Class postponed

Due to unexpected circumstances, the Stage Design Blueprint class has been postponed. If you’re interested in a future session, please drop me a note and I will let you know when it is rescheduled. Thank you!

Angela

Learn how to create worship spaces that WOW and create an inspiring stage design blueprint!

Whether you’re a permanent facility, mobile church, or something in-between!

The Two Conflicting Messages

churches unintentionally send every week

 

Does your church do this?

1. Worship is a feast — but we serve fast food.

Every weekend people attend church services stare at the stage — the focal point during worship and preaching.

 

And yet many churches, especially small churches and mobile churches, have a bland and not-so inspiring worship stage.
But peoples’ experiences are highly impacted by the setting. Imagine how you feel walking into a fast food restaurant vs. stepping into a high-end restaurant. Before you even talk to a person, your experience is vastly different!

 

Week after week, many churches offer an environment equivalent to a fast food restaurant setting — when they really want their people to dine in the presence of Christ with a sumptuous, high-end spiritual feast!

2. Worship God with all you’ve got —
except your sight.

We live in a visual culture.

 

Many churches spend great time and effort into song selection and worship service planning but forget that the sense of sight can be one of the most powerful ways to help people connect with God. How many people feel closer to God through the beauty of nature?

 

Without thinking about the setting, churches are missing out on the opportunity to more deeply engage their congregation in worship during services.

It’s tough to find people who are trained in designing worship spaces that wow, without spending an arm, a leg and your first-born child. Volunteers (and even staff) might not have experience either.

 

Church stage design requires a strange blend of architecture, interior design, graphic design, and lighting design — and throw in electrician and handyman skills, too!

 

Sometimes it is hard to know where to even start or how to improve.

It doesn’t help that sometimes designs

turn into disasters

Hi, I’m Angela Yee, and the first time I designed a stage I almost burned the church down.

I had no idea what I was doing.

 

Who knew there were things like fire codes? All I wanted to do was create a inviting, beautiful worship atmosphere.

 

So I used flammable materials, and during service I smelled something burning. Smoke starting rising at the back of the stage. Good thing we didn’t have a hazer (i.e. fog machine) or I would have thought it was part of the worship ambience!

 

Fortunately we caught it before it did serious damage, but I realized I needed to learn more.

I tried to improve and looked everywhere. It was hopeless.

 

My graphic design degree was helpful. But I was now working with 3D space.

 

I tried to take theater scenic design (aka stage design) classes. I looked for lighting classes. There was nothing nearby or online. You had to live by a college that offered theater classes. And any classes I could take conflicted with my work schedule.

 

I read every book I could find. But they didn’t answer many of my questions.

 

I wanted to learn to program lights. But no one knew how so I read what I could and guessed on the rest.

 

I took interior design courses. They helped, a little. But a stage is a way different thing than a building!

 

And, unfortunately, I didn’t know anyone experienced that I could ask.

So I did the next best thing, trial and error — lots of errors.

After the dead ends, the next best choice was just to try stuff.

 

So I did.

 

I spent 20 hours creating a stage design and realized it would need hand-cutting of 180 different pieces to assemble… so we threw it out and just hung up a star.

 

I found myself paralyzed on top of a scaffold because I was terrified of heights — but I had designed an 18-foot tall set that required me to climb to the top.

 

Then there was the design where in the process of gluing 2,000 cotton balls to string I broke down in tears because the job was just too big.

 

And then I knew nothing about lighting, which was fairly evident when half of the speaker was in the dark during our services.

 

I burned out volunteers, caused the entire fire department to show up at our church, wiped out all our lighting a few days before services were to start, and more!

 

It was suffering.

And then I thought…

There must be an easier way!

What if aspiring designers, worship leaders, volunteers, and creative types could learn step-by-step how to build a stage design without having to go through all the sweat and tears that I did?

 

What if there were a way to pool the experience of others to avoid mistakes that cost time, money, and good will?

 

What if there were a way to learn online, without the student actually having to be on site?

 

What if there were a way to learn that was not boring and textbook reading, but engaging, fun, and interactive?

There wasn’t way, so I created one.

Now there’s a no-hassle, low-stress, fun and interactive way to

Learn how to design a worship stage that “wows!”

