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The Old Meets The New

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On Easter, we had a very modern looking stage set, lots of moving lights, the whole nine yards. It was a very bright multicolor feel. However, we intentionally went retro on one song – WAY retro. Stained glass was the multi-color moving lights of it’s day – it was the most dynamically beautiful artistic expression medium that the artists of the day had to work with. They were trying to paint with light.
Today, we try to do the same thing in a different way – using movers, projectors, LED walls and a host of other visual tools. We are – hopefully – trying to go beyond cool for cool’s sake. At our best, we’ll paint with light to honor God, to show the beauty of His love and of His creation.

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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Idea Of The Week: Personalized Info Booth

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I saw this on a trip to North Point Church in Atlanta last year – they have some folks out in the lobby with iPads that can quickly get info for people, or get them signed up for events, etc… A great example showing care to visitors and to the people that God has placed in our care. Good stuff!

 

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Keep Your Eyes Open

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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

 

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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?

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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

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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

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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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