Flat Screen Monitors For Churches – Buyers Guide And Reviews

Recently we had a unique situation that led me to research flat screen monitors for churches. Our sanctuary is getting old and our attendance dropped prior to my arrival due to unfortunate circumstances. 

After a couple of years it became apparent that the condition of our sanctuary and the size when compared to our average attendance was a detriment to our worship experience.

We started to embark on an ambitious plan to remodel our sanctuary and to downsize everything. We decided to move into our multi-purpose room for worship services. This meant we were in the market for a ​flat screen monitor for our church.

So once again, it was left to me to figure out what was the best deal and what would work nicely for worship projection in our multi-purpose room.

Your situation might be different. This might be your first time considering projecting worship lyrics in your services. Or you might be faced with an antiquated projection system and you are deciding what is best. Should you buy a projector and a screen or should you buy a flat screen monitor. Or you may be looking to stream your services in the nursery or overflow room.

What ever your situation, I hope that my experience and work can be a blessing to you and make the choice easier than it was for me. So here are your choices. I hope they help.

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Why Use A Flat Screen Monitor Over A Video Projector And Screen?

Every church's needs are different. However I have found that the picture quality and readability is better using a flat screen monitor over a video projector.

With a video projector, ambient light is much more of a problem and you have to use a projector with high lumen output. This raises the cost of projectors.

You also just have the aesthetics of ​projector screens. In all honesty they are ugly. Flat screens are much nicer and look much more modern. I believe that video projectors and screens are going the way of the overhead projector where we flipped transparencies to change song lyrics.

​Things To Consider When Buying Flat Screen Monitors For Churches

Size

Size is the number one thing you need to consider. Most professionals recommend that you us a ratio between 1/6 - 1/10. That means that you need 1 foot (12") of monitor height for every 6-10 feet.

However they are basing this on readability of your lyrics on the screen at normal font size. If you increase your font and only use 4 lines per slide, you can lower this ratio to 1/20. We have a 50" monitor in a room that is 40' deep​. It's height is only 26". That is about a ratio of 1/18

There is one caveat to this. If you are going to play a lot of videos then they will be harder to see in the back. You can't resize them.

Clarity​

Anymore you probably will not have much of a problem with clarity as long as you make sure your monitor is HD. You will notice that your monitor is much clearer than a projector and because of that it will be easier to read.​

Inputs

Most modern flat screens and TV's have a variety of inputs. The ones you want to pay attention to is whether or not it has HDMI inputs and whether it has Bluetooth connectivity so you can connect wirelessly. ​

Having Bluetooth is not a requirement but it makes things easier. Many of today's computers are also Bluetooth enabled. This allows you to cut the cable and just connect to your monitor.​

Budget

Although flat screen monitors are not the cheapest, they don't have to be budget busters either. Our church ended up paying under $500.00 for ours.

Remember, to base your purchase on what your church needs. Don't out cheap yourself but at the same time don't think you have to have every bell and whistle. Functionality is much more important than features.

​Flat Screens Under $1,000.00

Samsung Electronics UN50MU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Resolution3840 x 2160
Display TypeLED
Display Format4k Ultra High Definition
HDMI Port(s)3
Other Input(s)2 USB. Audio Return Channel Support via HDMI Port, Component In, Composite In, Digital Audio (Optical), Ethernet, RF Input, RS232C

Samsung Electronics UN50MU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

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TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

Resolution3840 x 2160
Display TypeLED
Display Format4k Ultra High Definition
HDMI Port(s)3
Other Input(s)HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out, Ethernet

TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

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Sony 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV (2016 model)

Resolution3840 x 2160
Display TypeLED
Display Format4K HDR Ultra HD
HDMI Port(s)4
Other Input(s)3 USB, Built-in Wi-Fi                                       
                                      

Sony 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV (2016 model)

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Sony 48-Inch (47.6" Measured Diagonally) 1080p Smart LED TV

Resolution1920 x 1080
Display TypeLED
Display FormatFull HD 1080p
HDMI Port(s)2
Other Input(s)2 USB, Built-in Wi-Fi                                     

Sony 48-Inch (47.6" Measured Diagonally) 1080p Smart LED TV

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VIZIO D55u-D1 55" Class Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV (Black)

Resolution3840 x 2160
Display TypeLED
Display Format4k Ultra High Definition
HDMI Port(s)5
Other Input(s)1 USB, 1 Component, 1 Composite, 1 Ethernet.

VIZIO D55u-D1 55" Class Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV (Black)

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Depending on your size of church, you may need something larger than the monitors listed above. I have found some that range between $1,000 and $2,000 dollars. These will serve the needs of rooms that seat over from 100- 250 people.

Flat Screen Church Monitors Under $2,000.00

Samsung Electronics UN65MU6300 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Resolution1920 x 1080
Display TypeLED
Display FormatFHD 1080p
HDMI Port(s)4
Other Input(s)3 USB and Wi-Fi Built In                                  

Samsung Electronics UN65MU6300 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

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Sony XBR65X850E 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Resolution3840 x 2160
Display TypeLED
Display Format4K HDR Ultra HD
HDMI Port(s)4
Other Input(s)2 - USB2.0, 1 – USB3.0,
1 – Component/Composite Hybrid, 1 – Composite Wi-Fi Enabled

Sony XBR65X850E 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

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LG Electronics 60UH6150 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Resolution3840 x 2160
Display TypeLED
Display Format4K Ultra HD
HDMI Port(s)3
Other Input(s)1 USB Port, Built In Wi-Fi                                 

LG Electronics 60UH6150 60-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)

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Once you get past 75 inches you start to get into specialty monitors. The price starts skyrocketing after that. However this list gives you a lot of choices for your flat screen monitor for your church.

A couple of things to consider as you purchase your next monitor. The way your church is laid out will make a lot of difference to what you need. If your sanctuary or meeting hall is wider than it is deep, then you might use 2 monitors. One on each side of the platform or stage where your musicians and pastor speaks.

This setup usually allows you to purchase 2 smaller monitors rather than one large one.​

If it is deeper than it is wide, then you will want to consider positioning your monitor over the platform or stage. Depending on how far it is to the back row of your sanctuary, you will need to consider how large a monitor you will need. 

Remember the ratio I shared with you earlier, is not the diagonal size of your monitor, but the actual height of it. A 50" monitor or large screen TV is about 26" high.

I hope that this article has helped you understand more about how to choose a flat screen TV or monitor for your church. It is my goal to help you be a success in what you do.

Pastor Duke Taber

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Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos CA. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.

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