Stage/Sanctuary Lighting: How Best to Serve Your Ministry’s Needs

Lighting is one of the most powerful tools available to tell a story, and it gives us the ability to focus the attention of the audience in a very specific way.

Stage/Sanctuary Lighting: How Best to Serve Your Ministry’s Needs
Another important element when using lighting for the stage and audience space is that if you are shooting video for any reason, having the right visual lighting, especially in the audience, will help to create stunning visuals for the camera to capture, as is shown here on the stage at Victory World Church in Atlanta.
Stage/Sanctuary Lighting: How Best to Serve Your Ministry’s Needs
Another important element when using lighting for the stage and audience space is that if you are shooting video for any reason, having the right visual lighting, especially in the audience, will help to create stunning visuals for the camera to capture, as is shown here on the stage at Victory World Church in Atlanta.

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The role of lighting in a worship environment has become more important than ever.

Giving the audience an emotional experience is key to creating a great worship environment.

In a former life, lighting took a back seat to its audio and video cousins. However, with the rapid increase of video broadcasting, web-based church services, and multi-campus environments, it is lighting that has proved to be an equally important facet, and has fought its way into a rightful prominence in AVL budgets for houses of worship.

Ministries are finally starting to realize that if you spend $500,000 on a video system and $25,000 on the lighting to go with it, the video is probably going to stink. Big time! But I digress.

The ultimate question is what is the point of lighting in a worship space? How do we use it to serve the ministry needs? How can it help in creating the perfect environment for both live and video-based worship experiences?

These are great questions to be considered, especially when selling a lighting system to ministry leadership.

It’s important to have the tools in your box that will assist in combating the age-old question of “why should we invest money on this?” Because after all, we want to look as smart as we actually are to leadership, and not as if we are some tech kids spending money like our hands were caught in the money pot.

Therefore, allow us to answer some of these important questions. What is the point of lighting and why is it important to my stage/sanctuary?

The short answer is to tell a story.

Lighting is one of the most powerful tools available, and it gives us the ability to focus the attention of the audience in a very specific way. With lighting, we can control where they look, what they experience and how they respond. We can create emotional connections to the activity on stage and with others in the room. We can use colors, textures and shapes that energize or relax.

No matter how we approach the design, the lighting has significant power over the total experience.

An effective blend of wash and profile fixtures on the stage can really open up a nice palette of design opportunities, giving way to great color and texture options with the design.

Creative lighting elements do not have to be, and frankly should not be, restricted to the stage area alone.

There is no better way to break the fourth wall and engage the audience in an immersive experience, than to bring the look into the audience space. This can be done in several ways.


More About Josh Holowicki
Josh Holowicki is a passionate Christ follower who has dedicated his energy to helping “The Church” incorporate technology to enhance the worship experience. Josh has a unique background in that he not only holds a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University, but has also spent five years on staff as the lighting director and one of two scenic designers at NorthRidge Church in Plymouth, Michigan. Having studied under or worked with some of the most recognized names in both the Christian and secular lighting industry, Josh has fulfilled what he believes is his personal mission and calling by founding E2i Design, an organization whose focus is to Educate, Empower, and Inspire ministries in the area of visual impact on the live worship experience. Josh lives in Michigan with his wife of 12 years, Michelle and their seven pound Yorkshire terrier Buster.
Get in Touch: josh.holowicki@e2idesign.com    More by Josh Holowicki

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Worship 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.


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