Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sunday Matters Most

I really haven't blogged since C3, when I posted a couple attempts at a conference recap (here and here).

The conference was great, but for those of us from Covenant Life who attended, it was most valuable as an excuse to talk and talk about our Sunday Morning meetings.

We discussed music. We discussed sound and mixing. We discussed lighting and environment. We discussed staging, set design, and band layout. We discussed video screens. We discussed message preparation process. We discussed everything.  And then we discussed it again.

Thankfully, all that talk was led by the Spirit, and we were able to make some headway in significant, strategic decisions.

Our church has several monthly meetings for singles, youth, and families.  Each of these meetings has a pastor who is spending significant time planning for both the content and the production of these meetings.  Each of these meetings was - in it's own way - pushing the boundaries of our abilities.

Which led to some questions:

If - as we believe - Sunday Morning is the most important meeting of the church...
  • Why wasn't Sunday Morning getting this type of attention?
  • Why wasn't Sunday Morning the place where creativity was most evident?
  • Why wasn't Sunday Morning the meeting when the band played and sounded the best?
  • Why wasn't Sunday Morning the time when God's word was most effectively supplemented with media and technology?
One the conclusions was this: We need a pastor who lives and breathes all things Sunday Morning.  Our Senior Pastor, Joshua Harris, lives for Sunday Morning...messages.  However, he doesn't have the capacity to be adequately involved in all the production aspects.

So, after seeking God's wisdom, we now have a pastor who oversees Sunday Production, which includes message, announcement, and music content as well as sound, lighting, video, set design and post-service resources.   I will introduce him to you next time!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading more about this, Dave. It is amazing how sometimes the obvious things seem to get overlooked, isn't it?

Steve S.