Yesterday, I explained one of Covenant Life tech team's challenges with anticipating what's next. Josh and Wes both gave helpful comments, which you can read here.
Our first attempt at a solution is what I've been calling the "What's Next" Notification System. It's really just a parent paging system, adapted to our needs, and the goal is to remove me as the communication middleman. We have a remote control in the front row which a pastor can use to trigger a display in the main booth and a matching display in the video room.
A blank display means we are going forward as planned. The number "1" on the display means that most likely a congregation member will share next. The number "2" on the display means that most likely a pastor will share from the stage next. We've got 97 other numbers to use in case we need them in the future.
I haven't figured out yet how to communicate that the worship leader is going to do something unplanned. We probably won't be able to with this system, but thankfully we can all see the worship leader.
We'll keep swinging and hope our batting average goes up a little because of this addition.