This post is about communication to and from the platform. A lot of times, our communication can be pretty one way. We place a great deal of importance on the communication that comes from us, and often a great deal less on the communication that comes to us. It’s human nature. But it’s the bad part of human nature, and God calls us to fight against that sort of self-centered mindset.
One key communication link in worship services is between the worship team and the soundpeople. Here’s how it often goes: the band starts warming up, the song finishes, and a chorus of voices starts from the platform… “I can’t hear myself!” “Can I have less snare!” “There’s a buzz coming from the monitors!” and the oh so helpful “Something sounds weird…”
The problem is that those voices often come all at the same time, and sometimes in a whiny or demanding tone (think the less flattering definition of “diva”). I am a musician by background, so I’ve been a culprit in the past, I know. This usually causes embittered soundpeople, who find passive/aggressive ways to exact their revenge (such as the fake volume change – “OK, how’s that – does that sound better?” when the fader was not touched).
In the past, I functioned as the service producer, overseeing the music and tech side of things from the booth. To help avoid unhealthy communication, here’s the rule that I put in place: All communication goes between the Worship Pastor (anything coming from the stage) and the Production Director (or myself – anything coming from the booth). Questions were funneled through these two people so that we hit one thing at a time, and then moved on – in a polite, honoring and time-saving fashion. Try it, it works – and it helps keep the “me first” aspects of human nature under control.