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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

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

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

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

City Church

  A relatively new church (founded in 2013), City Church is deeply committed to bringing spiritual, social, and cultural renewal to the city of Evansville, Indiana. The church discovered an appropriate home in a former church facility in downtown Evansville, with Champlin Architecture providing design services to renovate this large structure to suit the nondenominational

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

How to Get Dressed to Lead Worship

This article originally appeared in the January 2005 issue. By Ken Collins The Rev. Kenneth W. Collins is the pastor of Garfield Memorial Christian Church in McLean, Va. You can visit him on the Internet at www.kencollins.com.  Vestment is the term for special clothing worn by the people who conduct a worship service. Vestments have

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

What to Look for When Buying Church Chairs

So, you’re in the market for new worship seating and don’t know where to start? First, you’ll need to decide whether you want chairs or pews. While pews have been a solid seating option for churches for many years, stackable church chairs offer several advantages. Consider the following: Pew cost can be double or triple

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

6 Tips for Amazing Church Stage Decoration

In the last few decades, church stage design has become an influential trend that can have an enormous effect on entire congregations. Increasingly, churches that employ this modern and updated decorative strategy attract a wide audience, all worshipping together in a contemporary setting. As multi-sensory worship experiences and creative sermons become more and more popular,

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

Selecting Chairs for Your Worship Facility

By Amy DalCanton Which chair style is best for your church? You’re currently looking for the perfect seating for your project or renovation, and you may be debating what style fits best with your overall design vision. Both traditional and contemporary types of seating have their advantages, especially when paired with the most common design

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

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

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

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

4 Simple Steps to Engage Children in Worship

By Kristen Greene “How do we engage children in church?” This age-old question remains at the forefront for almost every children’s ministry leader, parent and pastor. And if you’ve ever sat up late at night, cutting out the gazillionth piece for some Pinterest craft that seemed like the perfect idea for kids, you may have

A Guide to Modernizing Your Dated Sanctuary

Those once gleaming benches and bright colored walls of your sanctuary now look pretty dingy. You know that the whole vibe of the space is several years out of date, too. It might be hard to justify the update when it comes to looking at your budget, especially if it seems to be working just

Versatile Lecterns for Every Speaking Need Enhance Meaningful Services and Events

By Don Roth For all the activities that take place in your church – worship, education, or social – presentation tools can make the difference between satisfying and frustrating experiences. It is vital to have equipment that ensures all participants can hear and share comfortably, and it is equally important to maintain the tone and

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

Crosspointe Church

By Gino Beltran Nearly 100 years ago, churches were rarely just a Sunday house of worship – they were known for building hospitals, schools, universities, community centers and more that served their surrounding neighborhoods. At Visioneering, we’ve been honored to partner with many churches over the years who desire to bring some of that history

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.

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

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

Selecting Your Seating Style

By Amanda Opdycke & Jacob Hauter When renovating or installing new furniture, there are important options to consider. Various seating options can fit well in the church. Depending on the floor layout of the building, some seating styles can be the perfect fit for the congregation. Pews The classic look and comfortable feel of pews

5 Reasons Why Kids Need Children's Church

By Mimi Bullock Children’s church or big church? That is the question many parents are asking lately. When I began in ministry back in 1997, children’s churches weren’t wildly popular in my area, but, over the years, the trend has caught on. Now I am happy to report we have some amazing ministries that reach

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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