Declare War on Your Church: Planning Upgrades with an Open Mind

The sort of passion and free-thinking determination that resulted in maintaining a webcast in-house were contributing factors to why our church has experienced significant growth in recent years.

Declare War on Your Church: Planning Upgrades with an Open Mind
A video camera is captures video during a worship service for a webcast at Crossroads Community Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts recently.
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The Revolutionary War

One thing we do well as a staff is constantly question why the status quo was allowed to set up in our church.

If something made sense once upon a time, does it still make sense today?

So when thinking of a revolutionary change, you have to give yourself permission to declare war on yourself. The most powerful weapon you can use is one simple question:

Without concern for money, existing equipment, or “the way we’ve always done it,” if you could build anything, what would you build?

So in the audio example, indulge yourself with the chance to wonder what it would be like to completely rip out every speaker, every cable, and question why you are doing things systemwide the way you are. Declare war on your status quo every once in a while, if only to sharpen your eyes on what vision could be possible over time.

One of the most recent revolutionary plans we’ve drafted would move our sound booth to a different place in the room, replace our point source system with line arrays, add a monitor mixer, replace our stage wedges with IEMs, put the drums in an enclosed space, add virtual percussion, and replace all our wireless microphones.

With this much changing, are we actually doing anything right?

Well, yes, we’re doing a lot right. We get a lot of compliments on our current worship and sound system.

We wanted to try and think about what needed to be done, though, with a completely blank canvas. It forced us to set goals, like better coverage in the room, represented by the line array system. Also, we learned we wanted more isolation of our band, represented by the drum cage and IEM. So even if we choose to move our system forward through small evolutions rather than a big revolution, we’ve sharpened our skills to communicate what we want as a team.

This suggested plan challenges every aspect of how our sound system and worship team are designed.

Is it likely to come to pass? In this case, I think it will.

Maybe it will happen all at once, or over a year or two. Maybe we’ll keep the mixer where it is after all. Maybe we’ll force all the guitar amps off stage, as well as the wedges.

At the end of the day, though, a complete plan made up of realistic goals to hit, has been created. It has been considered by everyone it concerns, from the pastor to the worship leader to the Deacon Board.

We’re ready for war.


More About Adrian Gates
Adrian Gates is the Media Director for Crossroads Community Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In his 16 years as a media professional, Adrian has served many different roles, including music producer, web master, videographer, consultant, social media “expert,” sound guy, lighting guy, stage hand, and roadie. His clients have included some of the largest tech companies in the world, New England churches looking to modernize, and dedicated weekend warriors. Adrian is a graduate of the New England Institute of Art and Communications.
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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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