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Making Worship Services Sound Good Goal of Workshop

Sounds Good! II for those involved in worship technology such as sound, visuals and lighting in their congregation  

The Bible says that God calls pastors, teachers, apostles and evangelists. But what about sound technicians, or those who work on visuals or lighting?

These days, with almost every church dependent on technology for worship services, it’s a new and necessary calling.

And yet most people who operate a sound board or do the visuals at churches are volunteers who get little in the way of training or assistance. Where can they go to improve their skills?

SoundsGood_One place is Sounds Good! II, a workshop for those who work with worship technology such as sound, visuals, and lighting.

The workshop, which takes place October 3, 2015 at Eastview Community Church, 3500 DeVries in northeast Winnipeg, is for those important people nobody notices unless something goes wrong, says workshop organizer Christine Longhurst.

“These days, most of us couldn’t imagine a church service without technology,” she says.

But unlike pastors, worship leaders and musicians who can choose from many training opportunities, “it’s more difficult to find resources for those who work with technology,” she says. “Sounds Good! II is an attempt to help fill that gap.”

During the workshop, which runs from 9:15 AM to 3:30 PM, participants will have a chance to learn from people with skills in the areas of sound, lighting and visuals, and have a chance to interact with others involved in worship technology.

“The workshops will allow lots of room for discussion and collaboration,” says Longhurst, adding that “there will be something for everyone—from those just starting out to those who have been working in worship technology for a long time.”

The event is being organized by re:Worship, and is sponsored by Canadian Mennonite University, Mennonite Brethren Churches of Manitoba, Sound Art, CHVN/Golden West, Boge-Boge, CommonWord, and Eastview Community Church.

Sounds Good! II is a follow-up to Sounds Good! I, held last March at Fort Garry MB Church. Attended by over 70 church sound techs, the response was overwhelmingly positive, Longhurst says.

“Sounds Good! II will be larger and more comprehensive, with multiple workshop streams for both novice and experienced technicians.”

Cost for the workshop is $50 per person, or $40 per person for three or more people from the same congregation. Students are $15 and there is a $200 cap per congregation.

For more information, visit, or email Christine Longhurst at To register, contact Cori Braun at Canadian Mennonite University: or 204-487-3300.