Lights, Camera, and a Lot of Action

What really goes into a modern Sunday service?

You pull into the parking lot to find someone smiling and waving, pointing you to an open parking spot.

You walk up to the door and hear a friendly “good morning” as someone holds the door for you.

Once inside you’re greeted with the smell of coffee and sound of the worship team already praising God.

Once things get underway the service seems to run like a well-oiled machine.

The words to the songs seem to pop up automatically on the big screen. The lighting changes automatically with each new element of service. Scripture and picture slides match up seamlessly with the sermon.

It all seems so smooth and natural.

What’s it really take to make all this happen?

The Nuts and Bolts

I came to faith in Jesus in 2009. In 2010 just after I was baptized I was looking for a way to get involved on a deeper level within the church. I had a meeting with my pastor and asked him where I could serve. He had me come to the church on Thursday evenings for worship rehearsal. I was tasked with creating and setting up the slides that would show the song lyrics on the screen as the band played.

Fast forward to 2014. Now I’m on staff at one of the largest churches in the D.C. Metro area. My title is Assistant Tech Director. My biggest task every week is to build the tech side of Sunday Service. On Wednesday I would confirm who was going to be part of the band and what instruments would be on stage. From there the stage would need to be wired, lights aimed and programmed, slides needed to created not only for worship but also for announcements, sermon and anything else that was going to take place that day.

I needed to know about everyone and everything that needed to take place and arrange them in the appropriate order and figure out how much time each would be allowed.

By Friday the stage needed to be ready for the band to rehearse.

This is a small glimpse into the setup, missing lots of details and this is only the tech side!

You also have the facility that needs to be cleaned and prepared, a security team, a care team, a hospitality team etc…

95% of these teams are made up of volunteers that do this as an act of love.

Today’s services can be major productions requiring many people and much planning.

It’s also a great way to spend time with your church family and, in my opinion, it’s a lot of fun.

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