Upgrade Planning: Make the Right Choice for the Greatest Impact for the Gospel

Gear will fail at some point, and churches constantly face the scenario of having to decide between repair versus replace.

Upgrade Planning: Make the Right Choice for the Greatest Impact for the Gospel
Solutions that are initially framed as “temporary,” always become permanent, and you end up having to support a workflow you never planned on embracing in the first place. It never works out the way you hope. Cheap solutions cost what they do, for a reason.
Upgrade Planning: Make the Right Choice for the Greatest Impact for the Gospel
Solutions that are initially framed as “temporary,” always become permanent, and you end up having to support a workflow you never planned on embracing in the first place. It never works out the way you hope. Cheap solutions cost what they do, for a reason.

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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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Realizing the Need

Contrary to the belief of some, your equipment will not last forever.

It’s often wise for churches to forecast their system replacement needs and continually save for the inevitable.

Gear will fail at some point, and churches constantly face the scenario of having to decide between repair versus replace. On the larger scale, the decision to fully embrace a new system workflow or primary signal protocol, is often up for debate when a major piece of equipment fails.

It’s often wise for churches to forecast their system replacement needs and continually save for the inevitable. It is considered that a wise time window for replacement for major pieces of equipment is 10 years. This is due not only to the fact that equipment with better fidelity is available a decade later, but new protocols (often network-based) are presented as a “must do” scenario for long-term system flexibility and optional expansion.

Assuming a 10-year lifespan only encourages churches to plan for replacement and budget accordingly – your gear will not last forever and churches must realize this for effective ministry.

Realistic Expectations

The right systems cost real money.

The perfect solution does not exist to replace exactly what you currently have – it exists for what you need to accomplish in the future, and it costs what it costs. Churches often want something for nothing (or very, very little).

It’s hardly unusual in that we are inclined to search for “the deal.”

The focus on how “I know a guy” or “I got it barely used,” as the way to purchase equipment, might not be the best course of action, especially if it is seen as a benefit that we got something more than the church down the street or made a deal that is worth the sacrifice.

While stewardship is incredibly important, the successful implementation of your system, along with longevity is even more valuable than the few bucks saved to get the “deal.”

Expect things to cost more than you will want. They always seem to, don’t they?

The key is realizing value in the right solution and longevity. Is an extra 20 percent worth the immediate expense for RGBW colored house lights, instead of white only, with the understanding you’ll have more long-term flexibility to do what you need with the room 5, 10, or 15 years down the road?


More About Marcus Hammond
With over a decade of church technical leadership and production experience, Marcus Hammond serves as Church Resource Director with Stark Raving Solutions, based in Lenexa, Kan. Hammond is passionate about helping local churches connect with their congregation and helping church technical teams reach a new level of success. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Jill, and enjoys travel, Hi-Fi audio, and KC BBQ! Connect with Marcus on Twitter @marcus_hammond.
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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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