Church Service Killers: Key Steps To Be Prepared

Just about two and a half years ago, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the Superbowl, gave us a great reminder that regardless of how much money you spend or how much planning you put in, stuff happens.

Duke Dejong  ·  July 10, 2017

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Discuss a Plan B Ahead of Time!

One of the key differences between the amateurs and professionals in production is having a plan B ready to implement at all times. If you haven’t spent some time discussing potential plan B with your leadership team, can I recommend that you set up a meeting soon in order to do so?

While you can’t know when your sound system may stop producing sound, your projectors stop showing video or perhaps you lose your lighting all together, discussing some of these potential scenarios ahead of time will better prepare you to deal with the scenario if and when it happens.

For example, we had a service one time where our video switcher went out so we could no longer get lyrics or cameras to the screens. Because we had discussed this as a possibility ahead of time, our Worship Leader was able to play along and use the time we were down to talk about the song we were doing and teach about it’s meaning, all without skipping a beat.

By the time he got back into the song, we were up and running and people ended up worshiping more intently, because he had spent time discussing the meaning and application of the song.

Have Knowledgeable People Ready to Troubleshoot

If there was one area that the folks at the Superdome had covered, it was having plenty of qualified people on hand to tackle and fix the problem at hand. To have the power back on in 30-35 minutes meant that they had capable, knowledgeable people onsite in multiple places ready to help get things back online. Do you have people nearby or at the very least on call who know your systems? Reports following that Super Bowl noted that the issue was at the main panels where power came into the building.

Can you imagine how much power comes into that building and how many electrical rooms they have? Do you even know where all of your breaker panels are?

The first time my church lost power in a service, I didn’t. It wasn’t until I found the third electrical room that I found the breaker in question. You can be sure that I created a list of what breakers were where after that week. In order to successfully troubleshoot in a hurry, you need to know your systems and where they all are.

Minimize the Effect!

Sometimes your situation is too big and obvious to ignore. Half of the lights going out during the Super Bowl would be one of those times. But if you lost your monitors, could you still carry on with a scaled back, more acoustic worship?

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