[this article is an expanded version of a post from my Instagram site: creativeworshipideas]
Mixing old and new doesn’t always yield the best results – but sometimes putting the two together captures the best of both worlds. The quality of video – particularly LED screens and laser projection – has increased to the point that “virtual sets” can be created. While those screens are often used to show moving backgrounds to add energy, stills can also be highly effective. They give more of a sense of permanence – ie the object or scenery can sometimes look as if it is actually there, especially if it’s scaled to the size of the stage.
In this case, we took the final song of the worship set – a moving “heart” song – and paired it with high definition imagery of some beautiful stained glass panels. The look and feel gave a simultaneous sense of history and visual intensity. And look at the incredible color and artistry of that stained glass – if they would’ve had moving lights back then, they would’ve used them! : ).
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I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a son, a pastor, a consultant, a musician, a writer, and bits and pieces of a bunch of other things. My work life has followed three main phases - business to teaching to church. I was the Weekend Services Pastor for nine years at Northview Church, an awesome church in the Indianapolis suburbs. I used to work for Willow Creek, another awesome church in the Chicago area. Plus I've written for various magazines and websites, and other freelancy sorts of things... My life mission is to help the church be as excellent as it can be.
Oh yeah - the name's Greg. Greg Wallace. But not the race car driver or the major league pitcher or the British celebrity chef. Just the creative worship guy. Hi.
It's my hope that these ideas, musings, rants, raves, etc... will inspire you. They're just my opinions - but again, I hope that they'll help to inspire you. Because the church really, really needs inspired creative types. If you're a creative type (and most people are, deep-down), ask God for help. Then take any ideas that are useful to you - borrow them, nab them, use them, adapt them - and make them into something greater...
You can head over to my Instagram site for an abundance of shorter posts: creativeworshipideas. If you're looking for consulting - especially on weekend services, team leadership or multi-site strategies - I'd love to help. Just message me here, and I'll be in touch - Greg
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