ben Wagner No matter what operating system you use or whatever projection software your ministry is taking advantage of for your church services, creating a cohesive look and feeling for that presentation is a key proponent to a successful “big screen” display. As many know, PowerPoint has long been a staple in presentation

How to Upgrade Church Audiovisual Equipment

  Many churches rely on outdated audiovisual systems. While the church is about so much more than technology, updating your audiovisual system can help you reach more people and ensure they have the opportunity to hear your message. Whether you have a small or large church, audiovisual equipment is one of the most valuable church

Digital Projection Lets the Light Shine at Lighthouse World Outreach Center

  For many small and rural towns, it’s often the local church that serves not only as a place of spiritual enrichment, but also provides fellowship and a sense of community to the residents. This is particularly the case in Monroe, Georgia, where Lighthouse World Outreach Center has been passionately serving the community for nearly

How to Create Engaging Worship Experiences in the Age of Live Streaming

  By Drew Gula The world has yet to fully recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and one takeaway we’ve all experienced is the old idiom that “no man is an island.” The need for connection has never been greater, and that’s particularly true when it comes to our spiritual lives. Attending church is about more

Elevating the Worship Experience

  In 1998, Connect Church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, began under the leadership of Pastor Kyle Horner and his wife, Danielle. With a foundation focused on multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-generational worship, this high-energy, contemporary church continues to grow and evolve to support the community. Part of this evolution is not just adjusting to how

Worship in Winter Haven Has Changed with Adamson  

  Winter Haven Worship Center in Winter Haven, Florida, has installed a new Adamson PA system in their 1,000-seat facility. The new system features a main stereo hang of nine IS10b sub-compact line array cabinets on each side, along with a total of four IS10pb full-range point source cabinets for outside and centre fill. Eight

5 Reasons House of Worship Audio Video Upgrades Fail

  By Russ Thompson I have had the pleasure lately to work with quite a few houses of worship in successfully upgrading technology and enhancing the worship service experience for their members. It has been great to get out and meet some awesome people, and I always enjoy learning about the variety in worship experiences

DPA Mics Provide Accurate, Intelligible Sound for Churchgoers Watching from Home

  When faced with shelter-in-place regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, like many churches around the world, decided to shift from in-person gatherings on Sundays to recorded services so churchgoers could watch from home. The initial offerings relied on existing audio and video equipment, which was more

Achieving Online Church Engagement

  By Stephanie Leathe It’s easy to watch church online. Actually getting viewers to engage…that’s the hard part. As a culture, with the abundance of resources and content at our fingertips, we have become gifted consumers. It is incredibly easy to access anything and everything from recipes to virtual museum tours. In the last 18

Clearly Hearing the Word

  By John Calder In the beginning was the Word… It was followed many years later by the realization that room acoustics affect listeners’ ability to clearly hear spoken words. Houses of worship have progressed over many centuries from caves to cathedrals, from small groups to mega-churches, all in the service of the spoken word.

Saint Thomas Church Embraces Livestreaming Technology to Bring Community and Worship Together

  By Jim Wickizer Working to expand its online offerings beyond audio webcast, Saint Thomas Church in New York, New York, began filming video recordings of its services with a one-man video team for its extensive religious community. The original webcast production process ended up being a laborious and time-intensive endeavor, taking up to 15

Considering Wireless Mics for Your Worship Facility

  By Doug Kliever If you’re considering a wireless mic system, current solutions offer more functionality and performance than just a few years ago. Have you held off getting new microphones over the past year to see how your needs would evolve in a shifting worship environment? There’s no better time than now to start

Just Add Power Helps Illinois Church Spread the Word to an Expanding Community

  Just Add Power, a leader in video-over-IP distribution, has announced that its Ultra HD over IP system has been installed at the new Light of Christ Lutheran Church (LOC) Worship Center in Algonquin, Illinois. Just Add Software, a developer of configuration and control solutions for the Just Add Power platform, utilized the system to

LED Lighting Enhances Your Worship Services and Your Bottom Line

  By Jeff Carey LED lighting has become a focal point of the visual aspect of churches, along with the benefits of energy and maintenance savings. Many churches are now open seven days a week, and effective LED lighting projects can offset a good portion of these costs. Enhancing the worship experience has become a

