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Category Archives: Worship Tech

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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Flexibility Is The Key To Ministry

“Flexibility Is The Key To Ministry!”

I forget where I first heard that quote. It’s easy to remember, but hard to live out. I’m a very busy guy, and my life can spin rapidly out of control when things do not go as planned (which seems to happen from time to time). However, I’ve learned to plan as best I can – which in our services means to the minute – but then to go with the flow. I’ve learned the hard way that it doesn’t pay to freak out. You just end up adding to the problem, nd have a bigger mess to clean up later.

We recently hosted a concert by Hillsong Young & Free. An awesome team of worshipers from the other side of the earth. They led a great night of worship – however, it was one of those nights where the technology did not want to cooperate. When it came time for them to go on, a bunch of their rented gear went down. A couple of their team very expertly stalled – at the same time, my production team kicked into overdrive, helping to get them up and running. In a church our size, many shows end up being a collaboration between the the artists, their crew and our team – this was one of them. The concert ended up being great, and our team helped to save the day. Not just because they are skilled (which they are), but because they were willing to do whatever needed doing to make things work – not for themselves, or even the artists, but for the people that were there to worship.

I have a great team. They are skilled. They are dedicated. And they are flexible…

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Northview Easter Set 2014

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Idea Of The Week: Ceiling Light Thingys

The 9 Week 1These cool “TV-looking” panels are simply those plastic thingys that they put under fluorescent lights in offices to diffuse them. Lit from behind with LEDs, they look great, and can be easily moved into different formations from week to week! Kudos to Travis Carpenter on my team for a cost-effective and easy idea!

 

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Hard Decisions

(Note: This post was written, for the most part, about 6 months ago – thought it was time to finish it up…)

I had to do something very difficult yesterday. We had an idea for a service that would really stretch us as a team. The whole team worked on it, but two of the guys in particular put in a ton of hours to make it happen. As we got to our Thursday run-through (two days before our Saturday service), it became clear that things just were not progressing in a way that I felt was going to give us dependable results for the weekend.

There was really no doubt in my mind that the correct thing to do was to go with our backup plan, and adjust the service, cutting that particular element. So I did. However, I still thought about it long and hard. I really value my team. God has blessed me with a really good group of folks to work with, and I wanted their work to be rewarded by being able to see their ideas come to life…

It’s still going to be a great service (after-the-fact-note: it was), but I wish it could have gone as planned and let the idea come to life. We’ll bring it back someday and try again…

 

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Treat Your Soundpeople Right

Treat your sound people right! Here’s one quick tip to help that to happen – have one person communicate from the platform/stage to the soundboard. At our campus, it’s the worship leader. If someone needs something, they relay that need to the worship leader (who filters the ask to see if it really is a need and not a “diva-type” request). The worship leader then relays the ask to the sound person (respectfully), and the situation is worked on until it’s done. This helps to make sure that there aren’t multiple requests coming from the stage at once, and that issues are resolved before moving forward. Here’s a link to an article which will help the worship leaders among us to walk in the shoes of our soundpeople – I don’t agree with everything here, but there’s a lot of truth.   (click here)

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Idea Of The Week: (Comparatively) Inexpensive Stage Look

Quick one today… Just take a roll of screen porch screening, wrinkle it up, hang and light it! Voila – engaging and interesting look for a service (or series).

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