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The pandemic saw a dramatic increase in the adoption of audiovisual technology. The new adoption has occurred across many markets, including corporate, retail, higher education and even houses of worship. While many churches have been transitioning over recent years to incorporate new audiovisual technology to provide an enhanced experience for their existing congregation and reach a wider audience, the adoption of new technologies was accelerated by the pandemic. This has provided an unprecedented opportunity for houses of worship to improve technology and broaden their capabilities.
In the transitional period that we are now in, it’s important to think about the future. It is more than likely that for the foreseeable future worship services and large gatherings will be a hybrid combination of in-person and remote participants. It is imperative to be able to support both audiences seamlessly. Creating a unified experience means ensuring video quality, sound quality and streaming technology are up-to-date and effective. Now is the time to upgrade technology to ensure remote viewers are comfortably viewing worship services.
There are many added benefits to offering online streaming options for worship services. Current members who are out of town or unable to physically attend can tune in to and it provides an opportunity to gain new members. Geographical boundaries are not an obstacle for people who may live further away from the house of worship. Potential new members can get a better understanding of each house of worship without even having to enter the building. This is perfect for people who may be new to an area and are trying to decide which house of worship is right for them. Member retention will likely improve with high-quality streaming options.
Online streaming allows houses of worship to overcome the capacity limitations of a physical worship space, too. For typically larger services, especially during holidays, streaming technology can broadcast the service to physical overflow rooms inside the house of worship or people can watch from their own home. There is no limit to who or how many people can participate in services. Remote worship services can still have all the components of a regular worship service. For example, remote viewers can donate online rather than having to be there to physically donate when the hat is passed around.
Making sure you have quality audio equipment in place is paramount. While the in person audio can be flawless, it might not sound as crisp for a virtual audio. It’s important to recreate the experience for those tuning in on their mobile devices or televisions. Viewers won’t spend time watching a service that they can’t clearly hear or see. Investing in high-quality audio broadcasting technology can increase remote viewers’ experience ever further to give people at home the same experience as in-person. Upgrading technology also creates a better experience for in-person worship. Higher quality audio can help carry sound to people in the back of the house of worship and make it clearer to understand sermons and music.
AV Planners has proven success in designing worship spaces with high-quality, seamless audiovisual systems. Contact AV Planners to learn more about our services. Keep up with the latest news from AV Planners on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.