Are you spending more than five minutes a week setting up PowerPoint for Worship?
PowerPoint is very popular among churches; in a recent survey 91% of churches use PowerPoint, with 56% using PowerPoint for Worship. With this many churches using PowerPoint for Worship it’s surprising how few are using it efficiently.
Setting up PowerPoint for Worship in under 5 Minutes!
I know of churches spending 5 hours a week setting up their Sunday worship service, and have sat in the congregation and painfully watched as they page through slides looking for verses. It seems we’ve traded the distractions of overheads for a frantic hunt for the correct slide. It doesn’t need to be this way; I’ll show you how to spend less than five minutes a week using PowerPoint for Worship, distraction free.
PowerPoint is a linear application that was designed for business presentations where you step forward through your message, much like you would if you were presenting a sermon outline. Using PowerPoint for Worship is a little more challenging as you seldom go in order, are constantly moving or jumping from verse to chorus and back, and the presentation also changes every week.
How do you anticipate what’s coming next in PowerPoint?
For most churches, the projector is installed and the first Sunday comes: they load up PowerPoint and realize they have no idea how to setup a song or move from verse to chorus. The challenge comes when PowerPoint is changed to presentation mode- the congregation and computer operator see the same screen. So how do you anticipate what will appear on the screen next when you are no longer in PowerPoint’s outline view? Some ways that are being used in Christian churches are hyperlinks or hotkeys (hidden buttons on the screen), or creating a printout of the slides. This works as long as the worship leader follows the pattern you have in your presentation (verse, chorus, verse, verse, chorus, etc.), however when the worship leader strays from the pattern you are lost. Or worse yet, they add a song not in the current schedule.
In order to use PowerPoint distraction free you need to configure the computer properly and come up with a method for using PowerPoint, a way to format, find and display songs for worship. Follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to setting up PowerPoint for a Sunday morning worship service in less than 5 minutes, distraction free.
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