10 Best Online Resources to Purchase Audio for Churches

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Have you recently been tasked with finding or upgrading the audio for your church? Where do you start? Google? Bing? Magazines? How do you know that resource is right for your church setup and budget? Take the guess-work out of Internet research and hopefully, this list of resources for your search of audio can start you off in the right direction.

Most of us know how to conduct a simple Google search for the products that we want, but then you have the research portion. Searching through websites and pages for the right option can be a daunting task for most. With this curated list of resources that provide audio for churches, we have taken the research piece and minimalized the amount of work you have to perform. Let’s face it, at some point, the Internet search results have too much information to filter through and we don’t really have all that time.

Here is our list of the best places to purchase audio for churches

All Pro Sound

All Pro Sound - Resource: audio for churches

All Pro Sound is much more than simply an online and catalog retail company. In addition to product sales, they provide consultation, design, and installation of professional audio, video, and lighting equipment. For over 30 years, we have helped countless churches, schools, and government agencies stay on budget while creating integrated systems that enhance visual and auditory communication.

This is a great source to purchase audio for churches because they offer a wide array of services pertaining to the products that they sell. Based out of Florida, All Pro Sound has done work for a number of different venues all over the United States.


Church Sound Store

Church Sound Store - Resource: audio for churches

The Church Sound Store was designed to provide Houses of Worship a secure place to browse and shop for professional audio, video and lighting equipment for self-installation and integration.

This is crucial for some congregations. Audio for churches can get expensive depending on what the needs are, but this site has provided a way to cater to our specific group of people. No matter what the needs are for your church, the Church Sound Store will do their best to meet those needs.


Kingdom

Kingdom.com - Resource: audio for churches

Kingdom specializes in the highest quality blank media and audio and video supplies for churches, businesses, schools, and more. Kingdom provides only first quality products from top-level manufacturers, as well as their Kingdom Exclusive™ Equipment. These exclusive products are developed whenever current technology does not address the unique needs our customers. This provides a unique feature to their product offering. They truly listen to their market and try to provide audio for churches that’s beneficial.

Kingdom has a heart for churches and ministries and product knowledge that has allowed them to partner with hundreds of schools and organizations!


Pro Acoustics

Pro Acoustic USA - Resource: audio for churches

From musicians to sound engineers and system designers Pro Acoustic team members do their best to keep up with the constantly expanding library of knowledge in sound & sound equipment so that they can always be here to use that knowledge for your benefit. Pro Acoustic focuses on providing solutions that incorporate the industry standard products. They strive to provide customers with practical, long-lasting, cost-effective audio solutions.

When you’re talking about audio for churches, the Pro Acoustic team strives to bring quality and efficiency to your sound solutions.


ProAudio

Professional Audio - Resource: audio for churches

ProAudio.com is a Fort Worth, Texas-based distributor, and systems integrator for more than 400 professional audio, video, lighting and broadcast equipment lines. They are the supplier of choice for businesses large and small, individuals, churches, schools, and contractors, in all 50 U.S. states and internationally.

For all of your audio needs, ProAudio has everything from microphones to mixers, stage furnishings to acoustic treatments, cables, and switches, you name they have it.


ProSoundWeb

ProSoundWeb - Resource: audio for churches

ProSoundWeb is the world’s largest web community for all aspects of the professional audio industry, including live sound, installed sound, recorded sound, and industry business trends. Our pro audio community has grown to more than 100,000 monthly unique visitors who view millions of pages each month.

Containing more than products, ProSoundWeb also has a sister publication, Live Sound International, that has been recognized as the world leader in covering live and installed sound technology, trends, people and business issues.


B&H Photo, Video, and Audio

B & H Photo and Video - Resource: audio for churches

Professionals in the world of imaging and audio rely on the professionals in the world of B&H for their equipment needs. B&H SuperStore pays tribute to the wealth of creative possibilities in the media industries by making available the wonders of technology in our complete lines of photo, video, audio, lighting, pro accessories, computers, data storage, optics, entertainment, projection, and surveillance devices.

