Monthly Archives: February 2015

Keep Your Eyes Open

NOW FEb 2014

Read this quote from Lorie King: “Keep your eyes open. Watch the congregation. Shocking, I know. In order to lead well, however, you need to know what’s going on around you. You may notice that people aren’t singing along, but rather look confused or perplexed (or bored). Hmm…maybe they don’t know the song? Maybe they don’t know they’re supposed to be singing? You can invite them to sing with a statement like, “Now that you know it, let’s sing that again together,” or simply “Let’s sing that truth/prayer together again.” You have not only let them know that participation is encouraged and expected, but you’ve pointed them to the content and substance of what is going on.”

I agree – and I mean it literally. Keep your eyes open. If you are leading, it doesn’t mean making music with your eyes closed. It’s not your private time of worship – you are leading, and that means interacting with the people you are leading. It’s easy to hide behind closed eyes – I’ve done it many a time. Every so often it’s appropriate, but not as your norm. And now…stepping down from the soapbox… : )


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Sir Truss A Lot


Truss A Lot

We use truss in our stage looks. A lot. It’s very versatile – we’ll hang it, lay it sideways, build stuff out of it, etc… – one time we even used a “collapsed” truss look (swiped that idea from Willow) to represent the fall of Israel. Here’s an easy, free-standing look.


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What To Wear…What To Wear?

NV Christmas

So, worship leaders – do you have a dress code for your team? It seems like a minor issue, but it sometimes can become a surprisingly big deal. Style of dress is a form of personal expression, and some people get irate when they are not allowed to express themselves in their preferred fashion (pun intended).

What it comes down to, though, is that a worship team’s purpose is not as a forum for personal expression. The very nature of personal expression is to say, in effect, “Look at me. See how I want the world to view me. See the subculture I wish to identify with.” If the style of dress – be it too formal, or too casual, or too flashy, or too risqué, or too whatever – draws attention to itself, rather than to worshipping God, it’s a miss. In the same way that an 80’s metal guitar solo doesn’t fit in a Tomlin song, a hawaiian shirt or backwards baseball cap might not fit in a suburban church setting largely populated by professional people who live, eat and breathe business casual.

It’s not that we want everyone to be part of the same club…it’s that we don’t want the style of dress to scream “Look at me – and look at what club I’m in!!!”


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On Time

Playing With Passion

We require everyone on our worship team to be on time, every time. A “no show, no call” and you’re done, unless somebody is in the hospital… In all seriousness, everybody has a lot going on – the only way to make sure that the services are top quality is to set the bar high. People will generally rise to the level of the expectation – if they feel that the leader thinks that it’s not really critical that they be there prepared and on time, they will act accordingly. So – if the practice is set to start at 6:30, make sure that the drumsticks click off the first song at 6:30 (unless you’re using fill tracks – then the drummer presses “play” at 6:30)… : )

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Uncategorized, Worship Team


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Different Views


A quick one today… I am in a rut. I admit it. I always see our service from my chair in the production booth. I sit in my “Service Producer” chair, between the Show Producer (who is the communicator between the video room and the auditorium) and the Lighting Coordinator.
I need to get out more. Out of my seat, I mean… I need to see how things look from all of the different vantage points that our congregation will be looking from. Not just to impress, or put on a show, but to do what we do with the highest level of excellence possible.
If you know a “car guy,” you can tell how serious he is about it by the excellence he shows in the care of his car. What we do is a whole lot more important than a car, and we want to show the highest level of excellence that we can. To show that we care – to show that we are serious.
That means getting out of my chair every once in awhile…I can use the exercise… : )


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Going “Old-School” At Christmas

Unwrapped Stage

Christmas is definitely a time for old school. There are things that I feel perfectly justified doing at Christmas that might push the “hokey meter” at any other time of year. Northview is a very contemporary church, but on Christmas Eve the traditions come out. One of our traditions is to have “O Holy Night” sung by a big-voice soloist. We actually use a Sandi Patty arrangement. No offense to Sandi (she is a great vocalist and entertainer), but we would normally never consider a song arranged for her. Christmas is different, however. It’s full of memories, and it’s perfectly fine to be less than hip and trendy. In fact, it seems like the more hip and trendy we’ve tried to be at Christmas, the less people have responded – people of ALL ages, not just the “seasoned.”

Everybody is OK with reliving the past at Christmas. The older folks have decades of Christmas Eves gone by to reminisce about. The younger parents are remembering their childhood days and seeking to establish traditions of their own. So we do “O Holy Night.” We sing “Silent Night” at the end with everybody holding hands. And we make it snow (it will be hard for you to rent a snow machine in Central Indiana at Christmas because I think we have them all). So try a little old school at Christmas (btw, that Sandi Patty song had people on their feet)!


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