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Infuse

We picked up a fantastic idea from Church of the Highlands in Alabama this past year. They have 10+ campuses, and struggled with filling all of the incredible number of volunteer slots that they had. They also found that they had many volunteers who were willing, but not quite up to speed to be able to step directly onto the worship team.

One of their volunteers came up with the idea of doing a weekly “bootcamp” of sorts for the worship team, and they named it Infuse. Instead of going directly onto the worship team after an audition, volunteers now go into Infuse. They are given a few songs to work on each week and come together with coaches to learn how to play as a team, how to visually lead, etc… We took the general idea and created a 6-week version for both worship and production team. We beta tested in the fall of ’14, and are now in our 2nd 6-week run of ’15. It’s been a great tool to help train and prepare volunteers – a highly recommended idea!

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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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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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More From Easter 2014

The backdrop was made from coroplast rectangles that we paid a local business to cut out for us. Very simple concept based on a set from North Point Church in Atlanta. We loved the idea because it had energy, was simple and was easily scalable for our regional campuses.

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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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On The Cheap

A cool idea that’s comparatively inexpensive. The thing that look like TVs in this photo are actually just the sheets of diffused plastic that you see on fluorescent light fixtures in offices, mounted in easily built wood frames and back lit. A great idea by Travis Carpenter, one of our great production team members!The 9 Cool Look

 

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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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