Stepping out of the realm of audio resources for churches, there are many companies in the secular world that provide excellent audio and video solutions as well. The only difference is that they do not necessarily market heavily in the religious realms. You may recognize some of these companies.


Full Compass

FullCompass - Resource: audio for churches

For nearly 40 years, Full Compass’ success has been built on offering great prices and product selection backed by superior customer service. With a number of product offerings, Full Compass is a great resource to look into for your audio needs.


Guitar Center

Guitar Center - Resource: audio for churches

Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ, and lighting equipment, with more than 260 stores across the U.S. 2014 marked the milestone 50th anniversary of the Guitar Center Brand as they continue to help people make music from coast to coast.

Guitar Center is a well-known brand in the music world for their guitars and musical instruments. But we often forget that they are a great resource for the other side of the microphone as well. They have a healthy selection of speakers, subwoofers amplifiers, monitors, mixers, microphones, and cables that can be used for your church audio solution. Customers can review and rate all products so you can be sure you are getting a product that has been peer-approved.


Renkus-Heinz

Renkus-Heinz - Resource: audio for churches

For more than three decades, Renkus-Heinz has proudly stood at the forefront of audio technology. Their commitment to innovation has earned multiple patents and numerous awards. Their commitment to great sound has earned them a place in venues large and small across the globe. And their unwavering commitment to customers has earned them a position as a respected leader in professional audio.

A major player in the audio industry, Renkus-Heinz is continually raising the bar and creating new audio solutions.

Again, there are many sites that sell audio for churches. Finding the right company at the right price that carries what you are looking for can be tough at times. Like this list? Please share it. If you are not on the list and feel you should be, comment below and we will check it out.


More Resources…

Once your products have been purchased and they are on the shipping trucks, what do you do next? We all know that merely having the top of the line audio equipment will not be of any use unless they are operated properly. Sharefaith has recently published The Ultimate Guide to Doing Church Sound for Worship part 1, an amazing resource that breaks down the basics to operating the church sound for worship.

Church Audio Video

Church Audio and Video - Resource: audio for churches

Church Audio Video specializes in the design, installation, and support of high-quality and affordable custom audio, video, lighting, broadcast and control systems for worship facilities.


Church Production

ChurchProduction - Resource: audio for churches

Church Production Magazine is the leading educational magazine for houses of worship covering audio, video, and lighting technologies. Church Production provides stories and reviews on audio, video, and lighting products. If you are one looking to dig deep into research of specific models and products, this is a great site that provides all of that information.


Behind the Mixer

Behind the Mixer: Blog - Resource: audio for churches

Behind the Mixer is a resource blog that focuses on the technical aspects such as microphone properties and how to mix vocals. This site is unlike Church Production in the sense that the focus is on the artistry of sound and how that works together as opposed to new gear announcements. If you are looking for help on the finer points of church sound, this is the resource for you.


Church Sound Boot Camp

Church Sound BootCamp - Resource: audio for churches

Church sound training is what the Church Sound Boot Camp is all about. Thousands of church sound team volunteers, technical staff, worship pastors, and musicians have learned how to get the best possible results using the gear they have to work with. They offer workshops in the basics of sound for churches and then build on that to explore more advanced techniques. These workshops are offered in 3 locations throughout the US in 2016, but they do offer digital versions that you can purchase through their website and train your team without flying to one of the 3 locations.

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Saul Makes A Big Mistake (1 Samuel 13) Preschool Bible Lesson

Saul Makes A Big Mistake (1 Samuel 13) Preschool Bible Lesson

Israel was so happy to have Saul as their king and Saul reigned for 42 years without any trouble. But then things started to go wrong. Part of the Israelite army attached the Philistines. The Philistines were not people that you wanted to mess with-they were tough. The Philistines decided that they had enough trouble from the Israelites and sent an army to attach. Saul knew that he should wait on Samuel to come and help them but he was afraid so he offered up his own sacrifice. As a result Saul lost their favor with the Lord. Today we will learn not to worry even in scary situations.

