How to do sound for church and worship? We asked our friend, Doug Gould, who is an expert in doing sound for church and worship, to put together the most comprehensive and detailed manual and guide for doing sound for church and worship. We just launched it last week and already folks are writing in, sharing and commenting on this amazing resource. We are making it available in two parts. You can enjoy part 1 today!
David always sang to the Lord as his form of worship. This was not a professional sound service according to today’s standards, but he worshiped in a professional manner. It was always heart-felt, he skillfully played musical instruments, and he was intentional with worship. Think about the sound service in your church, you could pick out a few things that aren’t perfect. Face it, we will never be perfect, David was not perfect either. The idea here is that you should strive for a professional sound service in your heart. If you are happy with your sound service, that’s awesome! Our hope is to help everyone achieve a professional sound service feeling that ultimately brings your congregation closer to God’s heart.
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Shouldn’t this include the sound service in our church? Singing songs and hymns to God should be something that we put our hearts into and strive to be professional at it to some extent. Just purchasing top-of-the-line audio equipment for your worship service won’t elevate your service to a professional feel. Like anything, it takes work, it takes a learned mind to understand the ins-and-outs the equipment and how to professionally execute the service.
A professional sound service is made of many components, some of which are obvious and some that aren’t. There are many things to consider when a decision has been made to improve, replace, and/or install new church sound systems. Audio church sound systems are, like any complex system, made up of many parts. The weakest link in the system would negatively affect the whole. However, replacing inferior or obsolete components of an existing system can bring it back to life.