Do you use Planning Center? If so, spf.io’s latest release is good news for you! Now, you can import plans into spf.io and have your worship service translated into many languages with just a few clicks. Keep reading to learn why and how.
If you’ve ever planned a multilingual worship service, you know how complicated it can get.
You might start by asking a volunteer to translate the sermon. But there’s so much more to the service–scriptures, songs, announcements, the entire liturgy! You could switch languages for different sections, but this leaves people out. Simultaneous translation is taxing on volunteers and even then most print and visual materials aren’t translated.
What if you could provide a smooth, fully localized experience? People could see slides and read print materials in their language. They could sing in their language (or at least understand the songs). Meanwhile, a translation of everything said from the pulpit plays in their ear and appears on a screen.
Spf.io’s latest release brings you one step closer to a seamless multilingual worship service by integrating with Planning Center Online.
Simple Multilingual Worship Service Planning
Planning Center Online (PCO) is a popular worship planning tool among US churches. Some of our customers noticed a resemblance between the PCO plans and the spf.io playlists. Instead of duplicating the work in both systems, we built an integration so users can import their plans as playlists in spf.io!
This integration means localizing your multilingual worship services is simpler than ever before.
By the way, if you don’t use Planning Center, spf.io’s built-in playlist feature can still help with preparations. You can also request an integration with the software you use here and we’ll take it into consideration.
What do people say about multilingual worship?
Here are some multilingual worship resources from a variety of traditions:
- Evangelicals: Are Multiethnic Churches the Only Way?
- Methodists: How to Worship in Multicultural Congregations
- Catholics: Guidelines for the Multilingual Celebration of Mass
- Reformed: Multilingual Worship: How to Include Many Languages
- InterVarsity Press: The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World (affiliate link)
- The Hymn Society: Bilingual Worship: Lessons I Wish Someone Had Told Me