Meanwhile, we are in the big push for our annual youth drama. This year we are putting on an original show based on the best-selling book, Pilgrim's Progress. As a result, I am going to abbreviate my review once again this week, and simply share some very random bullets on what has been swirling in my mind.
- People don't make church happen. They are the church. I've said this before, but the Sovereign Grace Pastor's Conference always brings it back to the forefront. And I often need the reminder.
- Covenant Life Church is made up of my favorite people on the planet. Our volunteer teams, as the church, strive effortfully to create contexts for gospel opportunities. They are joyfully supporting all our normal activities, even with a conference and a major production in the same month as Easter.
- I no longer believe in the 3-to-1 micing rule. OK, I do believe in it. But I've decided it's a rule I'm willing to break. Sometimes, down-to-earth gain before feedback is much more important than pie-in-the-sky "phase coherence." Overmicing seems to ever-increasingly be my style, and I haven't found the problem in it yet. (Purists may rant here.)
- Lyrics lead. Like it or not, where the song lyrics go, there goes the congregation. In our case, there goes the worship team as well, since our vocalists are following the lyrics on confidence monitors instead of song sheets. The importance of this role can hardly be overstated.
- If I ask for feedback, I must be ready to listen carefully and respond quickly. I have learned a lot from our team members these last few weeks. They has sent me some truly excellent, excellence-forming ideas. Hopefully, I've done all I can to implement their suggestions.
- When in doubt, make a phone call. Often, emails stink. Especially when I write them. Enough said.