3500 Leave the Church Every Day

cross_jesus_woodThere is an ongoing silent migration away from the church of an estimated 3,500 individuals each and every day. A 2014 study indicated that over 1.2 million people will leave the church in the next year. Several factors are contributing to this trend, but the majority of individuals who are leaving the church report that they no longer feel connected. Can this be reversed? Can the church connect with these people before it is to late?

This movement away from the church has been ongoing for several decades. The number of churches that are closing their doors every year is leading to an overall decline in church attendance. In 2015, it is estimated that over 10,000 churches will close their doors. This has lead to a growing host of Christians who no longer have a place to connect with other believers. In fact, The Barna Group reports that the average size of a church congregation in America is just 89 adults. That means for each church door that closes, almost 100 people are left without a spiritual home.

When asked about the importance of church in their lives, 80% of 14-33 year olds reported that church was ‘not important’ to them. Millennials, as they are often called, have very different preferences of what church should look like compared to their parents. Millennials prefer worship spaces that are quiet and decorated in a classic style. They prefer casual dress and a sense of community over privacy. Clint Jenkin with the Barna Group says, “Millennials don’t look for a church facility that caters to the whims of pop culture. They want a community that calls them to deeper meaning.” In short, churches do not need to create ultra modern worship spaces to connect with young people, but rather create an environment that engages and inspires.

When asked about these shocking statistics, Roger Chasteen of the Kross Radio mentioned a positive trend “67% of US listeners now stream their music online.” The Kross – which streams online as well as through Android and Apple apps, can reach the unreachable. “Listeners can tune into the Kross anytime anywhere and connect with a larger Christian family,” said Chasteen. “Millennials are getting their news and information on the go it only makes sense that they would want their Christian music on the go as well.” In fact, more and more churches are increasing their online presence, from social media to streaming service – young people want to access the church from their own homes, on their own time.

Ultimately, while the trend of young people leaving the church is troubling, there is hope. Churches should continue to reach out to their community and engage with young people. Church leaders who use social media and streaming content will likely see their congregations grow over time. Jenkin with Barna went on to say, “When Millennials visit your faith community, are they welcomed and respected, or harassed and put on the spot? Think about how you can respect and respond, rather than assert and demand. If, at the end of the day, teens and adults can say they met with God in your faith community, getting them to come back won’t be much of an issue.”

Sourced: The Fuller Institute, Barna Group, The Kross and Pastoral Care Inc.

Lighthouse Evangelism Upgrades FOH and Monitor Mixes with Two SSL Live. L500 Consoles

SSL Live. L500 at Lighthouse Evangelism SingaporeThe services at Lighthouse Evangelism Woodlands in Singapore are being heard in a new light thanks to the addition of two SSL Live. L500 consoles, one for its front of house duties and the other for monitors mixes. As Lighthouse Evangelism’s sister location in Tampines is home to a Duality equipped recording studio, the choice of SSL for the sound system at the Woodlands venue was a natural progression.

With the help of SSL’s Singapore office, the two L500 consoles were delivered and installed by Managing Director Chan Kheng Wah and Live Marketing Manager Dominic Koh, who also facilitated the sale and are coordinating local training and support. The SSL consoles were chosen to replace Woodlands’ previous consoles and have delivered a significant sonic improvement.

“The difference between the previous consoles and the SSL L500s is like night and day,” says Rhey Ruiz, Head of Sound for Lighthouse Evangelism. “The microphone preamplifiers are amazing. We can hear so much more of our instrumentation, which has really contributed to the enjoyment and fulfillment that the congregation experiences at each service. What’s more, we record all of our services to multi-track, and the integration of the recording capabilities has been perfect. We can record directly from the microphone to the recorder without any filtering, which is something we were not able to do in the past.”

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Powersoft Audio K2 Amplifiers Chosen for Massive A/V Integration at St. Andrew Lutheran


St. Andrew Lutheran Church, located just outside of Twin Cities, Minnesota, started its congregation in 1975 with just 200 members. Currently situated in a massive and aesthetically spectacular facility, the church now has membership in excess of 6,000 people, making it one of the largest Lutheran churches in the U.S. During the fall of last year, the church called on Twin Cities Sound looking for a complete redesign of its sound system, including acoustical work, video and lighting elements. To help resolve power and intelligibility issues, Twin Cities Sound chose to incorporate Powersoft amplification to drive the entirely redesigned audio system.

