The stage is where the congregation directs their attention during every church service. There are some churches with large impressive stages that capture the audience’s attention from the moment they step foot in the building. However, this may not be a reality for many churches.

Of course, a small stage doesn’t mean your church service can’t be as big and impressive as any other. With a few helpful tips, you can maximize your church stage no matter the size and resources at your church. Use the following ideas to maximize your church stage.


With different lighting techniques, you can create designs, craft dramatic effects and even change the mood of the entire room. Try setting stage lights in the corners and along the back barriers of your stage, shining upward along the wall, to make it seem more spacious.


Give your stage depth with creative backdrops. Avoid flat colored backgrounds and go for ones that have some depth and visual interest. Expertly placed, colored backgrounds can create visual interest and even open up the space.

PVC piping

A great visual effect prop that won’t cost you much is PVC pipe, which comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. You can use these pipes to create many different shapes and designs, and you can get your members to help as part of an event or craft project. For a neat effect, place white pipes horizontally a few inches apart from each other on a wall and then project images on to the surface.

Window screens

A window screen is cheap, and it lends itself to a number of cool designs. You can crinkle it up, paint it, warp it, and rip it—whatever you need. (It’s best to wear protective gloves when handling window screens as they can cut your skin if you aren’t careful.)

Corrugated plastic (coroplast)

Coroplast is a heavy-duty tool to use because it’s durable, lightweight, and it retains shapes. It mainly available in opaque white, but it can also be found in transparent assortments. This can provide many opportunities to create color through lighting.

Wood pallets

You can create a beautiful set using wood pallets by cutting them into cool designs and painting them various colors. You can also use typography, apply lights to the surface (in front or behind), or go for the natural look. (Use protective gloves to avoid splinters!)

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