TFH Worship Blog

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  • August 22, 2014
  • in TFH Sound

Why is it so Loud?

Sound volume in worship has always been and will continue to be a topic talked about in churches all over the world (hopefully). Every church and every setting determines its own philosophy dictating how and why the sound is run the way it is. At The Father's House, we constantly evaluate our systems and reasons for why we do what we do - especially mix quality and volume. One thing is for sure - it's not cut and dry.

There are many factors that affect the overall quality and consistency of weekend mixes. It's not a simple "this dB level is too much" or "this dB level isn't enough." We always evaluate through the emotion we're conveying, the production of the band, the size and characteristics of the room, the preferences of our lead pastor, and ultimately the excellence we are offering to God. A quiet level can be good for certain moments but on the other hand, if it's too quiet when we're trying to "move" people, we can lose the effectiveness of what we're going for because the sound isn't motivating. Our worship experiences are spiritual, musical, and highly technical and each of these elements affects the others.

We came across a document from Mars Hill church in Seattle that we've slightly adapted and posted on our site. It deals with the issues we've hinted at above and presents a great picture of "Why is it so Loud". We encourage you to read it, take it, adapt it as necessary (give credit to Mars Hill for sure), and make it available to your church. It is a must read for anyone who is concerned about the volume level in church, and is available here — "Why is it so Loud?"

- Joseph Zwanziger (Worship Pastor) & Robert Sullivan (Audio Production Manager)