As your small church expands, you may start considering upgrading your audio equipment. This is especially true if you are start building a church musical group. This upgrade usually means upgrading your PA system as well. If you are new to buying PA systems or if you aren't sure which systems may be right for your small church, here are three ways to narrow your options down.

Kit or Single Items

The first thing you need to consider is if a kit is better for your needs than buying individual pieces. There are kits available that include everything you will need, from speakers to mixers and microphones. If you already have some of these items, you may want to buy the items you are missing individually. However, if you want a full upgrade that gives you new equipment and full warranties, you may want to consider buying a kit.


You need to decide how portable the PA system needs to be. This can change the size and style of the system you choose drastically. For example, if you will keep the system in the same place at all times, then a stationary PA system with larger speakers may be the ideal option. You may also want to consider built-in options if portability will not be an issue. However, if you travel to different locations in the church building or community, then you may want to consider a mobile option that offers a small PA system with a more individualized feel for each member of the singing group.

Amplifier Considerations

The hardest aspect of choosing a new PA system for many small churches is the amplifier. You may not know how much power you need for your space. For this, you will need to consider several aspects of the venue. You will need to consider the size of the church room, the average number of people in attendance, the ceiling height and the type of music. For example, if you are singing folk-style acoustic music then 60 watts may be fine. If you have more of a small jazz group, then 250 or more watts would be ideal.

These are only three of the ways you can use to find the right PA system for your church. If you think you have the options narrowed down, visit your local audio equipment store. They can answer questions you have about your choices and help you with pricing and installation as well.