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 there’s often a blank wall in the church that doesn’t display much during service. It also means that hymn lyrics and other information are displayed on 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 they are exactly, let’s go into more 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 created for a certain hymn or specific purpose. That way, the colors will have been chosen to accentuate the message 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 many 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 meant to cause deep reflection in those in attendance. It would serve as a more somber color palette to reflect the nature of the reading in question. This is why color theory and style are important to choosing 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 tricky to get right. A worship background with too much motion 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 insufficient 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. 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 worship presentation 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 not hinder the message. The text should be displayed in large so that all can see it. Also, the font should be clear and easy to read, not overly fancy or obscured in any way. It should be emboldened if possible, 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. Your message can get lost if your attendees can’t read the text in the background.

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 background theme such as the sea for a sermon about Jesus calling His disciples to be fishers of men. Some popular images 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 keep with the hymn, song, or 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 things to look out for when choosing worship backgrounds, you must consider how they fit in with your church. Every church has its congregation, as well as its style and its 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. Overly vibrant yellow backgrounds might put them off, or they 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 is to ask your congregation for their feedback on the worship backgrounds you use. This way, you can try different backgrounds and find out what works best in your church. Think about how this works in terms of space, too. Ensure your worship backgrounds can be seen from every corner of your church so 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 using these worship backgrounds in your church. A good way to implement them is by creating a PowerPoint presentation of a sermon. You can integrate specific hymns and worship songs with specific background choices. Changing a PowerPoint background on either PC or Mac is very simple, and you can set the same still or move images 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 that the worship background works and 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 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 emphasize your congregation’s togetherness 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 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 to symbolize 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 your church’s overall image and brand in the eyes of 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 build a deeper connection with your church as its entity and, in turn, strengthens their bond. 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 and 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 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.

Examples of Commonly Used Worship Background Categories

Worship backgrounds at most churches have a seasonal rotation, so the good news is that the backgrounds you need regularly are the same type of backgrounds that other churches are using as well. Here are some of the most common categories of backgrounds that churches need.

Worship Backgrounds HD

HD or high definition is a screen resolution typically defined as 1920 by 1080 or greater. However, as time and technology move forward, so do the capabilities of our screens and projectors. Many churches use 4k as the new standard for achieving a crystal clear image. So, if you are asked to find or create an HD worship background, do your best to get the highest resolution possible.

Common HD Worship Backgrounds

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Christmas worship backgrounds

Celebrating Christmas every year is considered the most important event for all followers of Christ. Through the years, the world has tried to overshadow the true essence of our celebration by introducing other reasons for the season. But using the Christmas Worship backgrounds available for you on this website, we can remind our church members and the people around us about Christ—the true reason for this celebration.  Here, you have various pictures to choose from. Depending on your service’s sermon, you can choose brighter hues with warm colors or calming ones with bluer colors.

Common Christmas Worship Backgrounds

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Easter worship backgrounds

Christ Resurrection Day or Easter Sunday is celebrated yearly to remind Christians of Jesus’s victory over death. The site offers you worship backgrounds that emphasize Jesus’ resurrection power. Most pictures contain images of the Cross, the famous symbol for Christ’s death and resurrection. We have lots of pictures portraying the mood of celebration, hope, and victory. This will promote a worshipful and thankful atmosphere for you and your church.

Common Easter Worship Backgrounds

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Free still worship backgrounds

This website is perfect if your church is interested in Motionless backgrounds with High-definition images. The site offers a wide range of still worship backgrounds designed to bring life and color to your worship service. Motionless backgrounds are ideal for visual presentations where you would like to focus on the text you want to present. The simplicity of motionless backgrounds brings a peaceful atmosphere to your weekly services.

Examples of common still-worship backgrounds

PowerPoint worship backgrounds

The website also provides pictures that are ideal for PowerPoint presentations. These can be used not only for worship services but also for preachings and sermons. Depending on your preaching’s topic, you can choose pictures to help you express the message you want to deliver to the congregation. This will allow the audience to have more engagement and understanding simultaneously because having pictures will help your presentation stay interesting until the end of the sermon.

Examples of common PowerPoint worship backgrounds

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Modern worship backgrounds

Traditional backgrounds are outmoded in this day and age. If your church wants a youthful and up-to-date background, we recommend this sleek and crisp design. These designs are usually dark-colored, partnered with strips and shapes of lighter colors to bring forth an energetic vibe that creates an illusion of movement. These are ideal for lively church themes and youth services because they will help you build the worship atmosphere you want to achieve.  The site offers a wide variety of modern backgrounds of different shapes and colors for you to choose from. So you will not have to worry about changing your background as often as you want.

Common examples of modern worship backgrounds

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Motion Worship Backgrounds

Active worship backgrounds have become a trend in worship services. These backgrounds are smooth-looped videos with readable text. These are good for opening videos, monthly theme introductions, worship services, and even in church social media accounts. Creating a perfect loop motion video can be taxing, especially during months of overlapping church events. Also, we would not want to recycle church backgrounds in every worship service because that would make it uninteresting. Thus, we recommend this site to avoid such difficulties, where you can edit and personalize your church motion graphics easily and efficiently. 

Common examples of motion worship backgrounds

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

Now that you know what to look for with worship backgrounds and 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 the 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 for 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, leave a comment below!