Do you want to offer an audio translation of your worship service? You’ve come to the right spot. This article will help determine which translation system is best for your church.
Before I start, let me clarify something. Today, no product can do this without a translator. Although there is a prototype, it has not been made available to the general public.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t help your community and congregation with translations into their native language.
Here are some products I recommend for those who want to quickly find the right product and don’t have time to do extensive research.
How do translation devices for churches work?
The translation systems for churches are quite simple. There are three major parts to the translation system for churches.
- When translating your services, the headset microphone is worn by the translator.
- The translator’s microphone connects to the translation transmitter, which transmits the translations to the people.
- The headsets and translation receivers wore by the translators.
Translators for worship services must be able to hear the words being spoken. They can either be found in the sanctuary near the sound system booth or in a soundproof booth with an audio feed.
Then they translate what is being said into the language of those listening. The headset microphone is used to transmit the conversation to the people.
Listeners can either place headphones on their ears or earbuds inside their ears. They can adjust the volume to suit their needs.
You can purchase translation systems that broadcast on different frequencies if you have multiple languages to be translated. This allows your translator of one language to translate for one group and another translator can translate language 2 for another group. Systems can handle up to six languages.
Before you buy translation equipment, ask these questions
- What number of people will receive a translation service from you?
- What number of languages must be translated?
- Your translator/s will be where? They will be in the sanctuary. Or, they could be found in the sound booth. They will be in a separate area.
- How many receivers are needed for each language if more than one language is being translated?
- Are you going to make your translation system portable or stationary?
How to choose the right translation system for your church
The majority of us don’t need fancy wireless translation systems. We only want to translate sermons or worship services. We are not trying to broadcast long distances or translate private information.
You should consider these things when selecting a translation system to use in your church.
Fm or Infrared Translation Equipments
An infrared system is not required unless you need to translate services into more than six languages or if you are translating private information which could pose privacy concerns.
Infrared systems can be used for more extensive translation or privacy.
Analog Or Digital Signal
Digital is essential. Many frequencies are available, so it is easy to find a signal. Digital infrared technology may become more affordable. The price advantage of analog makes it a better investment for churches.
Portable or fixed translation systems
Are you a church plant? Are you responsible for setting up and taking down every Sunday? You will need a system that can be quickly assembled and stored in a portable case. This is less important than if it is.
Compliance and Regulations of the Government
All of the systems that I recommend comply with FCC regulations. You might also want to verify the rules in your country regarding transmitting FM signals if you’re not in the United States.
Equipment for single- or multi-channel interpretation
Many churches only require one language to be translated. There are occasions when English needs to be translated into other languages. You will need a transmitter or channel to communicate with the receivers in each language you wish to translate.
The Best Translation Equipment for Churches
For Churches Translating To Less Than 10 People
EXMAX UHF-938 Wireless Headset Microphone for Church Translation
Church Translation System
The unit includes ten receivers, which can handle most small church translation needs. The unit has received great reviews from customers. However, the most common complaint was that the receivers did not have rechargeable batteries but were only for use with old batteries. Rechargeable batteries are also available.
The Best Translation Devices for a Church with fewer than 25 members
EXMAX Wireless Transmission System For Church Translation
2 Transmitters and 25 receivers
This system can meet the translation needs of medium-sized churches that only have one language.
It includes 20 headsets and translation receivers. It has the same complaints as the smaller model and also has great customer reviews.
The Best Wireless Translation Equipment for Churches with More Than 25 Members Being Served
EXMAX Wireless Headset Microphone Systems for Church Translation
105 Church Translation Receivers
This unit is ideal for larger churches or congregations that have multiple languages. It has 105 receivers and 11 channels that can each be used to communicate with one other language.
Additional Translation Headsets for Church Expansion
It is important to plan for how many translation headsets may be needed in the future. While you may be able to purchase additional headsets, my experience has been that things and systems change over time, so you might not get the exact one you need. If you think the number of people using your translation equipment will increase, you should plan and purchase more.
Accessory for Interpretation System
These are some accessories you might need for your wireless translation system in your church.
- A headset microphone for your language translation volunteer.
- To keep your equipment safe and secure, you can use a case
- A battery recharging system.
Last Thoughts on Serving Your People with a Church Language Translation System
As our communities change before our eyes, we all have to ask ourselves how we can reach out and help those who speak another language in our society.
This translation system for the church is a great way of meeting that need. Even if it means that you need to pay a student to translate your services for a few hours per week, people in your area who speak another language will be grateful.
The gospel is for all nations, tribes, tongues, and people. It’s time that we all make the gospel available to everyone in our communities.