Are there are any resources out there that speak to how many lyrics we should build onto the screen for worship? Does it make sense to have more lyrics on the screen and have fewer transitions, or fewer lyrics on the screen with more transitions?
For us what drives the number of lyrics on the screen is the pace of the song and how cluttered the screen may end up.
If the pace of the song is fast, and potentially unfamiliar to the congregation, I will put an entire verse or chorus on the screen, as long as it doesn’t look too cluttered.
If the song is slow enough, we will put one line at a time. I will also only put one line at a time, if it is the same line repeated over and over. I don’t want to see the same thing repeated 3 or 4 times on the screen if one line will suffice.
When I make the breaks between slides, I make it fit the musical flow of the song. So if I split the verse up into 2 or three slides, I split them at natural music transitions.
These are the rules I typically follow when we key lyrics over IMAG.
If I were doing full screen lyrics, I might put more lyrics on the screen to minimize transitions during slower songs. But where I split the slides is still driven by the song.