How To Get Started with IP-Focused Live Video Production

  By Will Waters The benefits of live video production in the House of Worship world were recently outlined in an article looking at the work of Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, California. Live video helps worship teams widen the borders of their congregation, reach new members, increase participation, and improve the vibrancy of the

4 Steps to Establish Vision in Your Worship Team

  By Willy Counts It’s no surprise that the Worldwide Church is transitioning the way that they approach church as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, or “these unprecedented times.” Local churches everywhere are in need of strategies to help them understand what works and what doesn’t work post-COVID. If you need a strategy that

Financing an AV System

  Upgrading a church AV system is a task many find daunting, let alone addressing how to finance it.  Some may not realize the vitality of upgrading their system and how it can improve quality of life, increasing both efficiency and productivity. The Importance of Upgrading Your AV System One of the most evident pros

Remarkable Flexibility: Choir Stick Mics at Rowlett UMC

  When Don Shelley of the First Rowlett United Methodist Church in Texas decided it was finally time to replace five portable boom-arm mics that had been purchased more than 20 years earlier, he figured he had really got his money’s worth. The old mics had started to show wear and recently began emitting interference

Chico Church Uses NewTek TriCaster to Offer Live Video and Connect Community During COVID-19 Restrictions

  Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, California, has many digital offerings, including a mobile app and live video of its worship services available to all – offerings that went from impressive to critical during the COVID-19 global pandemic. “About two years ago, we looked to video to enhance what we’re already doing, and start being

Audio as the Great Enabler to Flexible and Agile Worship Environments

  By Dudley McLaughlin The house of worship environment has long been a bastion of innovation in terms of AV capabilities. For example, while some would be quick to point out the many challenges of a worship environment for pro audio, others see these spaces as a proving ground for new technologies that mitigate challenging

Taking Live Streaming to the Next Level

  By Bob Pritchett Over the past year since COVID-19 began affecting our nation, the church has adjusted its routines, become more tech-savvy and learned the ins and outs of virtual gatherings. We saw a time when attending church virtually was a necessity. Many leaders quickly and successfully shifted their approach to offer discipleship, worship

Calvary Chapel Church Sings Praises of Innovative Staging Solutions

  Calvary Chapel church, located in Hemet, California, serves as a gathering place for worship, scripture and song among the San Jacinto Valley community. Hosting a wide range of events, from Sunday services to community happenings, church leadership saw a need to expand the facility’s stage area and functionality to accommodate performers and guests comfortably

Equipment for Drive-In Services

  By Todd Allison        The pandemic has been hard on everyone. But it has been particularly hard on businesses and organizations that require people to gather. Concerts and events, as we know them, have become a thing of the past. Churches have also struggled to meet safely. But amongst all this uncertainty, a new trend

Elation House Lighting Solution Gives Tennessee Church a Fresh, New Look

  A fresh wash of dynamic light from Elation Fuze Pendant house downlights has helped transform The First Family/First Baptist Church’s sanctuary from a more ordinary space with uneven illumination to a modern-looking house of worship more reflective of today’s contemporary worship. Seeking to upgrade its more traditional house lighting to something more state of

A Design Perspective

  By John W. Pierce As we all know now, COVID has changed the way that ministries operate, period. It has single-handedly changed the way we worship and engage in relationships and how build our community of believers. As you can imagine, the overnight shift in how we gather and communicate to our congregations has

Upgrading Video Production Equipment for More Engaging Online Content During Pandemic

  Church of the Highlands, a multi-site megachurch headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, recently engaged Adorama Business Solutions, a premier technology resource for corporate, educational, and government institutions, to procure its AV equipment for video production needs. The added inventory has empowered Church of the Highlands to remotely respond to the needs of its congregants through

The Vital Role of Staging in a New Era of Live Events

  By Cindy Albrecht Due to the heavy impact of COVID-19 on the live events industry, spatial distancing will likely play a major role in how people attend sports competitions, theatrical productions, worship services, business conferences, classes and other in-person presentations in the coming months and years. In fact, it is quite possible that the

