Does this phrase ever go through your head? And then you think, well we don’t really have the budget to spend a ton of money on new backgrounds each week, so we’ll just use the same moving clouds background we have been using for the last 5 years. Since nobody has said they don’t like it, that must mean they like it!
As the Director of Worship and Music at my church, I am in charge of making the worship slides for all the music we do each Sunday. I was recently visiting with a few colleagues of mine and their lack of knowledge about moving backgrounds stunned me, so I thought that maybe there are others out there having to sing “Say So” or “I Am Free” or “Amazing Grace” while watching clouds the whole time. I’d even say that some of the conferences I go to, don’t really intentionally think about what background they are slapping up behind the words!
Here are 3 of my biggest pet peeves about worship backgrounds:
- They don’t fit the song they are singing about
- They don’t fit the tempo of the song they are singing about
- They’re just plain boring!
Now we don’t all have time to be making our worship slides look like these, but we can do our best to enhance our worship with backgrounds that fit the song, tempo and mood.
One of my favorite places to go for worship slides is Motion Worship. I’ve been following Josiah for a few years now and he has really worked hard to get this site where it needs to be! He recently announced this video, and its a great piece of marketing!
There are tons of sites out there now, but what I have found the best are these subscription sites:
- Motion Worship – $50/yr
- Shift Worship – $125/yr (another great site with weekly updates)
- Centerline New Media – $199/yr (great site with a free weekly video…these videos aren’t always what I’m looking for compared to Shift and Motion)
- Igniter Media – $349/yr (this is a bit pricey for me, but when I think about all the videos I buy from WHM and most of them are from Igniter, this is pretty good deal!)
- Motion Loops – a great site that’s not connected to the church but has some fun/fast colored backgrounds. No yearly subscription but has a free weekly background and $45/20 backgrounds..but if you buy 2 compilations the 3rd is free.
- Church Media Design – another great site with some free backgrounds. Brad does a great job with this site with different tutorials but also a ton of media for free!
- Life Church – A great resource for all sorts of worship elements, but they have a few backgrounds out there
What sites do you use?
What do you recommend?
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