Brady Shearer: Church stage design can feel intimidating, especially for those who’re a smaller church. But right here’s the excellent news. You’ll be able to design a shocking church stage on a finances and by the top of this podcast, you’ll know exactly how and we’ll share with you five churches which might be implementing these costs, saving stage designs as inspiring examples.
Alex Mills: Properly, hey there, and welcome to Pro Church Instruments, the show that will help you share the message of Jesus while we navigate the most important communication shift in 500 years. I’m your host, Alex Mills joined as all the time by Brady Shearer.
Brady Shearer: Stage design is likely one of the issues that we found church buildings obsess over greater than they in all probability have to.
Alex Mills: That’s the way you’re going to get the youths to return to your church. Acquired to have a cool stage. Am I right?
Brady Shearer: Apparently, there’s a guide that was launched by Barna a couple of years in the past referred to as Making Area For Millennials, and it discovered that solely eight% of millennials have stated, we don’t attend church as a result of it’s outdated.
Alex Mills: Okay.
Brady Shearer: So my greatest guess can be that updating your stage design is just not what’s going to make you related and allow you to attain individuals which might be not attending church because individuals are not leaving church or just avoiding church all together as a result of it’s “out of date.”
Alex Mills: Okay.
Brady Shearer: With that being stated, we’ve launched this time about 465 public videos on this YouTube channel and the only hottest video with more than a quarter of one million views is about stage design. It’s referred to as Three Small Church Stage Design Ideas. It’s virtually three years previous that video at this point, however it nonetheless has a ton of nice ideas, totally different from the ideas we’re going to be sharing it in this video, so make sure that should you’re not one of the quarter million which have already watched it, go over and provides that video a watch or pay attention.
We’re going to be speaking a few sort of stage design that’s very price range pleasant on this video, but crucial thing for those who’re newer to stage design is to know that the inspiration is all the time lighting. Your lights are what are going to form the mood and the dynamic of your stage.
And while stage design, props and fixtures are going to return and go through the years, your lights are going to be a continuing and so it’s essential to think about that and price range accordingly. Let’s say you’ve acquired some money for stage design, spend as little as you’ll be able to on the props and the fixtures and hopefully these ideas will show you how to in that and spend money on lights. Get a number of the greatest lights you could because you’re going to be using them for an extended, long time. Whereas stage design, the developments, they arrive in and then they depart and we’re going to share some economical ways to double down on these tendencies in order that hopefully you possibly can reinvest, reallocate the funds that you simply saved there into lighting.
The large concept here could be very simple. Principally you begin with some wooden boards which you could get from a spot like House Depot. The dimensions you’re going to be on the lookout for is one by two by eight. So there are these little thin boards. There are about $5-
Alex Mills: Yeah, they’re super low cost.
Brady Shearer: … per board, one by two by eight. You’re going to need to paint them black and then you definitely’re going to need to mix that type of sturdy fixture with some LED tape you can purchase from Amazon. You will get a roll for, let’s say, 25 bucks, 30 bucks, one thing like that. After which you’ve got so much flexibility in what you create from there because principally you have got a picket board, very thin, virtually like a sword that lights up with an LED. You got an LED sword …
Alex Mills: Proper, and you then give it to your pastor and he makes use of it whereas he preaches.
Brady Shearer: Absolute … Waving it round?
Alex Mills: Sure.
Brady Shearer: And what you can do is you possibly can take a board and mix it with one other board to create an arrow or you possibly can combine it with three boards and create a rectangle or broaden your geometrical mind to create a parallelogram-
Alex Mills: Get some polygons.
Brady Shearer: … or a rhombus. So many ideas going again to early math and the shapes you’ll be able to create using these fixtures. And there are bunch of various examples of churches which are doing this because it’s economical and it’s very versatile and a flexible approach to mild your stage.
And what I really like about this sort of stage design, Alex, is that it’s elegant in its simplicity and that’s what makes it economical. Nevertheless it doesn’t ever feel such as you’ve cheaped out. I take a look at these church levels they usually feel elaborate to me. And then as soon as I discovered and invested, sorry, investigated how these stage designs have been compiled, you understand, hey, it’s not likely that onerous to create something like this.
Alex Mills: Positive. When you would’ve seen these photographs of these levels without understanding how they have been constructed, you’d assume, “Those are like custom shaped and built LEDs. Can’t imagine what their budget is.” No, that is the most cost effective smallest piece of wood you should purchase from Residence Depot. We simply type of tacked them together and put some tape on it.
