While I am grateful that I don't have to answer this question very often at Covenant Life, I know that this question comes to mind more often than it is actually asked. And I also am confident that this is true for many churches around the world each Sunday.
As the tech director at Covenant Life, I own the responsibility to understand, teach about, and help the pastors navigate decisions related to volume levels of music.
And here's the challenge I am struggling through now:
Most of what I've read about volume levels in church acknowledge the many complexities of assessing loudness:
- It depends on how you measure and where.
- It depends on the sound system.
- It depends on the music mix.
- It depends on how loud the congregation sings.
- It depends, it depends, it depends...
So, step one: if you know of an article that actually tackles the complexities, would you please send that my way?
And, step two: please consider participating in an extended online discussion. My goal from this discussion is that we all come away with clearer convictions about volume in our church services, clearer direction for our ministries, and confidence to clearly communicate our conviction and direction to the people whose preferences we don't meet.
This discussion will include (God-willing):
- One 15-30 minute online chat each week. This will be a group talk event, not a presentation by any one person. I will choose the topic, but I won't be the sole or even primary contributor.
- One blog post per week per participant based on the video chat. If you don't have your own blog, I would ask you to email me a three- to four-paragraph email with your response to the discussion that I can post on undistract.
- 30-60 minutes per week of research. You may get an assignment to learn something to teach to the group, so don't expect to just ask questions, pose problems, and then walk away.
Leave a comment here or email me at dwilcox[place @ symbol here]covlife[period goes here]org if you would like to be a full participant. Lurkers will be welcome to watch the video chat and read the results, but only full participants can talk in the chat or have their thoughts posted outside of the comments on undistract.