Worship is one of the key aspects of most modern western churches. It doesn’t matter if you worship with a hymnal and an organ or a fifteen-piece worship band and a smoke machine. The Church loves to sing its praises out to our God.
Side Note: For an incredible articulation on biblical worship, have a look at this sermon from Dove Award winning songwriter, Caleb Culver.
Of course, you can’t sing songs without knowing the lyrics. While singing from a hymnal is a great old-school way to praise, most modern churches have opted for a more technological solution. We love to display the words via a projector or a jumbo screen or two.
This is a convenient way to help everyone see the words and sing along. But, of course, it opens up a Pandora’s box of other needs along with it.
For instance, if you’re going to have a projector and screens, you also probably need to send a bunch of wires through your ceilings and walls to connect everything together. You also need a good presentation tool. This can be something as simple as PowerPoint or as elaborate as Media Shout or ProPresenter. It also requires more collaboration between worship leaders and IT crews as they make sure that song lyrics are in the local system and every verse, chorus, and word is lined up with whatever version of each song is being played.
Along with the lyrics, it also opens up the need to choose a church motion graphic. This can be something as simple as a black background and it can be as elaborate as a moving image. Either way, something has to be behind the words.
Backgrounds aren’t an essential part of a good service. Nevertheless, choosing a quality background can certainly add an extra layer of professionalism to your praise and worship experience.
For starters, the kinds of backgrounds that you choose can represent your church’s brand. They can reinforce your vibe, marketing, and other “business-y” factors surrounding your ministry.
More importantly, your worship backgrounds can have an impact on the service itself. If you put some serious thought and effort into your worship backgrounds, the visuals can become nearly as important as the music or even the words themselves. An appropriately moving background can quietly become part of the overall worship experience.
With so much potential at stake, backgrounds should never be taken lightly. They should be as carefully chosen as each song in the setlist and each swell and fade of the worship team. A poorly chosen image can detract from and even straight-up disrupt a service by distracting from the greater purpose of the worship itself.
With all of that said, I wanted to run through a quick rundown on how to choose a good worship background — and how to set up a powerful worship lyric display as a whole. From there, I wanted to share some of my favorite worship background sources, too, so that you’re never left without an image to go with your slides.
Ready to take a deep dive into a seemingly-irrelevant-but-actually-really-important aspect of your church service? Me too. Let’s do this.