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The Ten Commandments of Worship Slides

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I travel at least once or twice a month to another church, and I can usually tell right away where a church is in their design quality with a quick glance at their worship slides. I can tell whether the church has an in-house designer or a volunteer with no experience in graphic design is designing worship slides.

Don’t hear the wrong thing here, I’m grateful for volunteers willing to step up and get things done that need to get done for your congregation to worship. Your screen content is one of the most visible venues for everyone in your church. It’s worth the effort and time to make your worship slides and screen content impactful.

The Ten Commandments of Worship Slides

Allow me to give you a few quick tips for Preparing and Executing your Worship Slides:

  1. Limit your lines of lyrics to 3-4 lines of text. Never go more than this. 

No big explanation here other than it just looks better and cleaner. We’re not using overhead projectors anymore, slides need to be clean and simple and not contain huge bulks of text that is hard to read.

  1. Be consistent with your fonts and font size.

Choose one font for all your lyrics for the whole day. Choose a font size that is readable but doesn’t overwhelm your screen. (Check out my article 5 Go-To Worship Fonts for more on this topic.)

  1. Choose Non-Cheesy Motion Backgrounds.

Cheesy clip art or rainbow backgrounds are not only just poor design; it distracts your congregation from worshiping.

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Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS. He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of [twelve:thirty]media, serving churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching.