Technology facilitates communication and connections in personal and family life, business industries, and municipal systems. Many places of worship have also begun to use technology as an asset to better serve their congregations.
One of the most fundamental types of technology used in religious buildings is audiovisual, or AV, equipment. AV equipment optimizes sermons and can improve other activities held in the building as well, such as youth meetings, support groups, and fundraisers.
In this blog, we provide six best practices to assist you as you make decisions about your house of worship AV system.
1. Consider the Needs of Your Congregation
Many of the decisions you make about your church, mosque, synagogue, or other house of worship come down to serving your congregants. As you think about your AV system, brainstorm ways that AV innovation could better engage the members of your flock.
For example, if your congregation includes Deaf or hard of hearing persons, you could use a screen to allow members at the back of the room to see an ASL interpreter clearly. Similarly, an AV system could allow monolingual members of your congregation to listen to a translation of the sermon via headphones.
2. Consider the Uses of Each Room
While the majority of your AV equipment will likely go in your main gathering place of worship, such as a chapel or main sanctuary, you may also want to place systems in other rooms. For example, projectors or electronic whiteboards may be useful in classrooms while intercom systems can help organize ecclesiastical offices.
Additionally, AV systems include lighting considerations that ensure not only clear lines of sight for your congregation but also the best aesthetic presentation of the architecture and artwork in the building.
3. Integrate Existing Systems
Many houses of worship already have some AV equipment. For example, the podium in a chapel or main sanctuary may already have a microphone. In many cases, you can integrate these existing systems into your newer design to streamline the process and make the project more cost-effective.
In this hypothetical situation, even if the microphone itself no longer functions properly, the wiring or even the housing for the wiring may simplify upgrading to a new microphone.
4. Invest In High-Quality Equipment
In the interest of making AV improvements quickly, you may consider settling for lower quality equipment. However, this decision can lead to the need for replacement equipment sooner and frequent repairs in the meantime.
Make the investment in high-quality AV equipment so that the technology itself never distracts from your services.
5. Plan Ahead
One way to work within your budget while still choosing high-quality systems as discussed in the last section is to make a plan over time. Evaluate your current budget and apply those funds to the most pressing needs.
Then think about the systems you would like to install over time, perhaps in yearly increments, as your budget allows.
6. Work With an AV Expert
One of the most important guidelines you can follow when making AV decisions for your house of worship is to partner with an AV expert. Low-quality, improperly installed, or poorly chosen AV equipment may disrupt activities.
An AV expert ensures that you implement the appropriate design for your building. This professional can also provide your ecclesiastical staff with training to ensure that a sermon or class is never delayed because no one knows how to start a video or presentation.
Whatever your religion, sect, or denomination, use the tips listed above to establish an AV system that improves the spiritual experiences of your congregation during services.
To consult with AV professionals who have helped ecclesiastical leaders from numerous faiths optimize their AV systems, trust Creative Acoustics.