When I took the job at Lakeside over six years ago, church stage design was not even a blip on my radar. I walked in to a “gymnatorium” or a “sanctanasium” (whichever you prefer) and thus began my journey and daily experiment of taking a multi-use room and turning it into an useful worship space. Over the years I never would have imagined how much time I would spend in home improvement stores problem solving and dreaming up stage designs. As I get a chance, I will go through the individual stage changes and walk through the materials used in the ones we’re particularly proud. In this post I simply want to point out some of the lessons learned over the past six years of doing stage design. I wish I had known about the website www.churchstagedesigns.com earlier because it would have answered a lot of questions for me. However, I’m glad we did things the way we did because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to pass on the following lessons I’ve learned along the way. Here’s some things that it takes to do stage design in the local church.