While the interior sanctuary was aesthetically striking, the church staff cited intelligibility issues with the previous audio system, saying that congregants found it difficult to hear and understand pastor’s message each week. “When we went into there originally, the complaint was that nobody could understand what was being said,” says Brandon Levy, Manager of Twin Cities Sound. “It wasn’t a power or a volume issue, it was that nothing was intelligible whatsoever. Even when it was really loud, the congregation couldn’t understand the content sufficiently.” Levy and his crew created an entirely new system design for the facility, starting with taming the acoustic environment and then reorienting the sound system from a multiple point-source system to a predominantly center cluster system.

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FreedomHouse Church Chooses Antelope Audio’s Zen Studio for Growing Congregation

From Recording Podcasts and Rehearsals, to High Resolution Playback of Backing Tracks During Services, Zen Studio Keeps Production Values High for Growing Congregation

Antelope2Back in 2008, FreedomHouse Church began with seven people on a mission to bring hope and change their world one life at a time — with an inspiring Christian message built on principles of excellence, honor and commitment. Six years later, with a dynamic young pastor whose vision was to create a church people want to come to, FreedomHouse’s congregation has grown to just under 1,000 — mostly under 30 years old and reflecting nearly every ethnicity and background. At the center of FreedomHouse’s media production toolkit is a new Zen Studio multi-channel interface, from Antelope Audio.

FreedomHouse Church, which recently acquired its own dedicated sanctuary space, has been ‘mobile’ for six years — renting high school auditoriums, movie theaters and commercial buildings each Wednesday and Sunday. The church’s production team consists of over 25 volunteers, part of 175 total volunteers who serve throughout its different ministries.

The church’s use of technology helps create an atmosphere conducive to worship: “I have always felt that if you want to do something, you should do it well,” says Omar Reyna, Music Director, FreedomHouse Church. “This meant being intentional and inventive about when and how we use the technology. Since we acquired it a couple months ago, the Antelope Zen Studio has become an integral component in our pursuit of excellence in many different areas.”

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Technologies for Worship at Infocomm 2015

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Technologies for Worship Magazine partners with Church Tech Leaders and InfoComm 2015 on an expanded House of Worship seminar track

Seminars include:

  • Choosing the Best Audio Network for Your Needs
  • Video Creation to Completion (from Storyboards to Final Edits)
  • Building a Lighting System for Houses of Worship
  • The Pursuit of Motion, Resolution and Image Quality
  • How to Develop Your Audio Volunteers
  • LIVE Production Tips
  • Mixing Worship 201
  • Visual Worship – What Does it Mean?
  • Plus many more!

For more information and to register for your seminars, please click here

The Technologies for Worship Stage will also be returning to the Infocomm show floor, and features free hands-on workshops, live worship band performances, and technical experts available on-hand to answer your questions.

Partners include DPA Microphones, Digital Projection, Inc (DPI), Kramer Electronics, LAWO, ProCo (RapcoHorizon) and Renkus-Heinz.

If you have any questions, please call Michelle Makariak, Editor at 705-500-4978, or Darryl Kirkland, Publisher, at 905-690-4709.

Tectonic Audio Labs Technical Video Series

Tectonic Audio Labs has produced a 21-part technical video series explaining the function, performance and application of Distributed Mode Loudspeaker (DML) technology. Unlike traditional speaker systems that utilize pistonic cone and compression drives to produce audio, Tectonic speakers employ large format flat panel DML resonant mode devices to propagate audio.

“DMLs produce audio in a fundamentally different way than a typical loudspeaker does”, explains Tim Whitwell, physicist and DML expert. “This technology can seem quite counterintuitive to those not familiar with resonant mode devices.”

The Tectonic Technical Video Series condenses over three hours of conversations between Whitwell and transducer & loudspeaker systems engineer Marcelo Vercelli. Together they explore and explain DML technology. Each five minute video module covers a single topic in detail. Titles include:

  • How DMLs Work – Parts 1-4
  • DMLs vs. Pistonic Transducers
  • DML Feedback Resistance
  • DMLs In Reverberant Spaces
  • DML Stereo Imaging

“We set-up a video library on our web site that allows visitors to easily browse and sample topics of interest”, says Scott Garside, Marketing Director. “There is a wealth of information here that provides a fundamental understanding of resonant mode audio propagation. The function and benefits of DMLs are quite remarkable.”

The Tectonic Technical Video Library is available at:

Second Baptist Church Chooses DiGiCo Consoles

Superior audio, ease of use, simple firmware updates and seamless plug-ins cited in upgrade to SD5 desks at SBC’s massive West Campus


Christmas services this past December never sounded better at Second Baptist Church’s 400,000-square-foot West Campus in Houston thanks to a recent audio system upgrade to two DiGiCo SD5 consoles. Installed by local HOW systems integrator Covenant Communications, the new consoles replace a pair of legacy DiGiCo D5 Live FOH and monitor desks for the church’s 5,000-seat “in-the-round” worship center, which also televises its lively services.

