One of the most common questions we get at our seminars is, “I’m ready to move past PowerPoint. Which worship presentation software should I buy?”
Sometimes it seems the questioner is seeking a one-word answer. We’re honored that people would trust us to make such a decision for them. However, this is a major purchase in the life of a media ministry. In what other significant area of ministry, or life, would a person want to be given a one-word answer? If you were going to buy a car, would you just take someone’s recommendation and go drop thousands of dollars on a website? Mmm, maybe not. If you were like us, you’d research online first, pay attention to other cars on the road, maybe buy one of those buyer’s guide magazines, and then test-drive a few models.
To save you all of that trouble, we’ve compiled a worship presentation software buyer’s guide. We’ve got all?Ãƒâ€žÃƒÂ®well, some?Ãƒâ€žÃƒÂ®of the latest makes and models listed here, with all of technical info in one spot. (These are six of what are considered to be “industry leaders.” We’ve got them listed alphabetically.)
In addition to the usual stuff such as features, system requirements, tech support, pricing and demos, we asked users of our Midnight Oil Metaphorum to give us feedback for each program. Within each program’s description are real human beings talking about their experiences. Have fun behind the wheel and don’t forget: “Once you drive it off the lot, it’s yours.”
Community of Hope in Mansfield, TX, is a big fan of EasyWorship. He says, “Our media team is totally comprised of volunteers. Tools that are ?Ãƒâ€žÃƒÂ²easy’, user friendly and work with quick training is essential to bring them on board as quickly as possible. We find Easy Worship to fit that need for those volunteers who manage our LCD presentations.”
The company website features a knowledge base, FAQ, a well-populated forum, a dusty blog, email, phone and live online support.
EasyWorship retails for $399, and is sometimes available for less, at a number of retailers, including here at Midnight Oil.
Each of the programs in the survey has fully working, 30-day demo versions available via online download. EasyWorship’s may be found at http://easyworship.com/downloads.php.