Tech Tuesday: Increase Whole-Church Participation with Visual Amens

Church services aren’t meant to be one-way conversations. They are dynamic conversations between God, the people leading the service, and the rest of the congregation.
That’s why Proclaim built a feature to increase whole-church participation: visual amens.  

Visual Amens

Visual Amens are like live ‘likes’ during a church service that appear on screen as “Amen!” “Hallelujah!” “Praise the Lord!” or a floating heart. 

This feature is a fun way to help the congregation be more involved in the service and to encourage one another:

  • Hit “Amen!” when the pastor delivers a powerful truth from God’s Word.
  • Hit “Hallelujah!” when a worship song really moves you.
  • Hit “Praise the Lord!” when a great promise from Scripture is proclaimed.
  • And if the children’s choir sings on stage, let the floating hearts fly.

Your church’s creativity is the limit. (Though, the person running Proclaim can turn the feature on and off.)

How to get your church to interact

1. Enable the feature
Go to Settings > Quick Screens and select “Allow congregation to initiate,” like in the example below, to allow people in your service to send up affirmations on the screen. (Here’s more info about Quick Screens—and why you might want to use them more often.)
2. Invite people to your church’s Faithlife group 
This feature is available to anyone in your church’s Faithlife group, which is a convenient platform for church communication. Invite people to the group so they can use this feature, as well as stay up to date with the goings-on of your church. (In your invite, you should encourage people to download the Faithlife app—learn why below.)
3. Encourage people to use it
The feature is found in your church’s digital bulletins, which are best accessed through the free Faithlife app. With the app, congregants can send up affirmations on their mobile device during the service. They can also use the app to follow along with Scripture and your presentation, so the integration is seamless.
There you go! Have fun exploring a livelier worship service with On-Screen Affirmations.

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Written by
Matthew Boffey

Matthew Boffey (MDiv, Trinity International University) is the pastor of worship at Christ Church Bellingham. He is also editor-in-chief of Ministry Team magazine, has edited several books, and has written for several blogs and publications, including Relevant online, the Logos blog, and the Faithlife blog.

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