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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Sure! I remember a service when we were in the middle of a special song and we had much of the stage dark except for some key dramatic lighting. During the song, our lighting console shut down and we lost control and it froze on that look. If we had rebooted the console right then, all of our lights would have reset and the moment would have been killed.

Instead, we used our in-wall push button controller to add some down stage lighting when Pastor came back on stage to wrap up his message. Was the lighting perfect? We were missing a few lights and all of our color fixtures, but people chalked it up to dramatic lighting. Did anyone notice? Pastor didn’t stop what was happening to apologize for the missed lighting, in fact he didn’t even know. We didn’t reset the lighting mid-song or during the wrap up. Most people didn’t have a clue anything happened, which frankly is the way it should be. And because we handled the failure seamlessly, no one missed the point of the message and creative elements to be distracted by the tech.

Wrapping it Up!

The moral of the story here is that stuff is going to happen. If it can happen on one of the biggest stages in the world, it can and probably will happen at your church. But with preparation and preparedness your production problem doesn’t have to be a disaster. Work with your team to create some potential plan Bs, be sure you have people around who can troubleshoot systems if and when they go down, and then focus on minimizing the distractions until you can get things back online.

It’s just possible that if you cover it well enough it could be even more impactful than the moment you had planned on originally.


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