The First Pre-Emptive Action to Avoid an Audio Failure

To adequately prepare for the upgrade process, there are three key areas that you need to invest your thought in: timing, communication, and research.

The First Pre-Emptive Action to Avoid an Audio Failure
The right time to think about an upgrade is not when equipment stops functioning properly. You must start working on an upgrade plan, before your systems start failing. Be proactive in your planning. We’re talking about technology here. It is going to fail at some point.

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Another Sunday has passed, and brought with it another round of congregation members complaining that they cannot understand the pastor during his sermon. Or maybe it’s that the music doesn’t sound “right.” Possibly they cannot even hear at all where they are sitting.

The single most important thing you can do to ensure a successful audio upgrade is to plan and communicate early and often.

Inadequate coverage from speakers, blown or nonfunctioning equipment, or even a poorly designed and calibrated audio system can lead to these issues.

The big question is, “What can I do to make sure we can upgrade our audio system, before it gets this bad?” I’ve seen it happen in churches time and time again. The pastor or some other decision-maker has finally been faced with too many complaints, and decides to do something about it. However, he doesn’t have the slightest clue what he needs to do to fix the problems.

This is where you come in.

Maybe you are on paid staff or maybe a volunteer leader. Either way, you have a heart to support worship services with excellent audio. You are the key to your pastor and decision-makers understanding what is wrong with your current system and what needs to be done to fix it.

The single most important thing you can do to ensure a successful audio upgrade is to plan and communicate early and often. If you wait until your pastor or other decision-makers are frustrated with the situation, then you have failed at preparing for success.

When time is tight and there are expectations for problems to be fixed immediately, the door is flung wide open to allow mistakes in design and installation of new equipment.

To adequately prepare for the upgrade process, there are three key areas that you need to invest your thought in: timing, communication, and research.

The right time to think about an upgrade is not when equipment stops functioning properly. You must start working on an upgrade plan, before your systems start failing. Be proactive in your planning. We’re talking about technology here. It is going to fail at some point.

I typically try to start serious planning for an upgrade at least two years before I think I’ll need to implement the plan. I try to predict what needs our church will have two years down the road, and determine if our current equipment will still be functioning with enough capacity to meet those needs.


More About Michael Scott
Michael Scott serves as the Director of Media Arts for Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla. He has a passion for serving the church and helping the Body connect through worship. Michael oversees all aspects of live production in multiple venues with a team of more than 50 volunteers. Ask any of his volunteers and they will tell you that Michael's main goal for his team is to serve without distractions and with excellence. Throughout the course of Michael's career he has had opportunities to work with many churches of varying sizes as a full-time employee, contractor, or consultant. Michael has been married to his wife Kristi for 12 years and they have two sons, ages 8 and 6.
Get in Touch: mscott@hhbc.com    More by Michael Scott

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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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