3 Ways to Engage Your Sound Team
As a Worship Leader it is vital to understand the role of the Sound Team in producing the final worship experience for the congregation. The better your bond, the better the final worship atmosphere you will create together.
1. Make Them Part of the Team
Everyone serves on Sunday out of a desire to use their God-given gifts to glorify Him and enable others to connect with Jesus. This includes the Sound Team. It’s tempting for the Worship Team to gain an ego, going on stage to perform for the entire church every service. They are responsible for leading others to worship. But as a Worship Leader you must first quell any attitudes of pride, and encourage the Worship Team to adopt the same humble and approachable spirit the other ministry teams assume on Sunday. You are there to serve, not to be served. The Sound Team is part of the overall worship experience. If you start your service prep with a prayer session, encourage your Sound Team to leave the sound booth and join the Worship Team for the prayer. Outside of service, invite your Sound Team to team events in order to build stronger relationships between the Worship Team and the Sound Team.
2. Ask for and Value Their Inputs
As a Worship Leader you may be able to perfectly envision the song you are playing and how each part should sound and interact. But when you get to practice there are variables thrown into the mix that alter the final output. Once onstage with the band, the Worship Leader is fully immersed in the sound and loses the ability to externally process how the final mix sounds to the congregation. The Sound Team has the proper vantage point: external to the stage and able to process the dynamics of the room, the crowd, and each individual band member. At times the Worship Leader must be humble enough to seek feedback from the Sound Team to determine if the initial vision for the song is true to how the final mix sounds. A trained Sound Team can offer direction the match up the vision with the execution of the song.
3. Include The Sound Team in Your Planning Process
Song selection and creation of a worship set list for Service is one of the true challenges and skills of a Worship Leader. This usually requires coordination with the Pastor developing the message for the service to determine the thoughts and emotions to evoke during Worship. Yet it’s very easy for that level of intentional thought to get lost in translation with the Sound Team receiving no more guidance than the set list for the weekend. In order to properly mix the group and create the atmosphere the Worship Leader is striving for, the Leader must communicate the vision for the Worship portion of the service.
By Michael Nettis
Michael is a servant of Jesus Christ and is currently an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is a techy by trade, but a worshiper at heart. He founded Armed to Worship with his wife, Kimber, to equip the world for worship.