How to Choose The Right AV System For Your Church
Published on: Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - 12:43pm
Your church is a living, breathing organization. Made up of many hardworking and multifaceted pastors, staff, and volunteers, your church is a dynamic entity on a mission to serve. However, the people you serve — your congregation — often interact with the church only a few times per week, and primarily on Sunday mornings. Their entire mental image of your ministry is a conglomeration of their past experiences engaging in worship and receiving your messages as a listener. Knowing this, the importance of the Sunday service cannot be overstated.
During worship, you have the unique opportunity to connect, uplift, inspire, and speak to the hearts of every person in attendance. This very Sunday, someone’s life could be changed and their path impacted, simply because of the worship they experienced or the message they heard.
So, how do you position your church to succeed in this mission? Truth be told, the Holy Spirit can move through any place and in any circumstance. But by building an environment that is free of distractions, is suited to the nature of your congregation, and conducive to reflection and immersion, you provide a safe place for pure-hearted worship and spiritual impact.
By carefully choosing and integrating the audiovisual elements of your church, such as the sound system and lighting design, you can create a space in which your congregation is encouraged and impacted.
Start With Your Congregation
In narrowing your church AV system criteria, it’s important to begin the decision-making process with the people in the pews. Who are they? What do they care about? What type of technology systems are they receptive to?
Determining answers to these questions will help guide the process of upgrading your worship space. After all, the people on the receiving end of your Sunday experience are the ones who are disciples in your community. They are the ones you pray for, they give to your various ministries, and they volunteer at church events. Your church service should be built for them. Keep this in mind when choosing your audio, video, and lighting systems.
When it comes to implementing your audio and video technology into your space, the possibilities are practically endless. If you are ministering to a large congregation that prefers a contemporary worship style, large LED walls and immersive audio in the space may be appropriate. Your AVL provider can build systems with wireless technology for the band and pastors, and camera systems that offer great flexibility in creating content as well as visual support that draws the congregation in during worship.
For more traditional congregations, a simpler approach to presentation video that displays scripture text and announcements in the pre- and post-service might be sufficient. In addition, a single camera can be used to livestream the services on YouTube or Facebook for those looking to engage at home.
Build Your Budget
There it is, the word that is often top of mind for church leadership: budget. It may seem intuitive, but your team must embark on your AVL integration journey with financial figures in mind. This will give you more freedom in the long run as it will help cut through difficult decisions about various system deployment options.
Having a framework of financial goals is important at the beginning of the process. However, leaning on a reputable and trusted AVL integrator to help develop budgets for your projects is an effective and efficient way to navigate the planning process and will ensure that all aspects have been addressed.
Get Professional Recommendations
Once you have solidified your vision and your financial guidelines, it’s time to move forward with the planning and execution. If implementing a new stage design or sound system is uncharted territory for your church, consulting experts who have orchestrated dozens of system installations can be immensely helpful.
At CTS, we help churches of all sizes and styles build impactful AVL systems that fit their congregation and budget while exceeding expectations. Our team has the technical expertise and experience to design and build a church AV solution that is tailored uniquely to you.
Give us a call at 615.337.8808. We’d love to explore the exciting possibilities for your church.