If church is not a show, why do we need theatrical lighting?
We have heard this asked many times over the years as we’ve partnered with hundreds of churches. We usually hear it from volunteers, though occasionally from ministers. The heart behind this sentiment makes sense, but this is why we believe stage lighting is needed.
Most meeting spaces are evenly illuminated, which is fine when there doesn’t need to be a center of focus. Yet, when we gather to hear someone speak or lead us in worship, if the stage lighting is not even, or ideally brighter than the rest of the room, your eyes tend to get fatigued quickly. So while we hope that the congregation will do everything they can to remain focused, adding stage lighting helps get distractions out of the way so they can focus on what’s important.
Proper stage lighting gives us a clear and distinct focal point which helps us to see better while also reducing distractions around us.
One of our goals in creating our own lighting line, Springtree LED, was to create a simple lineup of products for churches that can beautifully illuminate a stage, while being affordable. We created a midlevel professional line that delivers a reliable performance and simplicity.
But what about moving lights? Its pretty hard to justify those!
Some Church services seem like rock concerts, with haze and high energy movers. We actually installed an LED wall in a church in New Jersey that creates some super cool graphics. Its pretty hard not to focus on worship with the lyrics appearing on that screen.
Well in our humble opinion, its the heart that matters. The first church met in houses. Centuries later, many craftsmen devoted their lives to build beautiful cathedrals. Its the heart that matters.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
-1 Corinthians 10:31
So whatever you do, do it for the glory of God, knowing its the heart he judges. So giving God your best may mean putting on a spectacular light show, or it may mean some beautiful acapella in a gym with next to no gear. For us, it means being good stewards of a church’s resources.
*Verse from the NIV