And in addition what I really like about this is that in the event you use a sure design for let’s say a yr or so, you can rigorously take that LED tape off of these items of wood and make some totally different shapes and put that tape again on and have a completely new staged design for subsequent yr. So it’s tremendous versatile with how one can reuse it for the longer term as nicely.
Brady Shearer: Yeah. Once I was doing research on the church buildings that have been using this type of stage design, the most effective instance that I discovered on YouTube, it goes to huge shout out to a channel referred to as Worship Leader Hangouts. They have a video, it’s about 16 minutes long that does an entire deep dive into developing this sort of stage design.
They speak about totally different LED tape options, learn how to rig the entire thing, where to pre-drill on the edges of the boards to construct these geometric panels and designs they usually have this really cool shiny yarn that they received they usually wove in between their rectangular panels to create this really nice like mosaic appearing stage design.
And so we’re going to hyperlink to that video. Actually encourage you, when you want step by step tutorial on the way to create this stage design, that video is by far one of the best one that I found.
Alex Mills: We’re not those individuals. We’re not going to be making this stuff and displaying you how one can do it.
Brady Shearer: No, no. We will speak concerning the macro ideas of geometrical fixtures and I can wax poetic to make it sound like I do know what I’m talking about. But should you hand me a drill and say, “Get ready to pre-drill,” I’ll say, “What is this?”
Bunch of great examples that we need to highlight as nicely so you will get visuals of what this may appear to be. These all come from Church Stage Design Ideas, which is run by a buddy of ours, Jonathan [Mam. 00:05:59] So large shout out to them as nicely. They’ve nice write ups for each of those church buildings that we’ll link within the show notes.
So if you want to study more, you’re going to see what these designs seem like in the video. But if you want to study extra about, okay, what actual fixtures are they utilizing, transformers, those varieties of issues. They’re all linked within the description where we have now write-ups on those, properly, we don’t, John does in his firm.
So this primary example comes from The Nicely. It’s a church in Geneva, Illinois and primarily they’ve sort of created these arrows. This type of appears like a rhombus, but I is perhaps forgetting what shapes are because I run a church media firm at this level. Principally this stage design has upright LED fixtures, but in addition they’ve created arrows.
Alex Mills: Yeah, Like chevrons within the center.
Brady Shearer: Chevron. See what am I … I shouldn’t even be speaking.
Alex Mills: I’m not even positive chevron’s a form as a result of it’s identical to the highest a part of an arrow. However anyhow, there’s these chevrons in the midst of that sort of direct attention in the direction of the middle of the stage. After which like you talked about, these vertical type of singular strips that run up the stage that-
Brady Shearer: Let’s call them columns.
Alex Mills: Nice. Columns.
Brady Shearer: That sounds enjoyable.
Alex Mills: Yeah. I really like-
Brady Shearer: Chevron from you, column from me.
Alex Mills: Good.
Brady Shearer: Subsequent instance comes from Palm Valley Church in Mission, Texas. Once more, this instance comes from Church Stage Design Ideas and it seems like they created this stage design particularly for their youth group they usually truly used PVC pipe right here as an alternative of the one by two by eight picket boards. And so you can do something like that as properly.
And that is in all probability the simplest example. Primarily, they have a two strips of LED tape, one purple, one blue and every one is on its own PVC pipe, I consider they usually’re actually shut together. In order that they create their very own column and then there’s four columns, each of various peak the place they every get taller and taller as you get to the middle of the stage. Truly the inverse of that, they usually look actually cool, but I needed to spotlight this example because it’s so incredibly simple.
Alex Mills: So simple.
Brady Shearer: They usually turn off all the lights within the room they usually have their projector within the middle and perhaps you run some haze and for 500 bucks is principally what this might value. Perhaps much less. Perhaps you will get it all the best way down to love $300. You’ll be able to create a chic stage design that requires … Okay, I truly assume I might create this one.
Alex Mills: You could possibly.
Brady Shearer: I feel like if I comply with the tutorial that Worship Leader Hangout made, I might truly create this, which is saying something because my potential to create bodily fixtures is actually zero, but that’s how easy this will look, this can be to create and it seems to be so elegant.
You run a little bit of haze. I know some churches don’t wish to have the lights all the best way down which is completely okay. I feel even with the lights partially on and a bit of haze and these fixtures, you’re going to get an ideal stage design. It’s very elegant and it’s a huge win, I feel, in your general communication strategy. Loads of the occasions the stage design finances is going to be coming from the same price range that the website one is or the social media. It’s all the identical.
