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A Quick Tip for a Big-Budget Presentation in a Small-Budget Church

church stage lighting on a budget

Looking for church stage lighting on a budget? I recently visited a small church that has alot going for it—a healthy congregation with a wide range of ages (if you have mostly old people or mostly young people in your church, it isn’t healthy) a fantastic young preacher and a talented worship leader. This ministry is poised to boom. Here is one tip that, with improvement, would enhance the church as they move to the next level:

Church Stage Lighting on a Budget

1. Get your lighting right. You don’t need expensive lasers, fog and spotlights. In fact, with LEDs, professional lighting has become affordable. And just because the megachurch down the road looks like a Disney World laser show doesn’t mean you have to—do what’s appropriate and tasteful for your worship style and space. Just make sure whoever is up front leading or speaking is lighted properly. A well-lit leader draws and holds the eye to the stage.

This ministry had attractive and simple backlighting on the stage, but the pastor’s face was not properly illuminated. His face was in shadows, but the lower half of his body was lighted. And when he did move into the light, he had dark shadows under his eyes. Contrast that with a megachurch I attended last week: The speaker, while standing on a totally dark stage, was completely lit from head to toe—without any ghoulish shadows under his eyes. How is this possible? With uplighting—soft lights on the floor that help illuminate the face.

At one small church where I was the music director, we had amazing lighting. A volunteer who had college production experience with stage lighting was able to work miracles with our tiny budget. Dig around, you never know what talents are hidden in your congregation. Here are a few articles to get your creative juices flowing:

Stage Lighting—Shadows on Faces

How to Get Started With Basic Stage Lighting at Your Church

Proper Lighting and Why It Is Imperative in Getting Your Message to the Congregation

Church Front Lighting

The Benefits of LED Lighting (You’ll find lots of articles and ideas at this awesome website!)

For two more tips to help your small-budge church get big-budget results, click here and here.  

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Arranger/composer Don Chapman is the creative energy behind several websites devoted to contemporary worship: HymnCharts, WorshipFlow, and WorshipIdeas.com. He's the editor of the weekly WorshipIdeas newsletter that is read by over 50,000 worship leaders across the world.