7 Tips for Creating An Engaging Worship Space

People expect some thought, character, and multimedia to show up in worship spaces today, but that doesn't need to add up to just spending lots of money as a solution.

7 Tips for Creating An Engaging Worship Space
One of the most important people I had on my first team was not a lighting guy, but a skilled carpenter. When we threw ideas around, he would take them and begin processing how to make them. He'd often come back with tweaks that made the design better.
7 Tips for Creating An Engaging Worship Space
One of the most important people I had on my first team was not a lighting guy, but a skilled carpenter. When we threw ideas around, he would take them and begin processing how to make them. He'd often come back with tweaks that made the design better.

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4. Allow for a stage design budget

With a smaller stage, designs do not have to be expensive. However, make sure your team has a reasonable budget to work with. Most of our designs were between $250 and $750 for a stage that’s 40 feet wide by 30 feet deep by 20 feet tall. If your budget is tight, don’t cut the per-design budget, but decrease how often you change it.

5. Create contrast

Light is most noticeable when it is surrounded by darkness. Dark walls with well-lit materials create a dynamic contrast allowing your set to pop. Bright sets against a light-colored background can look OK, but usually not great.

6. Use color to reflect the mood of what is happening

I love LED lighting and neutral colored materials. With a few strategic lights and lightable surfaces, I can lead people visually in the feel of what is taking place in our services. For example, light and bright colors are perfect for upbeat songs while darker; richer colors set the mood for more worshipful times.

7. Allow for learning experiences

Let your team’s creativity loose! While you need to be smart, empower your team to think outside of the box, while helping them learn from their mistakes. We did not love every design we have done, but if we did not like it, we changed it. However, we learned a lot in the process, and it made future designs even better.




More About Duke DeJong
Duke has 21 years of experience in audio, video, and lighting system design and operation, 10 years experience as staff technical director in megachurches. He is a regular speaker at national worship and tech conferences, including WFX, and many others. He is passionate about helping people use technology to communicate and reach people most effectively. Duke loves spending time with his family, golfing, and cooking (and eating) amazing BBQ.
Get in Touch: ddejong@ccisolutions.com    More by Duke DeJong

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