website creator Taylor Blomquist offers staging tips for your worship ministry:
Intimacy, honesty, and transparency are keys to creating organic and authentic worship. Our organic worship blog series gives you the secrets of creating a heartfelt worship experience in a collective setting. The best part—we focus on DIY ideas, so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Configure elegant stage designs, build homemade acoustics and percussion, write powerful songs, and optimize your presentation software.
Creating an intimate worship setting
Worship is not about performance, and my hope is that every worship team knows this. In worship, we bring glory to God for what he has done—we are only a sign post directing others to Christ. So in talking about stage design, remember this important concept: every object and design must also direct the worshiper to Christ. The goal of stage design is to create an atmosphere of intimate reflection without distraction. The question then becomes, “How do I create a stage design that does that?”
Keys to organic stage design
1. Illuminate your stage with layered and low lighting
Use layered lighting to target different sections of the stage. There are four layers to consider: a general layer to primarily light the room, another layer to light the front of the stage, one or more specific layers to light focal points of the stage, and an ambient layer to give a consistent low light across the stage. If you can add color with canned filter lights or LEDs, use sunny yellows and deep reds to saturate the stage with warmth. Make sure to include lights from the floor to the ceiling. Remember that the key isn’t to have an extremely bright stage, but to have a well-layered and low-lit stage.