Wednesday, August 5, 2009

peeking into worship rehearsal....

Just took a look at the recording of our rehearsal this past weekend at @wcrossing that I captured on Twitcam. Even though we were using a MacBook cam and mic to record it about sixty feet away from the stage, you still had a good representation of what was going on during the rehearsal.

The audio was a little crispy at times, you heard some wrong notes, missed visual cues, lights cues getting fixed and could even hear the chatter in the tech booth but it was our rehearsal for the weekend services and true to how it all happens.

When we went live over twenty viewers stuck around for a while to get their sneak peek on an impromptu opportunity. Our weekend service rehearsal and run-throughs are pretty closed door. But this twelve minutes invited my small world (which domino into many other small worlds) to view something that we keep kind of private. I was surprised when a fellow staff member mentioned it today and said he really liked the idea of us doing that more often. At first, I thought 'no way'. But as I have been chewing through the day, I think I agree.

Because staff and volunteers are passionate about getting to communicate and the standard we hold ourselves to, like many other churches, we can be associated with slick productions. We want to give our best and we work even harder to make sure our presentation of the service is not 'productiony' or have a 'ta-da factor'. We hope that our worship and message and everything wrapped up in that seventy five minutes is presented in an authentic, conversational, biblical centered way. But, we still have those that think we are slick at what we do.

I think an opportunity to watch a rehearsal would help the persona. The amount time and effort given, even before the call time on to the end of rehearsal just to get to the first service is humbling. For some to see what goes on in those few hours, the mistakes, the missed cues, the tweaks and fixes would give an authentic insight.

Do you think it's worth it?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

sooooo worth your blog too...

August 5, 2009 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Dianne said...

keep 'em coming Boss...brilliant...lovin the blog thing...

August 5, 2009 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Bill Swaringim said...

Oh, I know it's you mom - stop signing in Anonymous

August 5, 2009 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Kelly Gubser said...

I don't know that too many people who think you are "slick" are going to care to see a rehearsal. There may be a small percentage of those folks who might dive into that.

I think your larger audience will be mainly from two groups: people who have never been to your church wanting get some idea of what it is like AND folks from other churches who are interested in how you do your thang.

In both cases, I see providing the service as valuable. Although video of the actual experience over the rehearsal may provide more benefit. Particularly to the first group who've not yet attended your church.

August 5, 2009 at 8:02 PM  

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