There are various presentation software options your church can choose, to help your weekend services.
Understand that every presentation is going to present you with hiccups and last-minute changes.
Personally, I love Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter, especially ProPresenter 6. Not only is ProPresenter robust, but it is easy to use.
With it, I set up volunteers, ministry areas, pastors, and weekend services with ProPresenter files daily. I want to share some of my favorite tips and tricks, that I use routinely. I’ll break the tips and tricks into three categories: workflow, confidence monitoring, and creative solutions.
Use your templates.
ProPresenter gives me the confidence to know I can make changes, and keep the look consistent across multiple displays, through saved templates.
Understand that every presentation is going to present you with hiccups and last-minute changes. For example, last weekend, my volunteer team and I were asked to upload a new song to our worship service just five minutes prior to service. We quickly imported the song into our playlist, though, checked the resolution size, and applied our “center screen” template. It was that easy.
Use arrangements to build songs.
Whoever is building out your songs, should be using the arrangement tool in ProPresenter. It saves time, energy, and lowers the risk of typographical errors. The arrangement tool allows you to build a song in little blocks, almost like Lego bricks. It is as simple as building out the sections of the song: background, blank, verse 1, verse 2, chorus, etc. Now you can move those chunks and save an “arrangement,” in any order.
I work with two worship leaders that like to, routinely, sing a song differently. John likes to lead the song with the bridge first. Whereas Jan really likes to do the song like the original arrangement, starting with verse 1. Should I just keep changing my copy of that song in ProPresenter? The answer is simple: Create and save two arrangements, “John” and “Jan,” and load the version for whoever is leading that particular song.
Confidence Monitoring (Stage Displays)
Use your stage display cues.
I am most impressed with ProPresenter’s stage displays for confidence monitoring. ProPresenter 6 goes above and beyond to provide powerful layouts, for the people you are working with: worship leaders, service hosts, and pastors.
On an average weekend, I use three different stage display cues: worship, hosting, and message. Each part of our services requires different stage display layouts, with different information. Worship is fairly simple. They require a “current slide” and “next slide” window. Our hosting or welcome segment is a little more advanced. We provide a five-minute countdown timer, a video countdown timer, and a clock with the current time. Our speaking pastors have their own preferences, and with ProPresenter, we can accommodate each of them. We provide a video countdown timer, current clock, message timer, and current slide. All of these layouts can be changed at the click of a button.
Use your timers.
Depending on how your church operates, timers may be superfluous. Our church is multisite. We tend to time every element of our service. After every weekend service, the first communicated piece of information is the message length.
By applying a timer cue to the first slide of the message, we can give an accurate message time to each of our campuses. Say you have a strict, three-minute hosting time. Starting a three-minute countdown timer as soon as the host begins speaking, will help keep things succinct and your service on track.
Use masks. I depend on the mask feature when creating stage designs. I can create a variety of stage shapes, screen sizes, and video elements, all because I know ProPresenter’s mask feature can make it happen.
Often, I will see what the graphics and branding look like for a series, and design my stage around the themes from the design. I use masks to create circular screens, fit custom sized screens, and do atmospheric projection as well.
Use the master control module. How would you synchronize multiple videos, graphics, and text elements across multiple screens? The master control module allows me to use one ProPresenter machine to control many others. For example, I provide worship lyrics to three separate screen destinations: online, center screen, and side screens, controlling them all from one computer. I display multiple information across many different screens, with the click of one button. The master control module makes it possible.
A Solid Tool
I am incredibly satisfied with ProPresenter. For the last seven years of my production career, I have confidently prepared for many weekends and events with it. Every weekend, I use one of the previous tips and tricks to do my job effectively. Hopefully, some of these tips will be seen as useful in providing a new solution to your particular needs.