Why have worship backgrounds become so popular? Church worship has grown more digitized in recent years, with many churches adopting new technology to support their services and sermons. Today there so many different ways to engage churchgoers with technology, but perhaps none more so than the correct use of worship backgrounds.

But what are worship backgrounds?

Not only will we let you know what worship backgrounds and motion graphics for churches are, but we’re also providing this comprehensive guide to let you know what they are best used for, and what to look out for when selecting them.

We’ll also provide some specific examples of when worship backgrounds can be implemented in your church services, helping your digital sermons, as well as those held in person, to be more engaging for everyone involved.

What Exactly Are Worship Backgrounds?

So, first things first, you need to know what a worship background is. Most churches today use church projectors in their services.

That means that there’s often a blank wall in the church that isn’t displaying much during service. Not only that, but it means that hymn lyrics and other information are displayed onto a blank wall.

This isn’t the best way of presenting this information to churchgoers, which is where worship backgrounds come in.

Worship backgrounds have been specifically designed to aid church services, serving as a backdrop for certain songs, sermons, and other forms of worship. They can be still images or animations, and when done properly can thoroughly enhance whatever sermon they are used for.

Now that you know what exactly they are, let’s go into some greater detail on what to look out for with a quality worship background.

What to Look Out For: Color and Style

A worship background should always bring some color to worship. But these colors differ depending on the background itself.

It’s good to look out for worship backgrounds that have been created for a certain hymn or specific purpose. That way, the colors will have been chosen to accentuate the message being portrayed to those in attendance.

For example, if the background will be used for a hymn or song of great jubilation like Who You Say I Am, then it will likely use a lot of warm, vibrant colors to reflect the joy and gratitude of praise.

But this same background would look out of place during a reading from Proverbs that is meant to cause deep reflection in those in attendance. It would serve a more somber color palette, made to reflect the nature of the reading in question.

This is why color theory and style is so important to choose the right worship background. A church should ideally have a whole host of different backgrounds to choose from. This way, they can use the right background for the right sermon for the existing congregation and welcome new worshippers.

What to Look Out For: Motion

Motion is another important characteristic of worship backgrounds, but it can be a tricky one to get right.

If a worship background has too much motion, it can distract from the message being portrayed. This is the last thing that you want. A good background should work exactly where it has been placed – the background.

It should accentuate the message, not detract from it.

But then in the opposite sense, a background with not enough movement can make your service seem a bit flat, rather than full of life. This is another situation where it is dependent on the sermon in question.

For jubilation, use a lot of motion to encourage your churchgoers to participate and worship together as one. In more pensive readings, look to a very slight motion in your backgrounds, to show some movement but slow and calculated.

If the background is in keeping with a hymn, think about finding a worship background that matches the exact tempo of the hymn itself. This creates cohesion in the presentation of worship and encourages your attendees to sing along.

What to Look Out For: Readability

Finally, you need to assess the overall readability of your message when putting it against a certain worship background.

As we mentioned before, the background should in no way hinder the message. The text should be displayed large so that all can see it. Not only that, but the font should be clear and easy to read, not overly fancy or obscured in any way.

It should be emboldened if possible also, and the color of the text shouldn’t in any way clash with the color of the background itself.

This is the easiest thing to notice when choosing a worship background but is also the most important thing to get right. If your attendees can’t read the text against the background, your message can get lost.

What Makes a Good Worship Background?

A good worship background, therefore, meets all these key criteria. It should complement, not overshadow, the song or hymn that is being sung behind it or the sermon being delivered.

It shouldn’t be overly-reliant on distinctive images. Sometimes a visual of a worshipping crowd can be used to encourage participation. Or, a general theme of the background such as the sea for a sermon about Jesus calling His disciples to be fishers of men.

Some popular images also include hillsides, candles, and examples of crosses or other Christian symbols.

But for the most part, a worship background doesn’t have an explicit image that it is conveying.

This is because, again, the importance is on the text and the message rather than the background itself. Any images should be in keeping with the hymn, song, or the message portrayed. A popular approach is to use shapes, as they aren’t distracting images and serve only to accentuate the text itself.