COVID and Church Streaming

  If your church isn’t already streaming its services online, it certainly should be! With COVID-19, people need church now more than ever before to find hope, community, and feel connected in these challenging times. Just because your church’s physical building might be closed, or operating at a limited capacity, doesn’t mean that you can’t

Focusing on What Churches Do Best with LiveControl’s Remote Production Crew in the Cloud

  While stay-at-home orders have decreased physical attendance at churches over the past year, live streaming has given churches the opportunity to reach a much wider viewership. John Volinsky, campus pastor at Bayside Church in California, spoke to this opportunity and said that “most people that come to Bayside actually first watched our services online.”

Extending Worship Beyond the Church Walls

  Founded in 1976 and nestled in Denton, Texas, Denton Bible Church is a non-denominational church that averaged 4,000 congregants each Sunday across its three services. As the demand for digital content and streaming grew and the need for quality video for the church increased, Denton Bible Church sought to replace its outdated camera system

Amazing Renovations!

  Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, needed to make a change. They had completed a ground-up, extensive $27 million campus in 2004, the largest Methodist church building project in the United States. However, church leadership still felt that their congregation was too scattered. At the time, Asbury served a multigenerational congregation with 8,000

Take Your Church’s Livestreaming to the Next Level This Holiday Season

  By Bob Pritchett As churches transition into the holiday season, having not merely functional but seamless and inviting livestreaming of sermons and worship services is essential. Many church members who may be traveling, working or who prefer to participate from home due to health and safety concerns deserve to be accommodated so that they

A Church Remodel to Serve a Multi-Generational Congregation

  Although church attendance has been down due to the pandemic, churches and businesses are still investing in projects of all kinds. Ridgecrest Baptist Church chose to do this project to help reach more and more people of all demographics. While it is helping them during the pandemic, it will also continue to help them

Live Stream to Strengthen Your Connection to Your Community

  By Julie Briestensky It’s no secret that the emergence of COVID-19 this year has dramatically impacted the way people worship. Due to health and safety recommendations, including social distancing and self-mandated quarantines, many folks — especially the elderly and the sick — haven’t been able to attend church services as usual. As a result,

Crystal-Clear Audio via Wi-Fi with Listen EVERYWHERE

  With 350 to 400 congregants, Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson, South Carolina, is part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. About 60 percent of its members are ages 50 and older, and 30 percent are younger families. The tech-savvy church has a long history of live-streaming its worship services every week—even before COVID-19. Problem When

Using Wireless Microphones for Indoor and Outdoor Church Activities

  By Don Roth Since the development of wireless microphones some 60 years ago as a novelty-convenience item, their performance and use have grown tremendously. A wireless microphone, combined with the right public address system that can receive a clear signal from the microphone and broadcast the sound strongly and without signal interference, can be a

d&b Soundscape System Installed at Pinelake Church

  When Pinelake Church in Mississippi opened their Reservoir Campus in 2003, the church originally had a traditional, full choir and orchestra worship style. Since then, the church has transitioned to a more contemporary style of worship, which pointed out weaknesses and the age of their current sound system. These weaknesses created a roadblock to

3 Ways to Build Community with Your Church’s Live Stream

  What if people who came to your live stream service felt like they were a part of it? Felt connected? From that live stream connection, you could build an online church community that engages all week long. The foundation for that is making your live stream service feel more like an in-person service. Here’s

5 Questions to Ask Before Live-Streaming Worship Services

  By Shawn Yingling Many religious organizations are turning to alternative means for their congregations to “communally” practice their faith. From drive-in movie theaters to podcasts, faith leaders are finding creative solutions. Live-streaming services is one of the easiest ways to keep the faith going. With today’s technology and video streaming sites, it doesn’t require

How a Compact Aerial Lift Can Help with Sanctuary Lighting Projects

   By Paul Ptak Working above 30 feet inside a sanctuary can be a real challenge today. With ever-higher ceilings, architectural beams, and seating and pews in the way, it can be difficult to reach the highest points for lighting, maintenance, A/C duct cleaning, emergency light batteries, ceiling repairs or the popular LED lighting retrofit.

