7 Tips for Creating An Engaging Worship Space
People expect some thought, character, and multimedia to show up in worship spaces today, but that doesn't need to add up to just spending lots of money as a solution.
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Stage Design ResourceLighting Design Software Guide: Making It Easier With What Works (Part 1)
Dive into this three-part series about lighting design software, and how programs such as Vectorworks and LightConverse can best serve the needs of your church.
4. Allow for a stage design budget
With a smaller stage, designs do not have to be expensive. However, make sure your team has a reasonable budget to work with. Most of our designs were between $250 and $750 for a stage that’s 40 feet wide by 30 feet deep by 20 feet tall. If your budget is tight, don’t cut the per-design budget, but decrease how often you change it.
5. Create contrast
Light is most noticeable when it is surrounded by darkness. Dark walls with well-lit materials create a dynamic contrast allowing your set to pop. Bright sets against a light-colored background can look OK, but usually not great.
6. Use color to reflect the mood of what is happening
I love LED lighting and neutral colored materials. With a few strategic lights and lightable surfaces, I can lead people visually in the feel of what is taking place in our services. For example, light and bright colors are perfect for upbeat songs while darker; richer colors set the mood for more worshipful times.
7. Allow for learning experiences
Let your team’s creativity loose! While you need to be smart, empower your team to think outside of the box, while helping them learn from their mistakes. We did not love every design we have done, but if we did not like it, we changed it. However, we learned a lot in the process, and it made future designs even better.
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.