Service Planning Tools That Fit Within Your Church’s Budget

The resources available today have dramatically advanced just about every aspect of worship service planning in recent years.

Service Planning Tools That Fit Within Your Church’s Budget
Those who have the responsibility of producing worship services must artfully combine all elements of worship that a congregation will experience, including music; chord charts, music streaming, and popular songs, Church Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), audio; loops and tracks, visual; lighting and screen presentation and logistics; and online planning tools.
Service Planning Tools That Fit Within Your Church’s Budget
Those who have the responsibility of producing worship services must artfully combine all elements of worship that a congregation will experience, including music; chord charts, music streaming, and popular songs, Church Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), audio; loops and tracks, visual; lighting and screen presentation and logistics; and online planning tools.

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Medium to Large Churches

Small Budgets

As described above, either EasyWorship, ProPresenter or MediaShout would be applicable here.

Large Budgets

Planning Center Online: Putting together a worship service shouldn’t feel like a circus. If you’re juggling music prep, volunteer scheduling, or service planning, Planning Center has apps made just for you.
Proclaim: … powerful features, and ever-expanding Pro Media library of 10,000-plus motions and stills, and 50GB of storage for sermon publishing.
ProPresenter: As described above.

Megachurches

Large Budgets

As described above, either Planning Center Online, Proclaim or ProPresenter would serve churches with such a budget.

Some web-based worship planning systems will allow you to try their product free of charge and will structure pricing, based on the size of your congregation. One such solution is QuickWorship.

The following is a selection guide to help you consider the dynamics of owning, using and integrating all software available to your ministry:

Instruction Manual: Is there a manual available online?
Training: Is there a training guide to use as your church tech staff changes?
Support: Is there online tech support?
Controls: How easy is the software to use? Can you reassign keys? Can you show different screens on two or more projectors simultaneously?
Song Lyric Technical Features: Can you repeat the chorus or specified line or add a new song “on the fly”?
Graphic/Font Integration: Will the software handle all the graphic formats that you need? (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIF, etc.)
Movie/Animation/Video Integration: Will the software work with the movie formats that you need? (WMV, MPEG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, MOV, Flash, etc.)
Audio: Does the software allow integration/playing of Mp3, WAV, etc.?
Bible Text Features: If you plan to use the software to show scripture text, does the software provide the versions of the scriptures that you want to use?
Service Planning/Integration: Does the software allow for printing of service schedules? Does the software permit automated CCLI data recording?
PowerPoint Integration: Is it important to you that this software easily integrates PowerPoint presentations?
Auxiliary Features: Do you need “Nursery Call” features? (The ability to show some text or numbers at the side of the screen without interrupting the presentation)
Specialty Features: Does the software have a teleprompter feature?
Music Features: Do you need the ability to show chords or another musical notation?
Costs: Does the software have different levels of cost? Is there a free version? Is the cost a “one time cost,” or are you buying a subscription?


More About Kirk Denson
Kirk Denson is the Director of Audio and Technical Production at the House of Hope Worship Center, located in Chicago. Kirk is a veteran of the music industry, as a concert touring sound engineer, and also the film industry, as a sound designer and editor with a desire to give back to the community by way of his ministry work as the Founder and Executive Director of the MEMa studio. .
Get in Touch: kirk@kirkdenson.com    More by Kirk Denson

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