Wednesday, January 19, 2011

1.16.11 Reverb

This last Sunday was powerful. God's Spirit proved his faithfulness to meet us once again.

What happened?

The 3rd weekend team did a fantastic job, particularly in the area of flexibility.

For those of you who weren't there in the midst of the chaos, the Next Conference video was a very last-minute addition. I didn't even hear about the possibility of playing this video until after 8am on Sunday morning. We received the video with literally two minutes to go before the pre-service prayer.

Yet, the teams were able to add the cues and test the video within minutes. Then, they made the playback happen without a hitch.

Grant was really thrilled with your ability to adapt and include this at the last minute. Please know that neither Grant nor I want or expect this type of last-minute addition to be the norm, but your eagerness and ability to handle it with such excellence brings peace and a freedom to follow God wherever he may lead.

Because everything went so smoothly this weekend, I have little to write. I have two small things, and then I want to touch on one general trend that I suspect may be creeping in a bit on all the teams.

First Very Small Thing: No More DVD+R Discs

We have finally burned through all ouf DVD+R discs in the sermon media department. Just to keep things simple, we will now be using DVD-R discs for both Video DVD and Audio Archive DVDs.

Second Very Small Thing: Dangling Guitar Cable and Velcro Cable Wrap

Matt had a wireless beltpack for his acoustic guitar this weekend. He positioned the beltpack in such a way that the cable was dangling, which made it bounce a lot as he jumped around. That was only accented by the bright red velcro cable wrap that was bouncing up and down in the middle of the cable. In the future, let's try to position the pack so that the cable is a little more hidden. I'll also replace the red strap with a black one.

That was the only comment I received from the Sunday Planning Team, which means that the team nailed it this weekend.

One Medium Thing: Serving Sleepy

My non-scientific "gut sense" is that more team members than usual have been serving like the dog in the picture above: sleepy. The cause may have just been the crazy holiday schedules that we all kept over the last couple months, or maybe it is the longer serving times required by the pre-service prayer, or maybe it is actually a broader trend. I'm not sure, but I thought I'd mention two thoughts, just in case it is trending:
  1. Everyone on the production teams starts serving on Saturday night. Even though not all of you actually come to the church on Saturday night, everyone on our teams begins to serve on Saturday night. If you want to serve the church effectively on Sunday morning, you need to begin on Saturday night by getting enough rest to come in alert and eager to jump right in. It's a long morning, and you are going to need a full tank at the starting line to be sharp through the end of the race.
  2. The way you engage with the service matters. First, it matters for your own soul. When your responsibilities slow down, you may be able to check out or start up a conversation with a team member about the game, but you may also miss your best opportunity to hear from the Lord. Second, it matters because people are watching. You are very visible, especially those of you in the auditorium sound booths. If you allow yourself to doze off or you choose to read something unrelated to the message, you will be noticed. Your actions make a strong statement about how much you value what is happening in the service at that time, both to those around you and the God you are serving.
Please know that I identify with weariness. Ask my wife. Most often, I have nothing left in me by the time I get home on Sunday. I'm wiped out. By the time the sermon comes in the second service, I am ready to be done. But God is not yet done with the church or with us at that point, and I have to push through to the end in order to faithfully fulfill my responsibilities.

I have even done some of the things I listed above in weariness or carelessness or selfishness, but, when I disengage from the singing or preaching, I'm missing what God wants to use to meet my soul in the midst of serving.

Again, I don't know that this is a major issue, but I want to ask us all to consider two quick questions:
  1. Am I setting myself up to serve effectively with the decisions I make on Saturday night?
  2. Am I valuing what is happening in the service in a way that reflects the fact that God is there and may want to speak to me?
Thanks for considering this. Go ahead and leave any response to this and any thoughts at all about the weekend in the comments.

Photo Credit: TJ Morton


Dennis Cook said...

Well, your observations are well received. Since I'm hidden away in the video production room, I sometimes do other reading or other distraction during second sermon. I agree with "sticking with the program" through the end.

On the flip side - this past Sunday I actually got so caught up in the service - that I missed a cue. A different one in each service. Go figger. Dennis

Dave Wilcox said...

Thanks, Dennis. I know that being hidden away in the video room can make engaging with the service a challenge. I'm glad to hear that you were that connected to what was happening in the room this weekend.

Matt Richley said...

In relation to the belt pack, the cable from the guitar to the pack was longer than needed - maybe using a smaller cable would help. Or maybe I should stop jumping around so much!! :D

Mark said...

Dave, the sleepiness post is extremely helpful. I served in a SGM church for 7 years and it was was hugely transformative for my soul, my attitude, and my perceptions of lay ministry.

I want to point out that there are some rare cases where someone cannot help themselves from nodding off. For instance, I began to nod off during meetings despite plenty of sleep because unbeknownst to me, I had a slowly developing case of a rare type of pneumonia. So, sometimes the reason may be medical. In which case the person should temporarily step away from visible areas of ministry with the blessing of the rest of the ministry team.

Dave Wilcox said...


Don't stop jumping around. We'll figure out the cable thing.

Dave Wilcox said...

Mark, you are absolutely right. I can think of many reasons why someone would very legitimately be sleepy and/or distracted from the service, and I don't want anyone in that category to feel condemned. In fact, I emailed one person that came to mind to tell him that I didn't want him to concern himself with this at all.