When you can economically strategy your church’s stage design, you’ll be able to reallocate those funds perhaps to costlier lighting, but perhaps to a greater website perhaps to something like social media, which we expect is going to move the needle a lot more forward in engaging in your church’s mission versus a costlier church stage design that I just don’t assume individuals care about as a lot as we expect that they do.
Alex Mills: What I really like about that one as properly is it seems to be like those columns stand on the ground. And I’ve seen this at church buildings that I’ve been to earlier than the place those will truly be moveable. So when you’ve got your youth service on Friday night time, you possibly can have these on the stage on Sunday morning and just transfer them into your youth room on Friday night time. Or when you’ve got, you understand, some kind of special occasion, transfer them to a unique area, however they are often tremendous multipurpose as properly.
Brady Shearer: Completely. The subsequent example, Dunns Creek from San Mateo, Florida, and this example is slightly bit more superior, but what’s nice concerning the church stage design write-up is they sort of offer you a behind the scenes on what all the columns look collectively. Primarily they created, these longer columns that function a basis and then they type of stacked on the chevrons on prime of them.
In order that they created this big fixture that may stand on its own. And once more we’ve received these arrows which might be pointed outward from the stage or chevrons, whatever you need to name them.
Alex Mills: Who knows what they are. However I know that in the midst of these chevrons is so you possibly can see on the display they’ve a graphic that claims amplify with this really cool like geometric A, which I feel it’s not the identify of their church. I feel it’s type of like their vision for that yr. Like amplify, this is our word. They really made, they duplicated that very same A with these items of wooden and this mild. So this geometric A right in the midst of your stage that is super in keeping with what you’re going for that yr. And so it’s very intentional for the theme of the church and like spiritually, this is our phrase for the yr, that is what we’re going for.
And so even the stage design can be utilized to implement that and reinforce it in September whenever you’re making an attempt to remember, “What was the the word for that year? Oh that A, it’s amplify.”
Brady Shearer: Remaining example comes from a church referred to as Reward Church out of Beaumont, Texas. And that is one other good instance of how superb an LED tape on some wood fittings can look, however that is on a much bigger stage. They’ve acquired these fixtures suspended within the air so it seems to be like these arrows or these chevrons are hanging in the air unbiased from one another. After which you possibly can see there’s some haze on the stage and there are these huge mild beams which might be highlighting the haze. And again, you got a number of really good lights, somewhat bit of haze, suspended LED tape fixtures. And this seems like the most effective church stage designs I’ve ever seen.
Just like coroplast, which was the item of selection in our other church stage design video. These LED tapes mixed with these picket boards is an extremely economical however elegant look for stage design. We’re going to have hyperlinks to all of these church buildings on church stage design ideas. So you’ll be able to see the write-ups and the behind the scenes and all the totally different gear that they’re utilizing.
And then in fact go take a look at that video by Worship Chief Hangout that does a 16 minute deep dive into what it took for their church to construct this stage design utterly behind the scenes. However in case you are fascinated by, “Okay, what could be our next church stage design? We don’t want to spend too much money on it.” Perhaps we’re a smaller church, we’re simply stepping into this type of thing. To me, this is among the greatest methods to type of dip your ft into the water of stage design.
It’s not going to require an enormous financial commitment from you or your church upfront. And it’s something you’ll be able to create your self. And such as you stated, you set it up the place these are type of self-standing buildings and you may move them round. Perhaps in the auditorium, perhaps you need them for an occasion, perhaps you want them for a younger grownup service or a youth service.
And then lastly just need to make a disclaimer about utilizing all of those electrical issues. You simply need to be very careful that you simply’re following all the sure codes and contexts which are particular to your region. The codes are totally different per country. We’re in Canada, it is perhaps totally different in America, however in fact they in all probability differ from state to state as properly.
So you just don’t need to do one thing that’s going to be compromising to the electrical grid at your church and you then blow something up, which is why I might never construct anything like this. Positive, I might speak about hypothetically I might, but realistically probably-
Alex Mills: We’d burn something down.
Brady Shearer: … need to keep away from that as a result of I might certainly burn the church to the ground, which is not something that I need to do. Take a look at Church Stage Design Ideas, take a look at Worship Chief Hangout. They’re leading the best way in these areas and we need to spotlight them as much as we will, and that’ll do it for this episode of Pro Church Instruments. We’ll see you next time.