The world is moving forward. Every year we find more ways to communicate to each other. When it comes to church, communication is key. That’s why Perimeter Church of Georgia recently ditched the use of projectors in their main auditorium (which seats around 2300), and is moving on to LED screens from a company called NanoLumens.
Perimeter church, a megachurch with around 5,000 members, is very focused on discipleship, especially in small groups of about five or less (which they call Life to Life). Their mission is to make mature and equipped followers of Christ, deployed for the sake of community, family, and global transformation. In the past they have been successful in their journey, and that isn’t going to stop any time soon.
In the past, Perimeter church always used projectors on the left and right side of their main stage, and a creative backdrop directly behind the podium. This setup was effective enough, but it had some major flaws. One that could not be overlooked was that, if the curtains of the giant windows in the sanctuary were opened, the light from the projector would have to compete with the light from the sun. Obviously, the sun always wins. That wasn’t the only factor that made Perimeter church decide to switch. Head Pastor Randy Pope did some research on his own, and discovered that a center screen would aid in comprehension, keeping people connected and engaged. A center screen would have introduced many difficulties with a projector system, so an LED display was almost ideal.
NanoLumens was not a very difficult choice to make. The company’s headquarters stands a mere 15 minutes away from Perimeter Church, which is located in Georgia. Steve Simmons, Director of Technical Ministry at the church, noted a few other reasons for choosing NanoLumens. Apart from proximity, NanoLumens are innovators in their field, and they were very open to the church being involved in every step of the design process. Because of it, they were able to create a team, come up with creative solutions to the problems that arose, and ultimately be more productive. “There were lots of factors that went into why NanoLumens was the right decision for us,” Simmons concluded.
There weren’t even that many troubleshoots. Besides some power supplies dying, and some pixels going out, everything went very smoothly. For now, the church keeps the LED screens on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in order to avoid any potential problems during services or large events. The minor setbacks they’ve encountered pale in comparison to the positive impact that the display has brought to the church.
Perimeter Church has benefited tremendously from the upgrade. Besides the obvious fact that they can now open the curtains to their floor to ceiling windows, allowing natural light in, the color quality is much better. “Projection just cannot match LED in terms of dynamic range, in terms of even the color reproduction… it was really astonishing what was already there that the LED… unmasked,” Simmons stated.
The center screen was huge. Both in size and impact. The 40 ft. by 22 ft. floor-to-ceiling NanoSlim screen really adds to the stage, and lets the setup crew rely less on physical sets. Previously, there had been no center screen of any type, and they would change the set quarterly. With the NanoLumens display, it is now possible to design a smaller set to compliment the design on the screen. This really makes things easier, and offers stunning results.
Overall, Perimeter Church had a great experience working alongside NanoLumens. Simmons said that he would recommend NanoLumens to other churches, especially churches that are looking for a partnership that allows them to collaborate on the project.
While the church is dedicated to discipleship, it is virtually impossible to reach this noble goal without effective communication. “Being able to communicate more effectively, being able to communicate in different ways that we might not have been able to before,” technology aids in discipleship. While auditorium graphics certainly don’t accomplish it on their own, they are definitely an important piece in the big picture. So Perimeter Church joins the ranks of churches that are using media for the glory of God, and the advancement of His kingdom.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Josiah is a web designer and entertainment enthusiast. He enjoys researching Christian entertainment specifically, and he writes on his blog (JJyay Web Tools). Though his obsession is creating original material, he also finds time to enjoy the company of his family.
Information and quotes are taken from an interview with Steve Simmons of Perimeter Church.