Remember, Practice for Church Makes Permanent

The most effective thing any church sound mixer can do to improve their contribution to the worship service, is to practice with the worship team regularly.

Remember, Practice for Church Makes Permanent
God gave us His best, and our service through the tech ministry should offer no less than our best pursuit of excellence for Him. Audio, lighting, and video are all crafts that require our diligent study to learn.
Remember, Practice for Church Makes Permanent
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A while ago, I mentioned to my Minister of Music that our backing vocals were sounding pretty rough on a regular basis.

Their intonation was so poor at times, that we often had to use the “shoot it before it multiplies” approach to mixing. You know – if it doesn’t sound good, don’t turn it up!

Get so comfortable with the gear that you operate it instead of the other way around.

So over the summer, he scheduled regular rehearsals just with the backing vocalists, and he stopped me in the hall recently to tell me about how well things were going. Not only were the vocals sounding better, but the singers were encouraged and really enjoying the process.

We rejoiced together over the results of their renewed faith in practice, but I couldn’t help wondering why they hadn’t been practicing like that on a regular basis for years. I guess sometimes we get used to how things have been done in the past, and it’s not easy to see, or hear, the need for improvement.

As vocal coach Chris Beatty is known for saying, practice doesn’t make perfect – it makes permanent.

We Need Practice Too

By the same token, if you’re responsible for the sound in your church each week, you need to be attending those rehearsals as well. The single most effective thing any church sound mixer could do to improve his/her contribution to the worship service, is to practice with the worship team on a regular basis.

We are called to excellence in the technical support ministry. God gave us His best, and our service through the tech ministry should offer no less than our best pursuit of excellence for Him. Audio, lighting, and video are all crafts that require our diligent study to learn.

We can learn by finding someone to mentor us, by reading and studying books on the subject, by participating in online discussion groups,  by attending trade shows and workshops, and so on.

If anything, the majority of people who serve in a technical support ministry as part of their local church are way behind the curve on learning that craft.

Let me explain.

In most churches, the musicians and vocalists who lead worship each week are accomplished musicians. They have studied music and how to deliver an excellent performance with their instrument for many, many years.

During those years of learning they immersed themselves in the learning process by taking lessons, practicing for hours on end at home, playing in recitals, practicing some more, and attending concerts to hear others perform. It wasn’t easy, but they finally got there. Some are just farther down that road than others.


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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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