As houses of worship increasingly look for ways to engage members and attract new people, many are embracing a more visual approach in their service to inspire participation.
With more emphasis being placed on the entertainment aspects of worship, the cinematic elements of a service are becoming a distinguishing factor. The dramatic imagery provided by digital display technology can complement the sounds of a choir or band, captivating audiences, evoking personal experiences and creating a lasting impact with congregations.
The sharpness and clarity of digital displays create striking graphics, legible text and support the intent of a place of worship to reach the greatest number of people. When lyrics are crystal-clear, the congregation is more likely to participate with songs. Impressive video walls make content more powerful and the message of a service more memorable.
A place of worship is a cornerstone of the community, and by fostering participation, display technology can build a stronger network among the membership. As a vital tool for sharing information, the use of display technology creates opportunities for outreach and engaging more people in the worship community.
Underpinning an investment in digital technology is a commitment to the future of a church, mosque, temple or synagogue. Relevant technologies maintain a relevant organization, and by appealing to a younger audience, digital displays can help sustain and even increase attendance. But while serving an important role in reaching the next generation, display technology can enhance the worship experience for all segments of a congregation.
In spacious sanctuaries with lots of ambient light, displays need to be bright and sharp enough to provide optimal readability throughout the space and not interfere with the message. Vibrant displays that oﬀer wide viewing angles, maximum color depth and brightness uniformity overcome the challenges of a well-lit sanctuary and ensure the best viewing for the entire assembly.
By broadcasting a live video stream from the main sanctuary to smaller worship areas such as multi-purpose gyms, chapels, student centers and other similar spaces, displays can support overﬂow and extend the capacity of the worship service. Services can reach broader audiences and spread the good word even farther.
Digital signage at the welcome desk can be used to showcase announcements as well as convey messages and up-to-date information to keep the congregation informed and involved. In lobby spaces, artistic video wall installations provide information in a unique way and can be used to create interest and expression.
In classrooms and meeting rooms, wall-mounted displays are used to show a wide array of information and materials to an audience or collaborative group. In these spaces, displays with touch capacity support the educational mission of a house of worship by providing an interactive learning experience.
In the public spaces of a place of worship, such as gyms, hallways, foyers or fellowship halls, digital signage is often used to show news, announcements, upcoming classes or calendar events or a live feed from the service.
Displays and video walls can also be used in a control center capacity to monitor live security footage for protecting congregations and house of worship property. Digital signage and security monitors that are deployed across a building or grounds can also push communications to social media.
Crossland Community Church, based in Kentucky, offers a community of refuge and hope for all people and a “come as you are” worship environment. Sunday worships are held at the church’s main location in Bowling Green and simulcast to two other Crossland campuses in Glasgow and Morgantown. Crossland’s sermons are also available online. During Easter 2019, the church rented an LED vide…