GT Church Upgrades Live Streaming Equipment and Processes

  GT Church, a multisite church with two locations in Pennsylvania, recently enlisted Adorama Business Solutions — a premier technology resource for corporate, educational, and government institutions — to upgrade its production equipment and processes to enable High Definition (HD) live streaming and recorded broadcasts of its services. Eager to make dynamic, engaging, and artful

Is Your Stream Worth Watching?

  By Mark Tarbet The gospel message is powerful…if it can be heard. Streaming is simply the delivery mechanism of the gospel, just as missionaries are. Churches go to great lengths to equip, plan and evaluate their missions’ efforts. So, wouldn’t it make sense to equip our stream to be successful and evaluate how well

Video Walls: A Bold and Beautiful Upgrade

  By Chris Feldman There are three things to consider if you’re thinking about adding a video wall to your house of worship. We’ve all seen televangelists on Sunday mornings, their smiles gleaming not just from the pulpit but also repeated in a larger, magnified scale on a gigantic screen mounted behind or beside them.

Building a Scalable Worship Streaming System

  By Paul Richards One of the biggest mistakes that churches make when beginning a live streaming ministry is failing to think about the future. Often, the process of getting a live stream off the ground starts with little to no budget. Therefore, the first consideration is finding the least expensive options. That is a

Top 4 Considerations for Deploying AV Technology in a House of Worship

  By Stephen Milley In the digital era, audio and visual technology are a must-have for worship venues to ensure – and increase – congregation attendance. From music to scripture to sermons, these venues have a variety of inspirational content to relay to patrons, but often, houses of worship don’t have the tools needed to

AmpliVox Responds to Emergency Communication Needs and ADA Requirements

  By Don Roth, CEO, AmpliVox In good times or bad, AmpliVox has always been dedicated to satisfying near or long-term customer needs with a broad range of PA systems and presentation furniture that help people communicate more clearly, efficiently, and with more style and polish. Here are some current examples. Today’s public health emergency

How to Select Projection Screens for Your Church

  By Dave Rodgers This simple task will become a big deal if you do something wrong. Here’s some advice from a professional manufacturer. Hint – You don’t need to pay the most to get the best. A church’s projection display is as important as the pulpit is. Count on it; the congregation’s eyes will

Helping Your Church Live Stream

  Paul William Richards has announced that he will be shipping copies of his book, “Helping Your Church Live Stream,” to as many houses of worship as possible during the coronavirus outbreak. Richards is Chief Streaming Officer at PTZOptics, a live streaming camera manufacturer. The book, which was released in 2019, is currently available on

Grace Church Enlightens Services with New High Brightness LCD Projector

  Grace Church in Bainbridge, Georgia, is a non-denominational community church and home to a weekly congregation of more than 200 people. Mitch Hines, worship & children’s pastor, has been part of the Grace Church community for eight years and works to help the church provide a worship service that is fun, enjoyable and community

How AV Technology Is Reshaping the Modern Church

  By Warren Osse For many years, traditional churches were built with the goal of reinforcing natural speech. But as audiovisual (AV) technology has advanced, modern churches are being created with more auditorium and presentation-centric technology to aid both attendees and the worship leaders in the delivery of the message. In today’s contemporary worship service,

Crown Design Group and Absen Create Inspirational Sanctuary Environment for Action Church

  As one of the fastest growing churches in the United States, Action Church has become a community fixture in local Orlando areas, including Oviedo, Sanford and Winter Garden. Most recently, Action Church expanded its reach when it opened its newest location in Winter Park, Florida, as its first large, non-mobile location. “We exist here

Creating a Balanced and Colorful Worship Design

  Dedicated to creating a welcoming and authentic relationship with their congregation, Bannockburn Church is a sanctuary filled with encouragement and bonded through a common faith. Located near Austin, Texas, the church recently made the decision to renovate their outdated production design behind the worship environment, and they needed a partner to make the design

Why You Should Be Using Presentation Software

  By David May If you’re not familiar with church presentation software, you probably wonder if there’s a better way to display lyric slides, scripture text, and other media for your services. Maybe you’ve not even thought about software for the purpose of church projection being available. Well, it is available and has been for

