Running Effective Worship Rehearsals

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A session at the 2013 C3 Worship Collective conference.

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Running Effective Worship Rehearsals

  1. 1. PETE GOODLIFFE pete@goodliffe.net @petegoodliffe r u n n i n g effectiveworship rehearsals worship collective june 2013
  2. 2. PETE GOODLIFFEPROGRAMMER / AUTHOR / COLUMNIST / TEACHER ★ CONSCIENTIOUS CODER @petegoodliffe pete@goodliffe.net goodliffe.blogspot.com www.goodliffe.net
  3. 3. you
  4. 4. do you want better rehearsals?
  5. 5. intentionality (do it on purpose)
  6. 6. common ways the way we’ve always done it whatever makes sense that night work it out as we go along whatever the worship leader says keep going till we’ve played all the songs (and they don’t sound completely dreadful) no plan - work it out on Sunday morning
  7. 7. band structure types of songs level of experience effective rehearsal sunday structure
  8. 8. why do we run a rehearsal?
  9. 9. toworshipGod rehearsal toserve topractice fellowship developskills toworshipGod
  10. 10. we want a rehearsal that... glories God is productive is fun!!! blesses the church develops the team (musically and in community) glories God
  11. 11. is this important?
  12. 12. yes!
  13. 13. attitude (it’s not about you)
  14. 14. about us (one size does not fit all)
  15. 15. 1 2 3
  16. 16. 1 2 3
  17. 17. 1 2 3
  18. 18. 1 2 3
  19. 19. band structure rota-ed in advance (months ahead) very changeable sundays three meetings two simultaneous rehearsals (brings limitations)
  20. 20. your rehearsal is as good as your team your team is as good as the people
  21. 21. each person’s responsibility (groundwork)
  22. 22. come prepared to serve with a pure heart to serve leader, team, church, God personal holiness
  23. 23. we expect discipline
  24. 24. do not play unless supposed to know the songs inside-out listen to the leader run on time rehearse diligently
  25. 25. roles (it’s not all about you)
  26. 26. worship leader music director musicians new recruits PA team // media team // strange people who like hanging around
  27. 27. location (you can never have enough change) date (or can you?) purpose (sunday only)
  28. 28. (special events) special rehearsals
  29. 29. run to a plan
  30. 30. run to a plan before the rehearsal
  31. 31. friday send out song list saturday practice/learn sunday practice/learn monday practice/learn tuesday rehearsal thursday practice friday practice saturday practice sunday church (x3)
  32. 32. “rehearsal” not to learn songs
  33. 33. before tuesday WL & MD confer
  34. 34. run to a plan during the rehearsal
  35. 35. (prior activities) 7.15 arrive/setup 7.30 start (all arrived) word // praise reports prayer requests // prayer 7.xx start musical rehearsal 9.30 end
  36. 36. musical rehearsal led by MD intro (theme // song order // links // structure) focus as appropriate send out plans via email afterwards record if necessary
  37. 37. introducing new songs
  38. 38. things that make this work known arrangements availability of mp3, chords
  39. 39. team worship nights
  40. 40. but what about...
  41. 41. but what about... new arrangements practicing new technique learning new songs youth band training new members auditioning mentoring
  42. 42. but...
  43. 43. but... i don’t enjoy rehearsals it’s such a chore we don’t do interesting new stuff our band isn’t as good as yours we struggle to arrange stuff people never turn up on time
  44. 44. (the punchline) effective rehearsals purposeful & intentional from a servant attitude disciplined responsibility of all team members require forward planning
  45. 45. question // what can you change to make your rehearsal more effective?
  46. 46. Q A& ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Pete Goodliffe @petegoodliffe pete@goodliffe.net
  47. 47. @petegoodliffe pete@goodliffe.net goodliffe.blogspot.com www.goodliffe.net
  48. 48. BUMPHDULL, but important ★ THIS DOCUMENT WAS CREATED BY PETE GOODLIFFE IT IS COPYRIGHT // © 2013 PETE GOODLIFFE >> ALL RIGHTS RESERVED >> ALL THOUGHTS ARE OWNED >> PHOTOS AND IMAGES ARE SOURCED FROM sxc.hu & explodingdog.com THANK YOU FOR READING// I HOPE IT WAS USEFUL Version 1.0 2013-06-23
  49. 49. BUMPHimage credits ★ all comics from www.explodingdog.com (which is possibly the best website in the known universe)

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