Lead by Geoff & Lee Blight, Life Church in Brisbane is a great example of what it means to have an impactful & successful medium sized church in Australia.
In fact, despite the isolated cases of Australia’s own mega churches, the reality is that even the bigger churches in Australia are nowadays comprised of multiple campuses very similar to the size and type as Life Church.
Whilst some enjoy the opportunity of purpose built church auditoriums and facilities, it’s pretty typical to see churches converting warehouses, school halls and almost any available suitable space into an auditorium and multipurpose facility.
Life Church is an example of just that, having converted an old high school hall into a main auditorium space.
Like most churches, Life Church had a finite budget and a lot to achieve. Some usual questions were asked – “we know Forefront do a lot of big projects, but we’re not XYZ Church, we have our own style & culture”…..”we need training and support, but you guys are located interstate”.
After sharing advice on how we deliver top notch service at distance every day for churches across the country and around the globe, how we have completed countless projects and have the know how to navigate all the challenges, and deliver all the needs of the various departments and stakeholders, Life Church set off on the journey with us here at Forefront.
Our process starts with a lot of listening and observation. We visited a church service and observed all aspects of the service including the presentation style, worship team & technical team. We got a good gauge of the abilities of the staff and volunteers. We met with the Pastors and staff, and got a strong sense of their vision for the future, their challenges and the overall style and direction of the church.
Every church has its own unique worship style, no matter the size or denomination. It’s key to our mission to figure that out and design systems and solutions that help attain the church’s vision whilst maximising the potential and skill level of the staff and volunteers who will be using the equipment and systems.
Next its to the drawing board. We create 3D software models of the auditorium space, and test different speaker systems, lighting layouts and video systems – this sometimes results in multiple options, and sometimes in more difficult conversion spaces, like a warehouse with a low roof, it can be a battle to just get all the elements to play nicely together - such as uninhibited sight lines to video screens, whilst navigating around the planned building services such as air conditioning ducting, as an example.
You see, we think about, and plan around all the aspects that years of experience have taught us. All the elements that we know can impact your outcome, regardless of whether it’s our direct responsibility or not.
All the types of things that anyone else might just keep quiet about to gain your business, but point to another trade or supplier when the result isn’t what it should be.
You don’t want to be in that position, when the air conditioning makes your video screens waiver in the breeze, or the carpet gets laid before anyone thinks of putting an assisted listening system underneath.
That’s just a couple of the external influences that could impact your audio, lighting and video systems - let alone intricacies involved in planning and designing the actual systems themselves.
And you shouldn’t be expected to know all this. It’s not like you do a church upgrade or building project every day! AT FOREFRONT ITS WHAT WE DO EVERYDAY.