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Designing Worship Slides

Matthew Starner shows how to make good worship slides better:

I had a request from a friend who is doing slides at his church asking for some guidelines and examples of how we do our slides. I looked around for some articles to send him and, finding none that were quite how we do it, figured I’d write him one. This one’s for you, Nathan!

Let me start off by saying that the reason that I couldn’t find an existing article that laid out how our slides are put together is not because we’re the only ones doing it right, but because every church is going to do it a little differently and that’s OK!

Generally speaking, if the lyrics are readable, easy to follow, and look good to your eye, then they’re probably already pretty good. But these steps may make them even better.

For the purposes of this article, I’m going to use two different songs as examples: the hymn A Mighty Fortress, and Mighty to Save.

Step One: Find your Font.
While I’ve seen some churches with great design staff successfully pull off using a different font for every song (or every line), most of the time it just looks tacky and is hard to follow. One good, sans serif font will work great. We use Helvetica. Arial or Futura would be fine too. Above all, it should be easily readable. And for heaven’s sake NO COMIC SANS. Or Papyrus, for that matter.

Also, stick to one size between all of your slides. It’s hard on the eyes when one slide had giant text and the next you need to break out a magnifying glass. While I’ve seen different theories on what is the ideal font size (such as taking the age of your oldest attenders and dividing it in half – i.e. if your oldest are around eighty, your font should be no smaller than 40) it’s just easier to find a font size that you can read comfortably from the seats farthest away from the screen.

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