Lesson Title:  Saul Makes a Big Mistake

Bible Reference: 1 Samuel 13:1-14

Target Age Group: Preschool

Learning Context: Children’s Church

Target Time Frame: 1 ½ hour

Learning Aim:  God says not to worry.

Materials Needed:

  1. Paper
  2. Trash Can or Bucket
  3. Tan or Brown Paint
  4. Yellow or Gold Paint
  5. Markers
  6. Glitter or Sequins
  7. Optional Samuel coloring pages

You say the Italicized words.  Non-italicized words are directions.

Lesson Opener

Sit at the table and ask each child to say something that worries them. For some students it might be easier to say what scares them.

Say, Today we are going to hear about what happened when Saul got worried. It is always better to trust God and not worry.

Bible Story

Open your Bible to 1 Samuel 13:1-14.

Use the prompt below to have the kids act out the story as you tell it.

Say, For many years Israel was ruled by judges but then the Israelites decided that they wanted a king. God gave them Saul as their king even though He knew that a king would be bad for them.

For 42 years Saul was king and nothing happened. But then something scary did happen! Saul had many soldiers and some of his soldiers attacked the Philistines. The Philistines lived next to the Israelites.

Have everyone march around the room like an army.

This made the Philistines angry. They decided that they were going to attack the Israelites. The Israelites had to run and hide.

Have everyone hide somewhere in the room.

 Samuel the priest told Saul to wait for him to come and help. Samuel knew that the Israelites had to put their trust in God if they were going to make it. But Samuel was late coming to see Saul and Saul got very worried.

Saul made a burnt offering even though he was supposed to wait for Samuel. Whenever Samuel finally got there he knew that Saul had made a big mistake. Now, God would take the kingdom away from Saul and make someone else king.

Have the kids act sad.

Saul learned that he should not worry. It is always better to trust God. God doesn’t want you to worry either. Whenever you feel worried just trust God. He will take care of you!

Throw Your Worries Away

Ask each kid to share one thing that worries them. Write this on a piece of paper. Then wad it up and toss it in the trash. To make things a little more fun let the class take turns throwing their worries into a bucket from a distance.

Say, Saul was so worried that he forgot God would always protect him. Whenever you are worried you can throw your worries away and trust God.  

King Saul Pictures

Paint each child’s palm tan and their fingers yellow or gold. Make a handprint on paper. Their palm will be the king’s face and the fingers will be his crown. Once the paint is dry add a little glitter or sequins to the crown for decoration and draw a face on King Saul.

Say, When the Israelites went looking for a king, God gave them Saul. God knew that Saul would eventually fail but He made Saul king anyway.  

Following Directions Game

Draw 4 arrows on pieces of construction paper. One pointing up, one pointing down, one pointing left, and one pointing right. The kids will have to move in specific ways corresponding to the arrow that you show. Here are the motions:

Up Arrow: Jump

Down Arrow: Touch the floor

Right Arrow: Spin to the right once

Left Arrow: Spin to the left once

Show the arrows one at a time. Instruct the class to follow the instructions as you play. Mix them up and show them faster and slower to make it more fun. If a child does not follow the instruction arrows they must sit down. Play until you have a winner.

Say, Saul was given a list of instructions to follow. Even though Israel was in danger he was supposed to wait for Samuel to come and make an offering to the Lord. But Saul got worried and took things into his own hands. He didn’t follow his instructions and God decided that it was time for someone else to be King. We should not worry and always follow God’s instructions.      

God Say’s Do Not Worry

Have the class say the main point, ‘God Say’s Do Not Worry’ in a whisper voice, loud voice, spooky voice, low pitch voice, king’s voice, etc.

