08 Oct 2014
If you were to ask the people who know me best, they would tell you that I am a creature of habit. My happy place is located on the corner of routine and structure.
While these can be great things, it often leaves me lacking on the spontaneity scale.
Because of this, it’s very common for me establish a method for something, then stick with it for quite some time. Sometimes even stubbornly.
But, every now and then, you need to change things up.
We should always be asking ourselves how we can improve the way we’re doing things.
Over the past few months, I challenged myself to think outside of my traditional Church Media box. Rather than simply following the industry standards, I sought to find new ways for accomplishing our media on Sundays that worked uniquely for our church.
The results were astounding.
In this time, I came up with five unconventional ideas that may not work in every media ministry, but they’ve been game-changers for us.
1. Using All Caps For Worship Lyrics
I’ve been involved in Church Media for over a decade and have stood firm that sentence case was the proper way to display lyrics. I’ve even shared articles on the science behind it being better.
However, I made the decision to move to an all caps template for our lyrics and have thoroughly enjoyed the results for several reasons. It matches all of our church’s branding – a HUGE win for me. It looks great on our unique screen size in our theater church. And, it even seems to be a little bit more inviting to read as it keeps a good shape.
2. Keeping Our Lyrics Slides In Order
For years I have been an advocate for keeping the bare minimum of necessary slides for each song in ProPresenter. I reasoned that operators should know the song well enough to flow with the worship team wherever they might lead, in whatever order that might be. But for our church, that rarely happens.
For over a month, we have used a backing track for nearly every song in our setlist. With exception to the endings of a few powerful songs, we sing our music the same way each week. Why not take away the guesswork for your operator and put in your lyrics exactly as they’re sung?
We made this switch and our volunteers are confident in their clicks and faster at getting lyrics displayed.
3. Displaying CCLI Information In A “Disclaimer” Fashion
I don’t know that anyone in Church Media necessary enjoys displaying the ugly CCLI information on their slides, but I despise it.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe displaying it correctly is the right thing to do. I just think the generic way in which most presentation software formats this information looks gross.
To combat this, I created a new template in ProPresenter. We show this copyright information at the bottom of it’s own slide at the end of each song in a very small font size (just legible). It has a similar look to the small disclaimers at the bottom of TV commercials.
We also show this slide as quickly as possible (1-2 seconds). This method meets all of the requirements of the copyrighted materials, but distracts from worship minimally.
4. Using One Set of Motions For An Entire Series
For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about using a different collection of motion backgrounds each Sunday. I reasoned that if we had access to a variety of content, we should keep media fresh every service.
However, over the past four weeks, I decided to try using a consistent set of backgrounds throughout our series. While I had personally grown weary of the same motions by the last week, our congregation loved how it kept an overall theme for the services. This method also makes a huge impact when you start a new series with fresh motions.
5. Matching Your Logo Image To Your Media
How often do you change the logo image in your presentation software? Probably never.
This is often a set it and forget it component for most media ministries. After all, having consistent branding in each service is important.
But, what if you were able to keep your branding and keep a consistent theme with your motions and sermon artwork? That’s what we’ve recently done and it looks awesome.
By using an all-white version of our logo and placing it over a corresponding background image, we are able to keep a consistent look every time we default to logo. It’s a small change that makes a big impact.
Do you have any other unconventional Church Media ideas worth sharing?
Backgrounds by Church Motion Graphics from the April 2014 CMG Mega Pack.