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Too Many Screens

This week I am asking for some help from those of you that have experience in the HOW (House of Worship) market. There are a number of AV professionals who service the church market or offer their talents on the weekend volunteering for their local house of worship in various capacities. It has been many years since I have stepped away from that due to time constraints.
Like a number of other churches, mine has developed along with technology. My mom used to run the “transparency” machine. This was basically an overhead projector with sheets that had been written on or printed on to show the words of the songs and various announcements. Then we stepped up to an actual projector with Power Point. It was a big deal. Currently our little 500 seat auditorium has two side screens in 16:9 showing IMAG of the pastor while he speaks and a center 16:9 screen showing the words to the songs and scriptures.
This weekend I noticed an addition that caught me a bit off guard. A fourth screen… next to the pastor. Well, that’s different. The screen was a mirror of what was on the center; scriptures and points from his message. However it felt a bit much.
There are aspects of presentation monitors that I completely get. In my capacity at Innovad I design education and corporate systems that provide visual information to a wide variety of audiences. This is an area where I guess I have lost touch. It’s not that it was obtrusive it just felt like this fourth screen was there just because we could.
So, my question to all you audio visual professionals who either work in, service, or volunteer in the House of Worship market is whether this is a common thing now. What are the factors that would determine the necessity of a screen on stage? The criteria such as space size, content, and use case. Thank you, in advance, for helping me understand this.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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