This weekend, I was privileged enough to install a new PA and monitoring system that I had designed from scratch around the current installation in my church. The full system took about 20 hours to install, including trouble shooting, ringing out and testing.
It took a lot of work and effort with myself and my fiancé spending the best part of Friday and Saturday putting in the system. It got me to thinking what this system means and what were the reasons behind actually updating it in the first place.
When it came to playing through the system, it all became suddenly clear (if you’ll excuse the pun). It empowered the entire band instantly in our first practice and our Sunday Services became more exciting and endearing than they had been in a long time.
We were able to listen to each other more closely, our timing was tighter, we followed and flowed more smoothly and our message became clearer.
There is the always the danger of becoming addicted to technology, buying above and beyond what is needed, but having the contrast between the old gear and the new highlighted a deep and desperate need for the upgrade.
I just want this post to highlight the importance of a great sound system. Use it as a platform for greatness, a tool to enable your team to express themselves through worship. Don’t let a quest for the biggest and best gear outweigh what it is there to achieve, it is by no way a means to an end but rather a way to enhance and allow a message to be heard clearly and consistently, week after week.