Life Church Selects VITEC Houses of Worship Streaming Solutions

  VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, has announced its MGW Ace Encoder and Decoder were successfully installed at Life Church and its four satellite campuses in Memphis, Tennessee. Part of VITEC’s Houses of Worship Solution, the MGW Ace Encoder and Decoder allow the church to live stream its services

7 Benefits of LED Stage and House of Worship Lighting

We’ve come a long way since the days of limited LED color choices and high expense. The cost of LED lighting keeps coming down, but it still hasn’t reached parity with traditional lighting. Or has it? There are more factors to consider than just the sticker price, so let’s investigate whether any long-term savings make

Learn About Your Room’s Acoustic System – and How to Improve It

  By Jim DeGrandis Ever wonder why some rooms sound better than others? What components contribute to perception of sound in a space? What knowledge do you need to solve the sound problems that you have? The System When people read the heading “The System,” there will be a great number who assume I am

9 Tips for Choosing Worship Songs

  By Maribeth Dodd  Have you ever wondered how worship leaders choose which songs they use? Have you ever wondered how YOU should choose the songs you bring to your church? After years of planning worship services, I can say that there are a few key things that I consider when choosing songs. By no

First Baptist Church of Jacksonville Achieves Seamless Interoperability

  In order to achieve a flexible tally communication between its legacy and new production equipment, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, recently integrated TSL Products’ TallyMan control system into its control room upgrade. With four distinct campuses across the city, FBC JAX was specifically looking for a means of integrating a new Ross Ultrix

How to Mic Speech on Stage with Headworn and Miniature Mics

  Auditoriums, churches, educational facilities, conference rooms, courtrooms and theaters are all places where one or more people speak to an audience. If that speaker is untrained, and/or doesn’t know to speak up in a clear and articulate manner, this can be an issue. Moreover, the speaker may not use a handheld microphone. Or, he

Live Streaming with Calvary Chapel

  Conference Room Systems sat down with Timothy of Calvary Chapel Church to learn why he switched from a prosumer camcorder to a PTZOptics Streaming kit and how he has seen his church grow since. Tell us about your church. We are Calvary Chapel Blue Ridge located in Blue Ridge, Georgia. If you know anything

Improving Your Church Lighting

By Jim Sweeney How much easier would video streaming be if those watching at home could easily overlook murky audio, poor camera angles and insufficient lighting? But they don’t. We’ve all seen too many movies and TV shows to let us ignore those deficiencies. Of course, the members of your church don’t expect a movie-quality

The Importance of AVL in Worship

As houses of worship grow, these facilities are using technology to spread their mission and message in a contemporary and inclusive medium. A skilled AV service can design and build an AVL project that delivers an immersive and engaging experience to all worshipers, offering them the opportunity to observe, listen and interact with their fellow

The Art of Song Selection

By Josh James Worship leaders/pastors are teachers. The fact of the matter is that music is one of the most important parts of church gatherings. From my own experience growing up in church, I left the gathering singing a song we sang together more often than I would remember large chunks of the sermon or

AmpliVox Helps Illinois Church Overcome Acoustic Challenges

Today, churches are increasingly built with acoustics in mind, to address the acoustic challenges associated with larger and more complex structures featuring high angular ceilings, tall blank walls, large windows, decorative architectural features, and significant variations in size from one room to another. And, in addition to the challenges of the church structure, today’s religious

Danley Delivers at Immanuel Nashville

Immanuel Nashville is a 10-year-old church on the west side of the famous music city, and its rapid growth recently inspired a move to a bigger, 1,000-seat sanctuary. Although its services are rooted in a traditional approach, Immanuel Nashville also stages a full band and blends its traditional hymns with more contemporary music. After making

Why Churches Should Start Seeing AVL as a Service

If you’re used to being the place your community comes for existential help, you might not always recognize it when you need it yourself. Point blank, help is the hardest thing to ask for when you’re “supposed” to have it all together. As a church production team, you’re juggling events throughout the week, services on

10 Things to Do Before You Start Streaming

By Mindy Worley Does your church want to stream but doesn’t know where to start? Decide on your purpose and content. The first thing to figure out is the purpose of your stream. Do you want to use your stream as a general broadcast, or would you like to set it up as an additional

