Planning a Successful Upgrade for 2018

Technical upgrades should not detract or distract people from the message, but technology can make things easier, and can mean you require less volunteers or less stress on yourself.

Planning a Successful Upgrade for 2018
As shown as part of this recent install at Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana, it is best to take the time to know how your upgrade will progress, once you decide whether you will do a multiphase install all at once or in different stages.
Planning a Successful Upgrade for 2018
As shown as part of this recent install at Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana, it is best to take the time to know how your upgrade will progress, once you decide whether you will do a multiphase install all at once or in different stages.

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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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As the calendar year is coming to a close, now is a great time to start looking at and planning upgrade projects for 2018.

Once you have identified the goal of your project, you need to determine if other ministry areas need to be brought in.

The thought of going through an entire or even partial system overhaul can be both an exciting and daunting adventure. Planning an upgrade should start well before you purchase any equipment and having a clear goal will help ensure that the process is a smooth one.

The first critical step in doing a technical upgrade is making sure you have a clear goal.

If you don’t have a clear goal, then there probably isn’t a good reason for upgrading. The goal may simply be to replace equipment that is nearing its end of life and pro-actively replacing it before it dies on a Sunday morning five minutes before service starts.

Along with, and part of, the goal is the “why”. Some questions to ask around this are:

• What is the benefit to the congregation?
• What is the benefit to the tech team?
• What is the benefit to the overall body of Christ?
• Is there a benefit to the pastoral staff?

Technical upgrades should not detract or distract people from the message.

As technicians, it’s easy to get wrapped up in lights, big screens, and high definition cameras.  The thing you need to look to is, are you leading people to Christ, or are people growing deeper in their relationship with God? If not, why do it? This is not to say that these things are excessive, but if people focus on your technology, and not the message, your changes have gone too far.

One good reason for an upgrade is maybe just to save yourself from burning out!

Technology can make things easier, and can mean you require less volunteers or less stress on yourself.

Once you have identified the goal of your project, you need to determine if other ministry areas need to be brought in. This is where you need the buy in of your church’s senior leadership.

When you’re doing a sound upgrade, it won’t just be the sound technician, but the worship leader, the video director, presentation director and possibly your lighting director. The communication between these areas will determine the success or failure of a project. These may all be a singular position, depending on the size of your church, which can make things simpler, but it also means connections that exist between disciplines can be easily overlooked.


More About Todd Heft
Todd Heft is the director of media arts at Hillside Community Church in Bristol, Connecticut. He also serves as the Social Media Coordinator for Racing with Jesus Ministries. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Master's degree in Computer Information Management from Central Connecticut State University. Todd also has a full-time position at ESPN as a Senior Systems Administrator, and enjoys spending time camping with his wife and their four children.
Get in Touch: todd.heft@hillsidebristol.org    More by Todd Heft

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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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