31 Aug 2016
Worship slides (also known as lyric slides) are powerful tools, but that doesn’t mean they have to be complicated. Often, the most obvious mistakes I see are also the easiest to correct. Here are twenty easy improvements that you can make as you head into Sunday.
1. Keep slides to a 3-4 line maximum. It makes it easier for your church to follow along and for new singers to jump in at any given time. (Displaying lyrics over live video? Stick to a 2 line max.)
2. Use a sans serif font for your lyric projection. They’re modern, easy to read, and complement most of today’s backgrounds.
3. Use a consistent font throughout all of the songs in your service.
4. Projecting onto a small screen? Use a narrow font so that you can fit more lyrics without looking messy.
5. Erase any slide labels or instructions. (Examples: Bridge, Repeat 3X, Unison, etc.)
6. Lyrics do not require periods at the end of sentences. Allow line breaks to substitute for punctuation.
7. Capitalize all names or references to God. (Examples: Jesus, Father, Him, You, etc.)
8. Remove all ad lib musical references and interjections unless totally needed. (Examples: O, Oh, Whoa, etc.)
9. Adjust lyrics to reflect your specific location. Reading “saviour” in Hillsong’s lyrics can cause distraction in America.
10. Insert blank slides where there are pauses or instrumentals in songs.
11. Choose at least one background for each song in your worship set. Each background should fit in the same visual theme as the others.
12. Use motion backgrounds to create a more dynamic visual experience. Each background should not only fit the song visually, but also match the tempo.
13. Avoid any background that detracts from legibility. White text over dark backgrounds work best.
14. Use the first slide of your ProPresenter songs as a placeholder for a background. This makes it easy to plan your motions in advance.
15. Organize your lyrics in the order they will be sung. This will help to avoid hesitation in advancing to the next slide.
16. Lyrics should be displayed just before they’re sung so that audience members have enough time to comprehend the next line.
17. It can be helpful to transition to your next slide while your audience is singing the last word of the current slide.
18. If no lyrics are being sung, your screen should be blank. Clear lyrics off of your screen whenever possible.
19. Smooth transitions are the “secret sauce” of professional quality media. Increase your fade time to make your backgrounds and lyrics ease into what’s next.
20. Display your CCLI information on an individual slide at the end of each song. Keep it small and barely noticeable to the audience.
What do you think?
Do you follow any of these tips at your church?
Do you have any other improvements you’d recommend?