I’m a lighting guy. I love good gear, fun new gadgets, and a dark room with a lot of haze. But, over the years, my idea of “great church lighting” has shifted. Our Worship Center on our Lake Forest Campus is bright. California sun pours in through floor to ceiling windows every week. I have learned that my job is not only to create beauty for an environment – but to add to, enhance, and be flexible with what already exists.
Each week, at Saddleback Church, we want people to come one step closer to Jesus.
We want them to hear from God and leave changed. So, when I sit down to program for our weekend services, my first question is always, “Will this add to or distract from someone’s experience?”
In another time in history, artists and designers were asked to plan and then erect buildings that would cause people to encounter Jesus. The result was towering cathedrals full of stained glass, ornate carvings, and pipe organs multiple stories high. Those architects, designers, and artists were using the tools available to them to draw people’s attention heavenward and evoke a sense of awe and wonder…Continue Reading