You, You are God

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One of my (many) complaints about churches (in general) is their lack of professionalism. Their posters for the Easter Production look to be made by a child with a crayon. The signage in church lacking or incorrect. The weekly bulletin filled with errors of fact, typos, spelling and grammar mistakes any middle-schooler should have caught. The Audio/Video team merely a rag-tag bunch of unqualified volunteers who don't know the difference between a patch cable and loop feedback.

That said, it's time for a shout out to Evangel Church in Scotch Plains. This is where we have been attending since moving here in June. It's not a "mega church" by definition, but it's very large. The worship team consists of about 18 people on stage at any given moment. The number of sound board inputs, monitor outputs and house adjustments to make is simply astounding.

Kudos to the team who built, maintains and runs the system. They are led by Tony D. (I don't use last names on my blog) who oversee's about 30 people responsible for live audio, live video, Pastor's sermon multimedia, Announcement multimedia, Lyric display, podcasting, vodcasting, CD & DVD production & sales, including the closed-captioning of same, etc. You can see it's quite the production.

Our worship leader, Pastor Sam, is incredible and he has obviously trained his people not just in how to lead worship, but how to be professional.

Last week, the power conditioner for our sound system up and died in the middle of worship - smack dab in the middle of the song "You, You are God" (click icon next to song name for preview).

Over the next, say 5 seconds, everything on stage went quiet. No amps, no sound, even the lights went off. Projectors turned off, the computer's running things shut down. Zoiks. What to do?

Well, Pastor Sam and his team of 18 people continued to play their instruments without hesitation. The lady doing sign language never missed a word. Worship simply continued. I watched people's faces on-stage and not a single one flinched, looked at Pastor Sam confusingly or at each other for a clue as to what to do.

The brass never sounded so good! Pastor Sam spoke up and started feeding us the next line ahead of time like the professional worship leader he is. Tony quickly identified the problem and bypassed the conditioner to bring the equipment back on-line. The biggest problem was the slow booting windows computers that run half the operation in the sound booth.

The only thing I would have changed would have been for Pastor Sam to switch from his electric to acoustic guitar. But that move might have signaled to people and his team that there was "a problem" and given pause to what was then flowing so smoothly.

In a former life I was responsible for my company's Disaster Recovery Plan. I always said, 'I don't get paid for backups and plans, but for restore's and uptime after a problem.' In similar fashion, normal praise & worship and normal Sunday services are 'easy' and enjoyable for the participants in some sense. They shouldn't be paid for that work - it's too easy and they'd do it for free if asked. But on day's like last Sunday, they should be paid through the roof. Both Sam and Tony earned their annual salaries last week in a 5-minute period, we're just paying them over the next 12 months via an annuity :-)

Anyway, just wanted to pass along praise when praise is due!

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