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Setting up a presentation computer

It matters how you set up your presentation computer. Why? Because simple changes can eliminate many common distractions.

Consider black or your church’s logo for the wallpaper on the presentation computer.

Also, look at the power saving and screensaver settings. Set those times for the duration of your normal service. So, if church lasts (on average) 60 minutes, set these features to start after an hour, so if you don’t touch the computer for 15 or 20 minutes during the sermon (for example), the screensaver doesn’t start.

Another thing to consider is what type of computer to get. Presentation computers need to be pretty beefy. You don’t want a donated computer, a 10 year-old box, or something like that.

If possible, make it dedicated to presentation and remove unnecessary software from it, especially the crapware that comes preinstalled on most Windows machines.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.