Second Baptist Global Tech Director Mark Sepulveda notes that after seven years of duty, the time had come to retire the previous consoles and make an upgrade. “The SD5s were chosen based on what our team thought were the best overall live audio consoles on the market that continued to give us superior audio with the DiGiCo brand, continued ease of hands-on functionality, easy firmware updates that will continue to add new features in the coming years, and the ability of the SD software to integrate with Waves SoundGrid for a seamless plug-in experience,” he says.

Covenant Communications has largely handled Second Baptist’s audio/video/lighting needs for the past four years, and the eventual upgrade choice came after considering various options. “I put a few things in front of Mark,” notes Joe Smart, Covenant’s sales manager. “Our role is to be objective; it’s not an emotional decision, but one to find the best solutions for them.” The SD5’s flexibility was perfectly suited for the church’s typical need for a quick “flip around to different worship styles” – from traditional to high-energy contemporary sound – and “recording audio for future TV broadcast,” notes Smart.

Smart points out that Second Baptist required more than the 128 inputs processed by its previous system: “The new spec required close to 160 inputs, no doubt in part to accommodate the fairly large band, including 12 to 15 rhythm players and 20 to 30 string players. That doesn’t include the enormous choir of up to 180 singers, 24 of those members being wirelessly close-miked and processed for a massive choir sound.”

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Tricks for Singers Using In-Ear Monitors

As a singer, are there any special tricks you should know about when using in-ear monitors?

shutterstock_144686570_zps495b10daI’m so glad you asked. I’ve been waiting to talk about mic techniques. But before we go there, we need to talk about free space and what happens when you sing without using in-ears.

Free space is the environment between your ears and a speaker. And lots of strange things happen in this space. There are refractions. Absorptions. Reflections. Sound interacts with things and people and hats. Hats are the worst. Cowboy hats especially. They’re like a giant parabolic reflecting dish—changing the dynamics of what you actually hear. And so far, I’m only talking about just 1 speaker. But on a stage, you are surrounded by speakers; not just your floor wedges but the side-fills and even the PA system. Whenever you move and where ever you go, you introduce new variables into the free space and the combination of all these factors affects what you are able to hear. Some frequencies may be boosted. Some may be canceled. It is entirely unknown. Sound is dynamic indeed. And all of these variables get picked up by your vocal microphone as well.

So by eliminating the floor wedges in front of you and by shifting the speakers into your head, you negate the free space. The distance from speaker to ear becomes null and as such, external environmental variables become zero. Not only that, your mic is far less likely to pick up external noise. Without floor wedges, your mic will only pick up the room and the rest of the stage noise. As an important side note, the more quiet your stage becomes, the more control you have over every aspect. A completely quiet stage can actually feel like a recording studio. Tell that to your band mates so that everyone can experience that level of control.

Back to your ears. So you’ve eliminated the free space but you’ve introduced a few new variables. 1) There’s that slight feeling of disassociation, of being sealed up. You’ll get over that. 2) You’re hearing yourself with a clarity that you’ve never experienced before. This makes a lot of singers nervous. And a normal response is to get timid or to sing with less strength. Or to compensate for the new loudness in your head by moving the mic farther away from your mouth. Or by relying on your engineer to constantly adjust your vocal levels. But those are the wrong solutions.

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March 2015


Technology Spotlight:  The Life Church, Memphis, TN
What is Up with HDCP – and How Will it Affect Your HoW?
Broadcast Audio and When You Need a Separate Console


Networking Your Audio Speakers

Tips for Broadcasting Mic’ing

Assistive Listening
Should Assistive Listening Devices be Mandatory for Houses of Worship?

Presentation Software
Using Presentation Software for Lower Thirds and Social Media

Digital Signage
Understanding Digital Signage

Lights, Camera, Rigging! Five Safety Issues to Take to Heart

When is Free Not Enough?

Cameras for HoW

Environmental Projection: What You Need to Know

Personal Monitors
Choosing the Right Personal Monitor Mixer

46 Portable Screens: Pros and Cons

What is Flicker?

Lighting Consoles
Lighting Consoles for Small to Medium Houses of Worship

Buckhead Church Lighting the Way

When Do You Need a Com System?


Product Reviews

Mackie DL32R Wireless Digital Live Sound Mixer
Allen & Heath Qu-32 Digital Console
Yamaha NEXO

Decision Makers
Joe Cichon, Technical Director, Black Rocks Church

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Pantano Christian Church, Tucson, AZ