In the hustle and bustle of weekly worship services, many churches miss the opportunity to bring their worship and tech teams together to address the ongoing “global” challenges that these teams face together on a regular basis. Sunday morning is a great time for team leads to bring everyone together in order to cast vision and set culture. A vision of unity breeds a harmonious culture where the worship and tech teams work together, free from the divisive “us vs. them” mentality that far too many churches face. Setting goals around global challenges like drum volume allow us to come together in unity to address the chronic problems that don’t go away without real teamwork. Pre-service production meetings and post-service recaps are the rails upon which your teams move forward together in unison. As we head into the new year, there is no time like the present to take your Sunday services to the next level, so here are some of the classic fails that this “global” approach can easily fix.
FAIL #1 NOT IDENTIFYING AND ADDRESSING GLOBAL PROBLEMS
Whether it is a drummer who plays too loud or a cranky sound person, these global problems affect everyone.
SOLUTION: Getting your worship and tech team leads together to identify these global problems is a great way to set a global approach for addressing and fixing them!
FAIL #2 NOT KEEPING YOUR TECH TEAM IN THE ASSET LOOP
In Episode 2 of this column we talked about having a production meeting before each service to talk through key audio cues. While this is a great start, getting them on the same page happens long before Sunday.
SOLUTION: Make it a practice to share audio files, song forms, and lyrics to your tech peeps at the same time you share them with the team. It will make them feel included and also means they are accountable for knowing the material.
FAIL #3 NO SUNDAY RECAP
Immediately after service is one of the few times that everyone who is rostered on a given Sunday are in the same place at the same time.
SOLUTION: Spend five minutes talking about what worked and what didn’t work across the entire production spectrum with the goal of making continuous improvement each week.
FAIL #4 CHANGING THE KEY SUNDAY MORNING
As Ricardo Sanchez points out in this issue, preparation happens before and not during rehearsal. Changing the key on the worship team on Sunday morning is totally preventable, as are resulting train wrecks like capo’ing at the wrong fret.
SOLUTION: Planning Center Online makes it easy to transpose charts and audio files, so you can find and document the perfect key for each singer.
FAIL #5 CAPO’ING AT THE WRONG FRET
Speaking of capo’ing at the wrong fret, how many times have we seen this happen even if the key of the song didn’t get changed at the last minute?
SOLUTION: Before Sunday morning practice cycling through the first chord of each song, moving the capo to the appropriate fret (if used), in the order in which they’ll be played.