Put simply, we believe other than the presence of the Lord, and the soundness of the doctrine and theology being communicated, nothing can impact worship like improving the audio and visual experiences for your congregation. CCI Solutions has been involved in the design and installation of professional audio and video solutions for worship facilities for more than 35 years. We have helped small local churches with their first installation, assisted large churches like Saddleback Church move into new facilities with state of the art presentation capabilities, and have gone on the road touring with Christian artists like Lincoln Brewster insuring the best worship experience possible. This all goes to say that, from my perspective, there’s nothing that touches the heart like the sound of worship. The wide variety of new audio visual technology available for church sound systems makes it easy than ever for your congregation to express praise and worship. Lift your ministry up with a new church sound system.
What makes a good church sound system? I grew up in a small church where the church sound system was tucked away in a closet off to the side of the sanctuary. Technology has come a long way since those days, as most of you know. There are so many choices, and so much good gear, that there are literally hundreds of options available for your church. The challenge now is, it may be good gear, but is the right gear? When you’re sitting down trying to decide what to look for in your new church sound system, keep the following in mind:
- The Goals of Your Ministry: Your ministry goals are the first and most important piece of information in designing media systems that will support your ministry goals. Every church body has a mission and gifting programs to fulfill that mission. Your technical staff and technology guide (consultant or design-build contractor) must clearly understand that mission and those gifting programs or you will end up with a compromised system.
- The Size of Your Congregation: If you have a large building, and a large congregation, you’re going to have a great deal to keep in mind when making decisions regarding your church’s sound system. You’re going to want to ensure that you have a speaker system that provides clear, intelligible sound to every difficult corner of the room. At the same time, the speaker system must handle concerts and contemporary praise and worship music. Not easy in a large room. Many sound systems are designed for loud concerts and music. They sound pretty good for that use, too. But they don’t give you the clarity you must have to provide clear, intelligible sound to every seat. There are only a very few choices and designs that do both.
- The capability of your building to support your new church sound system: Many of the churches in the country date back decades or even centuries, and if that is the case you may very well find yourself in a building that can’t support the electrical requirements of a contemporary church sound system. It’s important before you sign on the dotted line that you ensure your building can support the sound system that you need! A professional technology guide will know how to make this determination before you commit.
- What your sound system is going to be used for: Do you only use your church sound system for Sunday morning services? Will there be singing? Drums and guitars place higher demands on a church sound system than simple singing. What about theater?
Not all church sound systems are created alike. My advice? Partner with a technology guide such as a consultant or design-build Audio Visual contractor to you to determine which design is going to be best suited for your church. Acoustics, lighting, audio, and video all need to be optimized to provide the best worship experience while minimizing investment costs. Lift your ministry up with the right sound system and watch your ministry grow and multiply.