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  • Tech Volunteers – Part II

    Running audio, video and lighting systems is only 50% technical. The other 50% is artistic. Yes, it’s art.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Coming 04/23/14


  • Trinity UMC in Arlington, Texas Completes New Sanctuary

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Coming 04/22/14


  • Tech Volunteers - Part 1

    I perceive that there’s a general lack of understanding about the nature of tech volunteers. I’ve seen many church pastors wonder why the tech team leader can’t just “go get more volunteers”.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 04/16/14 | Read More


  • Poor Acoustical Considerations Can Hinder the Impact of the Message

    Basic acoustical problems can manifest themselves in many ways. Various types of echoes can follow both the pastor’s spoken word and the worship team’s music, musicians cannot hear themselves or each other while they are performing, drums overpower everything else, and the auditorium in general feels too loud.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 04/08/14 | Read More


  • Do You Have a Crisis Plan?

    Churches respond to community crises all the time. Whether they help address hunger, homelessness, flooding, or some other catastrophe, churches quickly respond by providing assistance and counsel. But what happens when it’s the church itself that experiences the crisis?

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 04/01/14 | Read More


  • Balancing the Contemporary with the Traditional

    Hip and trendy worship, with state-of-the-art facilities — that’s where the action is. Right? That’s the ideal model for a modern church, right? Well, maybe not, according to Scott Suskovic, the senior pastor at Charlotte, NC-based Christ Lutheran Church (christelca.org).

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/26/14 | Read More


  • Why WFX Still Excites Me

    As the Conference Director for WFX, I may be biased when it comes to talking about WFX. But even if I had nothing to do with organizing WFX, I would be dumbstruck by just how much it has to offer and the incredible people who donate so much of their time, energy, experience, and resources to helping others and imparting the wisdom that they have gained from working within their own churches.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/24/14 | Read More


  • Maximize Your Existing Space

    Investing in the space you have can buy your church time before needing to build a new space. Moreover, renovation projects are often more financially doable than new buildouts and are definitely less risky than a relocation. Here are some ideas for maximizing what the space you already have.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/20/14 | Read More


  • The Pastor's Guide to Video Cameras

    No matter the size of your church or the type of worship service you lead, your stewardship will be magnified as the leaders of your church make proper use of video technology. Of prime importance in this endeavor is your choice of video camera.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/19/14 | Read More


  • Architects’ Roundtable Discussion of Ministry Facilities

    In order to help churches make the most prudent decisions about building and redesign projects, Worship Facilities called on three of the nation’s ministry-related architectural firms to help guide leaders in their efforts.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/19/14 | Read More


  • Achieving “Wow” on a Budget

    North Dallas Bible Fellowship creates a home that financially and functionally meets their needs today and tomorrow.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/18/14 | Read More


  • Leader Spotlight, Chris Gunnare, Lutheran Church of Hope

    Worship Facilities recently caught up with Gunnare, chief operations officer of Lutheran Church of Hope (lutheranchurchofhope.org) in Des Moines, IA, to ask him about expansion projects underway at the church. Gunnare discusses his role in overseeing growth projects as well as a unique partnership with an area YMCA.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/17/14 | Read More


  • Straight Talk on Protecting Church Children

    Everyone expects their church to be a safe place for children but that’s not something that can be taken for granted — safety has to be cultivated.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/17/14 | Read More


  • Grateful for Buildings that House Our Faith Communities

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about new ways of being the church. This is part of the perceived notion that mainline Protestant denominations, of which I am a part, are losing members and are unable to continue to support clergy, full church programs and old buildings.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/17/14 | Read More


  • Restoring that Downtown Charm

    Pastors can find it overwhelming to initiate a redesign or renovation.” Bobby Hart, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/12/14 | Read More


  • 12 Rules for Good Leaders

    Being a great production manager has a lot more to do with managing people than managing equipment. That was the message from Justin Firesheets in October during a leadership session at WFX 2013 in Dallas. Firesheets is the production manager of Birmingham, Alabama-based Church of the Highlands and he offers 12 solid pieces of advice for being a better church production leader.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 03/04/14 | Read More


  • Who Will Train The Technical Crew?

    But a big problem rears it ugly head as volunteers will little or no training try to operate these highly technical systems.

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 02/25/14 | Read More


  • Stewardship and Tech

    I hope to help you understand the big decisions that eventually land on the pastor’s desk, even though they aren’t the tech or facility guy themselves. Someone has to sign off on budgets and plans, and that’s usually you, right?

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 02/21/14 | Read More


  • Why Should Churches Be Concerned With LED Technology?

    First of all, churches should consider the fact that God created all resources so that humans could use them wisely and utilize them. This is a lot similar to the ‘going green’ movement, which is perceived to be a political campaign at most times. But going green isn’t something political, rather it is more of the biblical stewardship concept:

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 02/13/14 | Read More


  • Crazy weather and what you need to know about flood insurance

    Whether you're a pastor of a church or a facilities manager, the congregation looks to you to protect their church. You work with the board and an insurance specialist to design an insurance program that helps reach that goal. However, most insurance policies covering your buildings and contents don’t provide coverage for damage by flooding. In fact, flood is specifically excluded in most insurance contracts. So, what do you do?

    As published in Worship Facilities,

    Added 02/12/14 | Read More