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn how to create an inspiring and engaging worship stage design and walk away with a stage design “blueprint” that you can implement at your church…

… so that you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop worship stages that WOW audiences and enhance their worship experience!

The Church Stage Design Blueprint is an easy-to-follow 6-week process for designing a stage that will enhance your worship environment.

 

Reading books and watching videos only goes so far. The best way to learn design is to practice it and get feedback.

 

But who wants to be bored in school? The Church Stage Design Blueprint is more experience than class — you’ll learn, laugh, and discover the delight of awakening your inner stage designer.

When you join the Church Stage Design Blueprint program, you’ll get access to the 4 core modules of the course, which we’ll be delivering over 6 weeks on our private membership site. I’ll be doing live teaching and you’ll receive online feedback from me and the community.

 

You’ll be surprised how quickly you learn the steps, acquiring skills that will help you in your future design projects. No design experience is needed. If you can draw a line, you can follow this process!

I provide you a step-by-step road map that requires no prior design knowledge. From the very first moment you join, you’ll be getting constant wins that will help you move forward in creating the design you imagine. And you’ll have the feedback, community, and support to keep you on track.

 

After your experience, you’ll feel confident in knowing the stage design process and practical steps about how to create designs for the future as well.

Why am I so passionate about this subject?

 

The church worship space is the one place everyone gathers weekly to worship God. When you put care and intention into creating  a space that helps people focus and experience God, people’s lives become transformed.

 

There’s no better compliment that someone can say about my stage design than “I was inspired to worship.” And I want you to have that experience too!

The Blueprint Overview

The 6-week experience that will enable you to create spaces that inspire people to worship

Module 1: Make Your Map

It’s hard to know how to go on a journey if you don’t have a map. In this module, you’ll learn the blueprint process map so that you can pace yourself and look ahead in anticipation for the next six weeks. You’ll learn what the vital beginning step for stage design is — one that many people overlook altogether — which will set you off on your journey towards creating a successful design.

Module 2: Shoot for the Stars

In this module, you’ll learn how to turn vague ideas into implementable concepts as you learn core design principles. You’ll grow in your understanding of how design principles apply to worship stages, and discover how to begin fleshing out the high-level concepts into potential designs.

Module 3: Get Down to Earth

Your stage dreams start turning into reality as you learn the skills to translate ideas to your worship stage space. You’ll learn important factors to consider in how to construct your design so that it is both beautiful and achievable. You’ll discover how to avoid a nightmare installation week by creating the plans needed to facilitate the process.

Module 4: Add Nuts and Bolts

In this module, you’ll learn how to turn vague ideas into implementable concepts as you learn core design principles. You’ll grow in your understanding of how design principles apply to worship stages, and discover how to begin fleshing out the high-level concepts into potential designs.

Who is this class for?

Worship Pastors

Pastors, directors, and leaders who oversee worship services and who want to improve the worship environment.

Tech Directors

Those who oversee tech and production and who often implement stage designs — and want to improve their craft.

Designers

Those who may have been trained in other disciplines and want to find out more about designing stages for their churches.

Creative Types

People who enjoy creative arts of many kinds, and want to step out into another creative avenue.

Pastors & Ministry Leaders

Pastors and leaders who want to raise the creative atmosphere for their programs and gatherings.

Anyone Interested

If you’re interested in the topic, this class is a fun and engaging way to learn more about design skills and how to apply them to 3D space. Plus, you’ll meet really cool people!

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

ANGELA YEE


Church Stage Designer

Angela Yee is a long-time designer in the disciplines of church stage design, graphic design, and interior design. She has designed many stages for churches varying from Saddleback Church to mobile churches.

Angela has taught many individuals and teams how to develop skills in design, leadership, and systems. She is also a published author and visual strategist. See more info at angelayee.com.

What does the future look like for you and your church?

How would people be impacted if your church’s worship space became more inviting and inspiring?

How would you feel if you could be part of helping people to experience and worship God more deeply?

Whatever your experience or situation, God can use you to impact others — and creating an inspirational worship space can be part of that!

I hope to see you at the class so that we can be on this journey together!

 

– Angela

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