The Back-Up Plan

What’s your back-up plan? Sooner or later, you’re going to hear those words. You’d better have one, because things WILL go wrong eventually. A few weekends ago, the Super Bowl was in town, and that meant an incredible spike in the wireless signal traffic in the Indianapolis area. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t have unwanted signals stopping us mid-service, so we had extra wireless mics available, and wired mics ready to just in case.

When I was serving at Willow Creek, we had multiple levels of backup for everything. Pastors were often wearing a wearing a backup mic (occasionally two), and there was always a wired mic waiting in the hands of a front-row techie. Any long video had a backup copy running on a backup drive that could be switched over to with a minimum of hassle. As a music director in the past, I learned backup parts, and had people in mind that could fill in if someone got sick, etc…

The idea is not to be perfect. It’s just to take seriously the fact that we have been charged to do our very best for God, and for the people that He has entrusted to our care. It’s OK to make mistakes – it’s just not OK to make the same mistakes over and over, and backup plans help!

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