Each week, we follow this rehearsal schedule: vocalists rehearse during the week, band rehearses from 1:30 to 2:45 on Sat., and then a sound check for vocals at 2:45. At 3pm, we begin the first of two complete run-throughs. In the first run trough, we do everything exactly as we would in a service (minus the message). Every preservice element, every song, every video (played all the way through), even the announcements. EVERY element, including and especially transitions between the various pieces. It’s not enough to have great elements in your services, you have to practice how you’re going to move between them.
I am a former worship leader and a musician by background, so I know the temptation that exists to use every last minute of rehearsal time tweaking the music side of things. You want the songs to be good. The congregation wants the songs to be good. But the service doesn’t exist for the songs – it exists to help people worship and learn more about the God who created them – maybe to meet Him for the first time. Worship music is one of the “hows” – it’s not the “what.”
Having a rehearsal structure like this allows the entire team to succeed, not just the worship team. Good stuff that reflects the desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) that it works much better than less structured alternatives. This concept is pretty prevalent across many of the churches I’ve seen – I ran into it on the Granger Church blog, as well: click here
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I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a son, a pastor, a consultant, a musician, a writer, and bits and pieces of a bunch of other things. My work life has followed three main phases - business to teaching to church. I was the Weekend Services Pastor for nine years at Northview Church, an awesome church in the Indianapolis suburbs. I used to work for Willow Creek, another awesome church in the Chicago area. Plus I've written for various magazines and websites, and other freelancy sorts of things... My life mission is to help the church be as excellent as it can be.
Oh yeah - the name's Greg. Greg Wallace. But not the race car driver or the major league pitcher or the British celebrity chef. Just the creative worship guy. Hi.
It's my hope that these ideas, musings, rants, raves, etc... will inspire you. They're just my opinions - but again, I hope that they'll help to inspire you. Because the church really, really needs inspired creative types. If you're a creative type (and most people are, deep-down), ask God for help. Then take any ideas that are useful to you - borrow them, nab them, use them, adapt them - and make them into something greater...
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