An Easter prayer – for you!
Monthly Archives: March 2012
Keeping large sections of the back screen (if you have one) black is kind of like the “white space” used in print media. It really helps the graphics that are used to stand out. Here’s a very simple rotating clock background video that we used in a recent service – all of the black space really helped the video to “pop.”
Our worship auditorium has two balconies. it’s designed to hold the maximum number of people while still keeping somewhat of an intimate feel – we basically decided to go “up” instead of “out.” Consequently, even though we have a huge back screen, the platform itself becomes a big part of the look on any given weekend. Thankfully, we have some intelligent lighting that makes it comparatively easy to “paint” the stage with gobo patterns that provide a nice look.
Every week, we use some sort of story in our services. It really connects with the average person in the congregation when they hear the stories of “regular” (ie. non-pastoral staff) people. It also helps folks to see that God is doing incredible things in our world. These kind of stories usually don’t make the evening news, and a sense of hope is something everyone can use a little more of. They may be tiny stories, but they add up as parts of the greatest story ever!
I (like most people, actually) am a visual learner. I like to see things. I understand them better when I can see them.I’m a musician, and I love concerts, but I love them even more when there is great lighting and video support. Maybe that’s why I’m on staff at a church that has a 30 by 80 foot screen across the back of the platform (as well as two side screens).
It’s more than just the cool factor, though. It really helps to be able to have a visual going along with what I’m hearing and feeling. This guys gets it…
The most difficult person for me to lead on my team is me. I make internal excuses, I waste time when I know what I should be doing, I bail out of situations when they start getting sticky, etc…
Here’s a way to keep tabs on what’s really happening – good stuff!