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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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% of evangelical churches and 40% of mainline churches stopped using choirs regularly in worship (according to the most recent National Congregational Study). That said, of the 200,000 evangelical and
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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
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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
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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.
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Grace Fellowship Worships and Streams with Allen & Heath

Grace Fellowship Church in Bogart, Georgia, has completed a major audio and video system upgrade including an Allen & Heath S Class Digital Mixing System with S5000 Surface, DM64 MixRack, DX32 Expander and seven ME-1 Personal Mixers with an ME-U Hub. The church hosts two contemporary worship services each Sunday with praise vocalists, a 30-voice
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Trending Technology in HOW

By Bryce Button Congregations assemble each week by the thousands in houses of worship around the world, where large projection screens and hanging displays serve up a combination of live and archived sermon footage, worship band performances rivaling rock concert productions, presentation materials and more. Several facilities additionally offer live streaming and video-on-demand services to
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Robotic Camera and Light Tracking Technology

It’s common knowledge that it’s difficult to maximize the quality of your video production when you must rely on volunteers to operate the cameras. Your goal is to provide the best audio and visual experience for those watching your video stream, as well as those in the facility where IMAG and sound reinforcement systems should
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Choosing Projectors for Sanctuaries

By Wayne Borg Technology keeps us connected these days. It is already enhancing the worship experience with the use of large screens and projectors to help people pray and sing. Microphones and elaborate sound systems make sure everyone can hear, whether you are sitting up close or all the way in the back. Services are
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Extend Your Voice with Portable Sound Systems

By Don Roth The ability to hear well is central to most day-to-day activities in any church, from the sanctuary to the classroom to the fellowship hall. Groups large and small are able to participate more fully when sound is amplified to all corners of the room. Fortunately, this vital enhancement is easy to achieve
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8 Practical Ways Lyric Operators Can Prepare for Sundays

By Jeff McIntosh The role of a lyric operator in worship services is extremely important. You are so much more than a button pusher – you lead people in worship visually. Providing lyrics for your church not only enables regular attendees to worship more freely, it allows newcomers to comfortably join in on the experience.
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Our Savior Lutheran Paints Its Walls with Video After Thanksgiving Arson Attack

When Our Savior Lutheran Church (OSLC) in Tacoma, Washington, experienced an arson attack shortly after Thanksgiving of last year, the fire and smoke damage was extensive enough to have destroyed its entire AVL setup along with the building. With the help of Todd Gathany and the rest of the team at CCI Solutions, Our Savior
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How to Favorably Affect Acoustics

By Andrew Glasmacher Church architecture has evolved over thousands of years with many different faiths affecting the appearance and utility of religious buildings. Today, houses of worship range from very small and simple structures to grand and ornate cathedrals and temples. A variety of materials such as stone, brick, concrete, hardwood, and glass are used
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Take Control of Wireless Microphones

By Chris Huff What’s your biggest frustration with wireless microphones? 1. Poor battery life Wireless microphones quickly suck battery life. Think about it; as soon as the wireless transmitter is turned on, it’s sending a signal. The key to a good battery life is to pick the right batteries. If you have to use single-use
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Eight Churches Using Cutting-Edge Products to Enhance Their Modern Services

1. Maranatha Church in Forest Lake, Minnesota No one can ever accuse this church of being shy or timid in its worship style. Pastor Bob Headley will be the first to acknowledge that the sound inside the 1,000-plus-seat sanctuary can get both enthusiastic and loud. Until recently, the church’s existing sound system could not keep
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Renkus-Heinz Wins Converts at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church

St. Mary Magdalene Parish’s first mass was held at the Apex Middle School in 1999, and until recently, the school gymnasium remained the congregation’s makeshift sanctuary. While grateful to its host, the congregation needed a home of its own. At last, after two years of construction, the lovely new St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church opened
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Small-Footprint, Huge-Output Speakers and Amps Visually Disappear

Founded in 1885, Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, has moved, built, and rebuilt numerous sanctuaries in the 130-plus years of service to the Springfield community. It completed its current 1,000-seat sanctuary in the mid-1990s. When recent failures further exposed the shortcomings of what had been an unsatisfying sound reinforcement system from the start, Second
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Lighting & Staging: Blending Timeless Looks and Technology

A building can often be more than a mere amalgamation of bricks and mortar. Beyond providing shelter, it can also call forth a strong sense of shared experiences and values. This is especially true when that building is a house of worship with deep roots in its community. It was with this awareness that South
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AmpliVox Technology Helps Engage Audiences for Celebration of Cultures

