Master Planning an AVL Build or Upgrade At Your Church

Many churches wait too long or don’t put much importance to the audio, video and lighting portion of a project, until it is too late.

Master Planning an AVL Build or Upgrade At Your Church
This recent AVL install included a d&b audiotechnik Vi12 speaker system at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. Make sure to plan such a project out correctly with purpose, or you are really just wasting your church’s resources.
Master Planning an AVL Build or Upgrade At Your Church
This recent AVL install included a d&b audiotechnik Vi12 speaker system at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. Make sure to plan such a project out correctly with purpose, or you are really just wasting your church’s resources.

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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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Many churches are currently in the midst of either renovating an existing worship space or building a brand new one.

So when should the audio/video/lighting (or AVL) provider be brought into the project?

It is easy to spend time on things that don’t really matter and forget how important other things are. Many churches wait too long or don’t put much importance to the audio, video and lighting portion of a project, until it is too late. The problem is that you are going to spend a large amount of money on your sound, video, lighting, and acoustics, and if you don’t plan such a project out correctly with purpose, you are really just wasting your church’s resources, and your time. This will cause frustration with the wrong or inadequate equipment, but also a lack of trust in future projects and decision-making.

There are some good practices to follow to make sure your project not only goes well, but also finishes well.

Bring your AVL folks in at the right time

All too often, planning tied to audio, video and lighting is almost an afterthought. Once it is brought up, the mad dash to get something planned and then executed is a crazy mess.

So when should the AVL provider be brought into the project?

Before the architectural concepts are finished: If they are handling acoustics, such as room shaping, angles, absorption and reflection, or the AVL systems need to fit around the aesthetics of the architecture. 

While drawings are in development, and well before the plans are finished if AVL has to specify: Conduit, power requirements (how much and where), structural loads, or house-light designs.

Define your ministry values first

Before you start doing specs on specific equipment, you need to define what ministry values the equipment will need to satisfy. The why will dictate the how.

• What are the main drivers of this project? Are current needs being met? Is future growth being limited? Why are we doing this project at all?

• What are the core values of how the space will be used? What kind of space will it be?

• What is working in the current space? What feels good?

• What isn’t working in the current space? What doesn’t feel good?

The answers to any of these questions should never be about the gear itself, it should be about how you do ministry.


More About Van Metschke
Van is the Church Relations guy at CCI Solutions located in Olympia, Wash. He is co-host of the Church Tech Weekly podcast. Van spent almost two decades on church technical staff and has accrued almost more than 30 years experience in live production and system integration. He can be found on Twitter @thesoundbooth and can be reached by email at van@churchtecharts.org.
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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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