Upgrade Planning: Research, Homework and (Of Course) Planning All In the Mix

Have realistic expectations of what needs to be improved, purchased, or replaced. Ask yourself, does this piece of equipment help us better achieve our church’s vision?

Upgrade Planning: Research, Homework and (Of Course) Planning All In the Mix
As part of Granger Community Church's recent upgrade of their audio digital consoles, work at the church also included the install of a Nova37, a compact 3RU audio router.

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.
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While growing up, my grandfather would often quote Benjamin Franklin, saying, “If you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail.” To this day, those words still hold true and should be a constant reminder to those of us in the church.

AVL equipment is not the mission, but a tool to be used to fulfill the mission of our church.

Unfortunately, often churches are reactionary to AVL upgrades, and the replacement of any such gear. Often that is a result of waiting too long and failing to plan for upgrades adequately, which in the end will cost you more time, money, and other resources in the long run.

Choosing instead to be proactive in preparing for upgrades, you can build healthy financial planning, ease financial burdens, and better fulfill the mission of your church.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on creating a successful plan to upgrade your AVL systems.

Check Your Motives

Andy Stanley often says, “Awareness drives desire.” What he means is that when we become aware of something, this is what we as beings do to drive our desire. One such example is that if we didn’t know a new technology has become available, then our passion for it wouldn’t push us to acquire such things so intently. This is so applicable to us who are in the tech world. As we learn of a new audio console, video camera, or light fixture, it’s easy to let our desire for something new, drive us to make unwise decisions.

Being aware of new and emerging technology is part of our job, right? Yes, it is. But that’s not the problem. The problem comes when we lose perspective of the role that gear and technology serve in our ministry.

AVL equipment is not the mission, but a tool to be used to fulfill the mission of our church.

Have realistic expectations of what needs to be improved, purchased, or replaced. Ask yourself, does this piece of equipment help us better achieve our church’s vision? Because many times purchasing equipment in one area, means you are sacrificing funding for other areas of ministry.

Do Your Homework

When I first started in production, it was much harder to research new products. I used to have to sort through stacks of printed spec sheets, magazines, and other literature to find out about new and emerging technology.

These days much has changed, beginning with a quick Google search, where you can find much of what you need to know within minutes. In other words, there’s no reason not to know what’s out there.


More About Tony Staires
Tony Staires currently works at Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind., as the Production Director. He’s worked in production and AVL integration over the past 16 years, and has worked with several Grammy and Dove Award winning artists.
Get in Touch: tstaires@gmail.com    More by Tony Staires

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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