Upgrade Planning: Make the Right Choice for the Greatest Impact for the Gospel

Gear will fail at some point, and churches constantly face the scenario of having to decide between repair versus replace.

Upgrade Planning: Make the Right Choice for the Greatest Impact for the Gospel
Solutions that are initially framed as “temporary,” always become permanent, and you end up having to support a workflow you never planned on embracing in the first place. It never works out the way you hope. Cheap solutions cost what they do, for a reason.
Upgrade Planning: Make the Right Choice for the Greatest Impact for the Gospel
Solutions that are initially framed as “temporary,” always become permanent, and you end up having to support a workflow you never planned on embracing in the first place. It never works out the way you hope. Cheap solutions cost what they do, for a reason.

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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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Priorities

Don’t cut corners.

Churches across the country are terribly guilty of choosing the least expensive solution and attempting to “make it work.”

Solutions that are initially framed as “temporary,” always become permanent, and you end up having to support a workflow you never planned on embracing in the first place.  It never works out the way you hope. Cheap solutions cost what they do, for a reason.

I encourage you to prioritize quality and baseline infrastructure. That means arriving at the right solution, installed the right way, the first time. If a solution looks too good to be true, it often is.

If you choose a solution that may cost less, but you have to “do” more to make it work, just realize there will always be a tax on your team to produce elements in less than ideal circumstances.

Partnerships and Longevity

Most integration groups believe that the right solution for a church should last a long time. While it lasts, it should also be adaptable, flexible, and do what you need.

A good PA system could last 10, 15 or even 20 years, if it’s well maintained, but when you originally install, is a center mono cluster good enough, or should the church have originally installed an LCR “immersive” system for music reproduction that surrounds and engages the congregation at a greater level? Questions like these are ones that can be answered by partnering with the right integrator.

Wise stewardship isn’t accepting “maybe” as a viable option.

A church should know the goal they are trying to achieve, budget accordingly, and strive to meet that goal with the partnership of a church integration group. Sometimes this takes faith to invest at a level that church has never been able to before.

Final Thoughts

Few churches actually take the time to craft a plan for the eventual and necessary replacement of technical systems.

As part of wise stewardship, we’re called to make the right choice for the greatest impact for the Gospel – one that meets the need - not the least expensive choice that often misses the goal. If we can stay focused on the goal, the funds will often become available in a culture that is Gospel-centered and built on excellence.




More About Marcus Hammond
With over a decade of church technical leadership and production experience, Marcus Hammond serves as Church Resource Director with Stark Raving Solutions, based in Lenexa, Kan. Hammond is passionate about helping local churches connect with their congregation and helping church technical teams reach a new level of success. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Jill, and enjoys travel, Hi-Fi audio, and KC BBQ! Connect with Marcus on Twitter @marcus_hammond.
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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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