The color and style should fit these guidelines and the text needs to be readable. The background should help bring your worship to life.

Worship Backgrounds For Your Church

Now that you know some of the things to look out for when choosing worship backgrounds, you need to consider how it fits in with your church itself.

Every church has its own congregation, as well as its own style and its own preferred way of delivering the message. It is good to embrace these differences in style in delivering God’s timeless Word.

Because of this, it means that not all worship backgrounds will necessarily be best for your churchgoers. They might be put off by overly vibrant yellow backgrounds, or might find that a deep blue, slow-moving background isn’t in keeping with their idea of worship.

This is okay! With worship backgrounds, it’s all about finding the right choice for the worshippers gathered together.

One approach it to ask your congregation for their feedback on the worship backgrounds you use. This way, you can try different kinds of backgrounds and find out what works best in your church.

Think about how this works in terms of space too. Make sure your worship backgrounds can be seen from every corner of your church easily so that everyone feels involved.

How To Use Worship Backgrounds in Your Church

Now that you know what you’re looking for, here are some details on how to use these worship backgrounds in your church.

A good way of implementing them is by creating a PowerPoint presentation of a whole sermon. This way, you can integrate specific hymns and worship songs with specific background choices.

It’s very simple to change a PowerPoint background on either PC or Mac, and you can set the same still or moving image to certain slides. Or, you can have certain lyrics fade in and out in time with the music.

This is why you should always play back your presentation before the service if it is timed to a particular worship song or hymn. This way, you can ensure not just that the worship background works, but that the tempo and integration of the text are appropriate for your congregation and the speed of the song.

Another great way of using worship backgrounds is projecting a background before and after each service. If done properly, like combining it with a church banner, your congregation will come to recognize this background as a symbol of your church and a sign that worship is occurring.

This is a great way to involve individuals within your church community and to emphasize the togetherness of your congregation at the beginning and end of every worship service.

Using Worship Backgrounds to Designate Worship Events

Worship backgrounds are also a great way of making each service unique, as they can change for each depending on the content and the hymns and worship songs being used. They are therefore ideal for certain celebrations, such as Christmas sermons, Easter or Palm Sunday.

You can use a worship background that adopts a bright red and green color palette for Christmas, or yellow as a symbol of the hay Jesus was born in.

With worship backgrounds, it’s important to get creative. Think about how you can connect a background to a particular message.

Using Worship Backgrounds to Further the Brand of Your Church

Using worship backgrounds can be a brilliant way of furthering the overall image and brand of your church in the eyes of both your current attendees and new guests.

You could combine the color schemes used for many of your songs with the color of your church logo. This helps your congregation to build a deeper connection with your church as its own entity and in turn strengthen their bond as a congregation.

Think about using worship backgrounds as a step-by-step process. First of all, they benefit the actual sermon itself.

They work to make a hymn, worship song, or reading more engaging for your congregation. Then, think about how this can benefit them returning in the future, how you can relate worship background choices to continued involvement with your church and its community.

You’ll soon come to realize that setting out your sermons, and choosing the right worship backgrounds to support them, can become an integral part of your worship, building your church’s identity in the eyes of your congregation, bringing people closer to God by getting them excited to come and participate every week.

This is the true beauty of the right worship background. It’s an aspect of contemporary worship that not all pastors think a great deal about.

But if you do take the time to get worship backgrounds right, you’ll see from the smiles or the thought wrinkles on your attendee’s faces that backgrounds make a real difference.

Where Do I Find Worship Backgrounds to Use in My Church?

Now that you know what to look for with worship backgrounds, as well as some ways in which they can be implemented, you’re likely wondering where to find them. Many worship backgrounds can be found online or created using software.

We recommend using ChurchEdge.

You can also check out our free sermon series graphics. This series includes professional sermon graphics combined with specifically chosen worship backgrounds to be used in your service and on your website and social media channels.

Download our graphics to start using them today, or if you have any questions or thoughts about worship backgrounds make sure to leave a comment below!