Bob Kauflin recently explained why his WorshipGod conferences intentionally leave the lights up. Many churches debate whether low lighting sets a better mood or mimics entertainment too much.
Here’s how experts weighed in. Answers are arranged on a spectrum from “yes” answers at the top to “no” answers at the bottom.
“The ability to ‘turn down’ the lights probably best encapsulates the lighting levels for Christian worship for centuries, when the ‘brightness’ of modern lights was not a possibility. Lights that are too bright can make it difficult to experience a gathered sense of corporate worship.”
~Bruce Benedict, chaplain of worship, Hope College
“A song’s energy and tempo will rise and fall, so why shouldn’t your lighting? I’m not suggesting strobing your houselights. But your lighting needs to reflect what’s happening from the stage. During slower, introspective songs, the lighting can be lowered to create an intimate atmosphere.”
~Camron Ware, founder, Visual Worshiper
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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Compiled by Ruth Moon