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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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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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Think about the volunteers you served with today. These are people who have full-time jobs – sometimes more demanding than yours – in addition to their ministry. They’re looking to you to help them to respond to the call that God has placed on their lives. They’re trying hard to do what’s right. They need your help. Your time. You training. They need to know that you care, not just about the project that they’re working on, but about them. And even more importantly, that you have placed yourself in the hands of God. Be trustworthy – not perfect, but trustworthy. Be helpful – not perfect, but helpful. Care.


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Pump DOWN The Volume, Part I

Nope, this has nothing to do with how loud the services are (we actually like them pretty loud)!   : )

It’s about communication. A lot of times, our communication can be pretty one way. We place a great deal of importance on the communication that comes from us, and often a great deal less on the communication that comes to us. It’s human nature. But it’s the bad part of human nature, and God calls us to fight against that sort of self-centered mindset.
One key communication link in worship services is between the worship team and the soundpeople. Here’s how it often goes: the band starts warming up, the song finishes, and a chorus of voices starts from the platform… “I can’t hear myself!” “Can I have less snare!” “There’s a buzz coming from the monitors!” and the oh so helpful “Something sounds weird…”
The problem is that those voices often come all at the same time, and sometimes in a whiny or demanding tone (think the less flattering definition of “diva”). I am a musician by background, so I’ve been a culprit in the past, I know. This usually causes embittered soundpeople, who find passive/aggressive ways to exact their revenge (such as the fake volume change – “Yeah, I turned you up, does that sound better” when the volume knob was not touched).
Nowadays, I still play sometimes, but I usually function as the service producer, overseeing the music and tech side of things. To help avoid unhealthy communication, here’s the rule that I’ve put in place: All communication goes between the Worship Pastor (anything coming from the stage) and the Tech Director or myself (anything coming from the booth). Questions are funneled through these folks so that we can hit one thing at a time, and then move on – in a polite and time-saving fashion. It works, and it helps keep human nature under control.
Stay tuned for part II…


BTW, there are usually four of us in the booth. A lighting director (not shown here – this photo is actually taken from the lighting position), a sound person, me (basically an executive producer) and a show producer (who communicates to all stations, esp. the video room). I’m the one in the middle here (the older one)…

BTW again, our show producer does not call video cues (since we’re in the middle of the congregation) – that is done in our video control room, which is below the auditorium.


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It’s WORK, Doggone It!

I once had a worship team member who felt that it was an imposition to practice. “When I’m off work, that’s family time – I can wing my way through the music” was the feeling, more or less. I said that was fine – we weren’t telling anybody that they had to do anything. But not as a member of the worship team. We have no problem setting parameters for what is expected of people who chose to serve on the worship team. We are serious about doing our best for God and the people that He has entrusted us to serve.
A couple of quotes by Ben Patterson nail down why:
QUOTE #1: “A good metaphor for the true freedom of disciplined Christian worship can be found in the dancer’s art. Nothing looks more free and spontaneous than a great dancer performing. But beneath all that freedom and spontaneity are years of drills, repetition, sweat, strain, and more drills.”
QUOTE #2: Sunday morning worship is to the rest of our lives what cultivation is to a garden. We weed, prune, water, and feed to the end that the garden may be beautiful – spontaneous gardens are not; disciplined gardens are.”

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Worship Team


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Secret Leadership Styles

Secrets of leadership – revealed!!!

In all seriousness, there’s some good stuff here, courtesy of Fast Company – check it out (click here).


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