I try and visit churches whenever I can – I love to see and hear what other churches are doing to create worship atmospheres. One common thing I experience is that churches usually have decent sound & video production equipment, it’s the presentation, or the use of the gear that is sometimes lacking. Now I need to preface this by saying that these are my personal opinions, definately not any kind of rule, just suggestions – I’m not saying that worship isn’t happening if these suggestions aren’t followed. So take it for what it is.
Here’s and example of what I see typically on screens:
What’s wrong with that you may ask? Well rather than answering that, I’d rather just show you how I would change it to make it “pop” a little more, or look a little less “churchy”.
Change #1: Remove the punctuation – this isn’t an English class, it’s a worship service; we’re singing, not reading.
Change #2: Get rid of those uppercase letters! This makes the lyric more readable, softer, and accentuates the capital letters in words such as Jesus, Lord, Savior, God, King, etc.
Change#3: Get rid of those serifs. Choose a font such as “Arial” to get rid of those annoying accents on the strokes of the letters, it looks more modern and is much easier to read.
Change #4: Give the screen some room to breathe. There’s just too much up there, it’s intimidating, crowded, and busy looking. Add some blank space, some margins.
Change #5: Make it your own. I personally like to give the screen a little more space and change the font to something a little softer and stlylized like “Lucida Grand”. This just gives it that final touch – to me it says we really care about how it looks.
There you go, and the best thing is making this change is free! Let me know what you think, even if you disagree.