Why 15 Techs at Elevation Church Went “All In” with Their Headsets

Charlotte-based Elevation Church now has 19 campuses around North Carolina, all with very high production values. Each of the locations has its own worship band, and services are streamed from Elevation’s broadcast location to its satellite locations and the Internet during worship experiences each weekend. About four years ago, one of the technical volunteers at

C3 Church Upgrades Audio with the Assistance of Morris Integration

Like most of the music world, C3 Church in Clayton, North Carolina, wanted to leave analog behind and enter the digital realm. It was clear to Troy Payne, production manager at C3 Church, there was no better guide than Morris Integration, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, to make this happen seamlessly and within budget. “C3’s aging

Texas Church Gets Top-Quality Sound

When Grace Bible Church in La Vernia, Texas, planned a complex renovation that took two years to complete, Jack Saenz, installation manager of BP Lighting, Sound and Video (BP), was brought in by Rock River Media to design a sound system that would fit within their budget but exceed their expectations. Saenz suggested a rig

Getting Versatile with Lighting

Theaters of one kind or another have long played a role in the growth of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, Illinois. Just before Christmas 1984, the suburban Chicago church, which was founded by four couples, held its first service in a rented movie theater. Christ Community has since grown into a thriving four-campus house

Helping Your Church Live Stream

By Paul Richards A friend of mine, Andrew Haley, the product evangelist for Wirecast, explained to me on a recent podcast about how important technology has been to Christianity over the past 600 years. Haley explained, “One of the main reasons why western religion has succeeded so greatly to this day, is because it has

Tech Maintenance: How to Lengthen Equipment Life

By Chris Huff Here’s a list of things to accomplish to ensure your AVL equipment operates at peak efficiency. Audio Blow out fan inlets of the equipment with canned air. Do not invert the cans when spraying or you’ll spray a freezing liquid that could fry your parts. You’d be surprised at how many churches

CCI Solutions Upgrades Calvary Chapel with Martin Audio CDD

The Calvary Chapel in East Anaheim, California, recently underwent a significant audio and lighting upgrade with a full complement of Martin Audio CDD speakers installed by CCI Solutions of Seattle, Nashville and Los Angeles. Asked about the system design and installation for Calvary, CCI Project Manager Justin Geoghegan responded, “The main challenge was providing even

Cleaning Your Video Projector

Throughout the year, we rely on our digital video projectors to quietly do their jobs. They hum away with their fans and blowers, happily projecting the content to enhance parishioners’ worshiping experience. While designed to maintain their functional temperature and brightness, they do need some attention from us. The beginning of the year is a

Impactful Worship with Elation Lighting at Cascade Hills Church

While many churches struggle to attract new members or keep current ones, Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, Georgia, has found success by keeping things fresh and presenting church as more than just an hour-a-week event to endure. With the knowledge that AV and dynamic lighting systems can positively impact the overall worship experience, Cascade Hills

What Is the Best Pulpit Mic for Your Church?

By Duke Taber In our age of digital technology, not everyone can appreciate things that are “old school.” One of those things is preaching from behind the pulpit, yet many people love that their pastor still stands behind the lectern to deliver God’s word to them. With that in mind, finding the best pulpit mic

Church Lights Up Its Campus Using Environmental Projection with New Projectors

Members of the 1,500-person congregation who meet at Current – A Christian Church (Current) in Katy, Texas, on Sundays are familiar with the church’s mission to create a warm and welcoming environment for members and guests alike. Thanks to Evan Schwartz, lead worship & creative arts minister, and his team, each service is equipped with

11 Reasons to Invest in Church Presentation Software

By Dan Willard You know the saying, “Remember the good old days when…”? Like, “Remember the good old days when you could buy a Coke for a nickel?” Well, I’m not quite old enough to remember that, but when it comes to displaying song lyrics in church, I remember the old days, which are not

Illuminating the Worship Experience

Church of the Highlands recently updated their main Birmingham, Alabama, facility with a complete lighting package by HARMAN Professional Solutions, comprised entirely of Martin fixtures. Founded in 2001 by senior pastor Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands is a non-denominational multi-site church with headquarters in Birmingham and 16 additional satellite campuses across Alabama. With an

