If your church is anything like my church, the reality is that you can't afford all the fancy equipment and software that the big churches can.
If you have looked at some of these blog posts by church media "giants" and wondered how you're ever going to do all of that stuff, then carry on reading. I'd like to show how your small church can achieve much the same but without needing a big church budget.
Over the next few weeks I'm going to look at how to achieve some of these things. First up is equipment.
Unfortunately, when buying equipment, in most cases you will have to pay the full price for it. In addition to this, the cheapest equipment is not the best buy either.
We are called to be good stewards, and I would venture to say that this means that we should be buying equipment that will last instead of just the cheapest. Now that applies equally to buying the most expensive equipment, there is no reason to buy the most expensive item when there is a good quality alternative for a better price.
When you're out purchasing your equipment, make sure the shop knows you're buying for your church, they may give you a discount. Most are already aware of church budgets and also what you actually need, and will give you great advice on what the most cost effective solution is for your budget.
In my experience I have found that mentioning specific pieces of equipment to your congregation gives them the opportunity to think about buying that equipment four the church. Often people will give above and beyond if they are given a specific reason.
Checking the church budget is also a good idea, even small churches have a budget for things like sound equipment.
Do you have any tips or tricks for getting equipment cheaper?