Say, No matter what you can trust God. Do not worry because He will take care of you.  

Closing the Lesson

Remind each child of the worry that they threw away earlier in the lesson. Tell them that whenever they are worried or scared that they should pray and ask God to show them what to do. Close the lesson in prayer.

For more lesson ideas don’t miss our series of Sunday School lessons on the Kings of Israel.

Saul Becomes King (1 Samuel 8) Preschool Bible Lesson

Saul Becomes King (1 Samuel 8) Preschool Bible Lesson

For many years the Israelites were governed by priests and judges before they decided that they wanted to have a king. Other countries had kings and they wanted one as well. God used Samuel to warn the people that it would not be good for them to have a king but they would not listen. Saul became their king but the Israelites soon learned that it would have been better to do things God’s way

Lesson Title:  Saul Becomes King

Bible Reference: 1 Samuel 8:1-22; 9:1-2; 10:17-24

Target Age Group: Preschool

Learning Context: Children’s Church

Target Time Frame: 1 ½ hour

Gospel Connection: .

Learning Aim:  God’s Way is Best.

Materials Needed:

  1. Paper plates
  2. Paint Sticks
  3. Crayons/markers
  4. Masking Tape
  5. Tape Measure
  6. Toy Crown
  7. Toy Cars

“Saul Becomes King” Bible Story

Open your Bible to 1 Samuel 8:1-22; 9:1-2; 10:17-24.

Say, A long time ago God’s people, the Israelites, decided that they needed a king. God spoke to a priest named Samuel and told him to warn Israel because a king would be bad for them. He said that if they had a king he would make the people work hard and take what belonged to them.

The Israelites looked around and saw that all the other countries had kings and again they said that they wanted a king. God decided to give them what they wanted even though he knew that it was a bad idea.

God showed Samuel the man that He picked to be Israel’s king. His name was Saul. He was a full head taller than everyone else and was very good looking so everyone noticed him.

At first everyone was so happy to have a king like Saul, but eventually Saul became a bad king. The Israelites learned that God’s way was best.

God’s Way Sign

Give each child a paper plate with the words ‘God’s Way is Best’ written on it. Let them decorate their new sign with crayons, markers, glitter, stickers, etc. Glue or tape a paint stick to the back of it so that they have a sign.

Say, The Israelites got a little lost then decided that their way was better than God’s way. They wanted a king so God gave them a king but in the end it would have been better for them to listen to God.

Saul is Tall

Have the kids stand up against the wall and measure how tall they are. Mark their height with a piece of masking tape and write their name on it. Then, place a piece of tape on the wall for Saul that is about 1 head taller than the tallest student. Use a measuring tape to find out how many inches tall each child is and let them know.

Say, Saul was much taller than everyone else. The Israelites wanted him to be king because he stood out. But whenever God looks at a person He looks at how they act on the inside. God cares about how we treat others, not how we look.     

Find the King

Have the class sit with their eyes closed. Hide a toy crown somewhere in the room. Then let them search for it. Play as long as they are interested in the game.

Say, When the Israelites went looking for a king, God gave them Saul.  

Going the Right Way

Use tape to make roads on the floor. You could also use blocks to make the roads and a few buildings. Give each child a toy car and let them play.

Say, Whenever you are driving your car make sure you go the right way. The Israelites learned an important lesson in our story today: that God’s way is the best.

Closing the Lesson

Ask the following review questions.

  1. Who was the priest in the Temple? Samuel
  2. What did the people want? A king
  3. Why did they want a king? Because they wanted to be like the other nations who had kings.
  4. Who did God pick to be their king? Saul
  5. Whose way is the best way? God’s way is the best.

Let the kids give their answers. Close in prayer, asking God to always help them choose His way for their lives.

For more lesson ideas don’t miss our series of Sunday School lessons on the Kings of Israel.