On Sunday morning, as I was right in the middle of testing out our motions for the day, our worship team walked into practice. That’s when, out of nowhere, one of our singers commented, “Wow! I really like those new backgrounds. They don’t make it look like we’re burning in Hell.”
What??? I was confused. So I asked her to explain what she meant. She continued, “Most of the time you use backgrounds that have those little specks of light flying around. They look like they’re coming from a big fire up on stage.”
I was floored. Not because I was offended. She’s a good friend and we laughed about the whole thing. Not because it was even that crazy of a thought. Now that I go back and look at some of our motions, I can totally understand how they could come off that way. I was taken aback because I had never really gotten an outside perspective on the visuals that I use in our church.
I take a ridiculous amount of pride in our motions on Sunday morning. It amazes me that I’ve gone so long without considering that our visuals might be communicating something totally different to our audience than I’ve intended. Moving forward, I plan on getting more people involved in the selection process of our motions. An outside eye that’s clueless to the popular trends of the church media world will go a long way in selecting content that fits our congregation.
Have your visuals ever communicated something other than what you intended?