Are weekly church emails just white noise or truly helpful?
We’re currently exploring every which way when looking at how the church promotes events, we’ve settled on a back end system and organised how that works(for the most part), I’ve fallen in to the role of sorting a lot of the promotional graphics and quickly realised we lacked any kind of system to promote things.
14 things from 14 years of church Sound
in no particular order.
1) it’s never just a couple of mics
You know for that event! it’s not likely to “just be a couple of mic’s” Talk through whoever it is planning their event, even if the requirements are small. walking through it step by step may seem silly but better than missing something or having it thrown in on the day and others thinking “it’s not a big deal”
2) Love thy team / build a team
Yes YOU have to love your team, if you are doing it solo, get some support in building a team, even if it’s just one extra person. If you want to be able to take holiday’s and not stress you’ll need someone else who has your back. A small team is still a team.
3) no one will care as much as you
Yes keep coiling those cables properly. Other people, even other people on your team won’t always care as much as you. Most aren’t in as early as you and no they won’t be as committed as you. so YOU take the time to get them “just right” keeping things where they should go. I know you care and I know it’s hard work but people do appreciate(especially your future self when you come to use it), I know Jesus does even if other people don’t always seem to.
4) its all about the relationships.
Invest in the relationships, not just in your team but with Worship Leaders, Worship Pastor & Senior Leadership. The pay off will be worth it in the long run.
5) buy less gear but buy the good stuff (& the right stuff for your venue).
buy portable gear for portable, build a flexible system for installs Part of preparation really, work out what you need and then get it. even if it means limping along with what you have for a while longer. Once you have equipment that works well you’ll appreciate it and others will likely see or hear the benefits and gain you trust as you produce more reliable
6) Pray -
Things change when you pray, Pray for support, pray for your pastor, pray for your family, your team and your church.
7) You need support from your senior leadership
I know you arrive early, leave later than anyone else and sometimes it can feel like your the keeper of the church as you’re there enough and it’s great that you feel ownership. Make sure you have support of the leadership. You need that cover from “aunt Mildred” who just simply thinks its too loud (when what she probably means is she doesn’t like the drums)
8) arrive early
Just do it, have a call time, before the band. EVERY WEEK. it’s not worth not getting there before them. have a time that you shoot for and beat it 90% of the weeks if you can.
9) there is always more to do! protect against burnout
With all this arriving early and extra prep and leaving late, there is a tension to manage and that is making sure you don’t burn out, leadership and team here is the key. My leaders have always backed me 100% and I thank God for that, I wouldn’t be where I am now without that.
Yes we know you feel like quiting some weeks, for some it feels like that every week and it’s a slog. I’ve been there and I know your pain. Keep going, listen, try again, improve, prepare, try new stuff practice your mixing anywhere you can, listen to music, listen to the songs, watch videos about your desk (if you are digital) Take time to hone your craft and sorry without a virtual soundcheck you are practicing week by week and
use your ears. Listen to how it sounds and make it better
12) Work with what you have (band and gear) “excellence” “be excellent”
Know thy gear be thankful
13) keep it tidy as much as possible.
Keep things tidy as much as possible, I know the place is to get used but keep things tidy as much as you can and encourage your team and others to keep the building and your production areas tidy as well.
14) Victory Love’s preparation
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. Plan everything you possibly can. and make sure everybody knows what you are up to before the day. Everything goes better this way.
Ways you can serve Jesus.
Serving is a Great thing for people to do, and will make you feel great about yourself. If you are looking for somewhere to help out and you consider Elim Church Crawley your home church, I’d love it if you took the time to get involved and here are just a few of the different ways you can get involved. please do get in touch and we’ll hook you up with something appropriate for you.
1) Welcome Team
Can you shake a hand and smile? If you are naturally friendly here might be a great place to get involved. It is a great way to get to know new people. To try it out Speak to Bode or one of the Welcome Team this Sunday.
2) Prayer Ministry Team
Love to Pray? Love people? Want to make a difference and show you care, working under the direction of Magdalene will give you an experience that will energize you and keep you in touch with God.
Able make a good cuppa? Our smiley Team make sure our guests and regulars mingle well and are supplied with all sorts of goodies. Speak to Teresa to join a team of true servants.
4) Web Team
Keeping the website in tip top condition for visitors, making it look great and gathering the information from various ministries on short notice. If you have html and CSS skills, come join a growing team.
5) Production Team
Making Sunday & events sound great, making them look great, and yes those words that appear you read every week all help create that atmosphere of worship. We have a great introductory role if you are able to use a computer and want to get to know the songs, here is a great place to serve. For other roles Laying of many cables and constant Learning are musts, Training & Long hours required for some roles.
6) Kids & Young People Ministry
Love Kids? Love Jesus? want to help Kids Love Jesus? So many ways to serve here. Do get in touch. Background checks will be required. to help keep a secure, warm, stimulating and safe environment.
7) Setup Team
Are you free to setup rooms for various events? Serving by setting up chairs so other ministries and people who hire the building can use the building to it’s full potential.
8) Administration Team
When things are poorly organized do you get frustrated and want to help fix things? Can you bring order out of chaos? Do things like spreadsheets, budgets, organizational charts and software, files, highlighters, and label makers make you happy? These guys are awesome and take care of the office and church information, membership, room booking, event planning and so many other details. Speak to Ruth Norcross to get involved.
If you are interested in serving on a youth team? want to see Young people Serving and learning about Jesus?
10) Worship Team
Can you sing or play really well? Speak to Lianne to audition.
30 days that will change your life.
I challenge every Christian out there to listen to Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones, podcast for 30 days, they come out once a week so it’s not too intensive it will change your life, help you focus on Jesus and improve your theology.
I struggled at first with his voice but the content of his sermons is so compelling it will pull you in and keep you listening.
Help Elim Church Crawley without leaving your sofa.
Everybody wants to help but we are usually too busy to get started, so here are 4 things you can do today.
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