We all have that one friend. You know, that friend who can pull you into a story and make a trip to the DMV sound like a trip to Disneyland.
Maybe it’s their humor or their wisdom or their deft interpersonal skills, but you hang on their every word. You laugh when they laugh. You cry when they cry. And all the while, you wish your stories could sound half as interesting.
What if we as a church—both locally and collectively—had that same draw to the world around us? What if we could communicate the same magnetism and intrigue in the way we tell a story? After all, we have the privilege of telling the greatest story ever told—the Gospel.
Technology can often bridge the gap between biblical truth and attritional elements that hold people’s attention, generate interest, and build excitement.
While not an exhaustive account, following are several of today’s technologies that can help you and your team tell a better story in your church space:
1. LED Wall
Because of their hi-resolution and clear definition, LED walls can make your stories much more powerful—more real and almost tactile. Unfortunately, many churches assume they can’t afford this technology and never even take the time to investigate LED walls. But the investment may surprise you.
LED walls have never been less cost prohibitive as they are today, and—depending on the amount of ambient light in the room, cost and quantity of replacement lamps, and your goals with video—the jump to an LED wall from a projector might be justifiable. In fact, many churches have found that, rather than devote significant hours and funds to designing new sets for each sermon series, it’s just as effective (if not more) to produce the look digitally.
2. Environmental Projection
If you haven’t seen Environmental Projection yet—or some might call it Architectural Projection if it utilizes architectural elements of the space—you first must watch this video.
As you can see, Environmental Projection can immerse your people into whatever story you’re sharing. And while it’s not a technology that’s feasible for every congregation, the cost has dropped to a point where it’s more attainable for churches with limited AVL budgets.
3. 3D Projection Mapping
One way to add texture to a stage, without being locked into a single look, is to install reflective shapes that can be projected from a series of new or repurposed projectors. Because of its ability to suit any series that your church may be planning, it’s an art form with endless possibilities. For example, one church I worked with was doing a series on marital intimacy called, “Sheet Music.” They hung an 8’ treble clef made from weighted Styrofoam over their stage and onto it they projected images of sheet music being turned.
Each of these technologies—LED Walls, Environmental Projection, and 3D Projection Mapping—can significantly boost the quality of our storytelling.
Mike Mrozinski will share more about these and other emerging technologies in his breakout session. Register today!