When the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit invited the public for a celebration of international cultures this spring, AmpliVox Sound Systems didn’t hesitate to be an integral part of the festivities. AmpliVox donated the sound equipment and the expertise to help make the event a success. Over 500 guests including attendees from Russian, Islamic,
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Power Cords: The Most Overlooked Part of an Audio System

By Michael D. Griffin A great deal of attention has been paid to various aspects of ac power systems for professional audio/video installations. Over the years, the industry has developed a list of widely accepted, if not formally recognized, “best practices.” On an ac mains system level, these practices include providing dedicated circuits to isolate
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Is Assistive Listening Right for Your Congregation?

By Carrie Keele To answer this, first let me ask, what was the last truly great thing you listened to? Was it classical music? A Shakespearean play? A podcast? Perhaps it was an inspirational message or song during a worship service. Whatever it was, it had the power to move you, to inspire and connect
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8 Questions Every Worship Leader Must Ask When Choosing Songs

By David Santistevan I’m often asked how I choose songs. Let’s face it. There are thousands upon thousands of worship songs. Even with all of us combined, we could never sing them all. There are many worship songs I like that I never lead. There are also a lot of worship songs others lead that
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Dynamic Ligthing Is a Conduit to Faith

Across Eastside Christian Church’s three Southern California campuses, lighting is used to help congregants take a respite from their hectic life and open up to new possibilities. “The lighting helps create the atmosphere to allow people to let their guard down and relax,” explains Cameron Bentley, Eastside’s production engineer and lighting director. “Our hope is
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When Audio Disasters Happen: Four Steps to Follow

By Chris Huff Disaster strikes and it’s usually during the service. In the early days, I panicked. Now, I use a four-step plan that serves me well. As a quick note, if you’ve never experienced a production problem, your time is coming! 1. Relax Mental clarity is the No. 1 weapon in problem-solving during tense
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Why Video Stream?

For those who have not seen the advantages and extraordinary outcomes of what live streaming can do for a church, we understand when someone may question “why.” In a time when some churches worry about keeping active congregants and watching the bottom line, it’s very reasonable to hear questions when live streaming is a somewhat
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Church Theater Gets Versatile with Lighting Upgrade

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
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Stone Bridge Church Expands Coverage with Martin Audio

Martin Audio CDD-LIVE’s exceptional coverage enabled Mike Sessler of CCI Solutions to design a sound system for StoneBridge Christian Church’s Fremont, Nebraska, campus sanctuary consisting of only two CDD-LIVE 12’s and two CSX-LIVE 218 subwoofers. The Fremont campus sanctuary is housed within a traditional A-frame style church built in the 50s with large wooden truss
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Lighting Helps Connect with Students

University Christian Church in Manhattan, Kansas, home to Kansas State University, is a fast-growing church with a large college attendance population. The ministry outgrew its existing multipurpose venue and brought in Elation dealer House Right of Lexington, Kentucky, to oversee a new theatrical and house lighting design for a new 1,000-seat space on their existing
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Bringing the Message to Life with Video

Originally founded in 1987, 12Stone Church has grown to include eight campuses throughout Georgia, serving the communities in Gwinnett, Hall, and Barrow counties. In their most recent expansion, the congregation completed a full renovation of a large retail location in Snellville, and, in doing so, they needed to create a full worship environment. Working with
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Wireless Microphones: Updates and Frequencies Best Practices

There’s been a lot of discussion and questions regarding the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction. We contacted Joe Ciaudelli of Sennheiser to walk us through some specifics of the update and options houses of worship have. We also touched on steps organizations can take to achieve synergy when they have microphones from multiple manufacturers on
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Pendants Enhance Contemporary Worship

Michigan’s Mount Pleasant Community Church has upgraded their outdated lighting system with a dynamic LED solution that features new Elation Professional Colour Pendant color-changing LED luminaires. Specified and installed by full-service integrator and production/rental company LiveSpace of Grand Rapids, the Colour Pendants add a dynamic element to the space that mirrors the congregation itself. The
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7 Design Principles for Powerful Presentations

You don’t need a professional designer on staff to craft an elegant presentation. We’ve pulled  together 7 principles that you can use to build powerful presentations—the kinds of presentations that pull people in and help them focus on your worship and message. 1. Fewer words, more attention It’s tempting to fit as much text onto
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