How to Get Amazing Sound at Any Church

By Jim Schwenzer As AV professionals, when we think of a megachurch, we typically don’t visualize the size of the building first. Rather, we think of the production quality – the visuals, the sound, the energy – that charges the worship experience. Megachurches didn’t get big and then improve their production. They grow by presenting

The Best Microphone for Preaching

By Brandon Hilgemann I once preached a sermon that I thought was one of my best yet. But then I watched the recording, and I was horrified! My mic popped and hissed throughout the entire message. It was distracting and embarrassing. Has this ever happened to you? A great sermon can be spoiled by a

Developing the Right Stage Design

By Steven Hall Creating an excellent atmosphere for worship is pivotal in our new visual culture. Increasingly in our culture, people communicate and connect through visuals in everything they do. Worship is no different. This creates a need in the modern church to create a visual experience in our worship services. We are blessed to

Conveying Heavenly Music

Founded in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1956, Sacred Heart Cathedral served as the cathedral for the Diocese of Knoxville from 1988 until very recently. It was superseded by the new 1,300-plus seat Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was built on the same property for $30.8 million. With assistance from McCrery Architects (Washington,

PA System Raises Spirits and Solves Under-Balcony Problems

The snow kept falling and falling. And falling. Reaching two feet, the weight of the snow was too much for the roof to bear at Calvary Fellowship Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Ruptured pipes irreparably flooded the 1,100-seat sanctuary at a cost of over a million dollars in damage. Luckily, nobody was hurt. The renovation was

What Do You Need to Get Started with Stage Lighting at Your Church?

By David Henry Getting started with lighting can be difficult and confusing. If you simply want mediocre lighting, this isn’t the place to be. However, if you want to create dynamic, interesting and inspiring lighting, I will walk you through exactly how to get started with lighting at your church below. Even if you need

The Benefits of Projecting Hymns

  This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue. By James Tackett James Tackett is with The Paperless Hymnal, www.paperlesshymnal.com. When most of us went to church not many years ago, we expected to sit in a pew, take a hymnal from the rack in front of us, and sing along with the song

A Second Look at Laser Projectors

By Darren Macdonald I read a tech forum post recently where a pastor asked fellow readers to comment on lamp vs. laser projectors. Almost immediately, a handful of salespeople flooded the comments with statements similar to “YES – only buy lasers.” Such biased and inexperienced responses are quite disturbing. Telling a church to buy a

Assistive Listening for Smart Phones

By Carrie Keele Faith comes from hearing the message… – Romans 10:17 “Please turn off your cell phones” is a common request heard at the start of worship services, live performances and most any event where phones and other mobile devices are likely to distract users and those around them or prevent people from being

The Critical Importance of Church Choirs

By Vince Wilcox Are church choirs going the way of pay phones and Blockbuster video stores? The evidence seems pretty convincing. From 1998 to 2012, 21 percent of evangelical churches and 40 percent of mainline churches stopped using choirs regularly in worship (according to the most recent National Congregational Study). That said, of the 200,000

Broadway United Methodist Church Upgrades to Martin Audio

CCI Solutions recently completed an audio-video-lighting renovation for Broadway United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that included a complement of Martin Audio CDD-LIVE speakers and CSX-LIVE subwoofers. Duke DeJong, vice president of sales and integration for CCI, describes the space as “a more traditional sanctuary that exists in addition to a larger, more contemporary

4-Point Checklist for Live Streaming Church Events

By Michael Smith Live streaming events is a great way to expand your church’s ministry. There are lots of steps and a few different ways to approach this ministry of your church. If you’ve been charged with your church’s vision to begin, once you get started, there is often concern or even panic that can

Artiste DaVinci Has What It Takes at Oklahoma's Guts Church

Guts Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is not your average house of worship. Founding pastor Bill Scheer, who has an affinity for leather and motorcycles, started the ministry in 1992 for people who don’t necessarily like church. Since then, the church has steadily grown to encompass three campuses, and today is one of Tulsa’s largest congregations.