Indianapolis, Indiana is getting ready for the Superbowl and I’m seeing it everyday. Working in downtown Indy, I see the street renovations, the cleanup projects, and the transformation of part of the Lucas Oil Stadium parking lot from a parking lot to a media tent city.
Everyone is bringing their A-game. The city of Indianapolis is spending millions in improvement projects. Businesses are fixing up their store-fronts. Hoosiers want the city of Indianapolis, and the state of Indiana, to shine when the spotlight hits come February.
But there is a problem
There are a couple of problems;
- Improvement results in traffic delays. A major road through downtown Indy was redesigned so that it went from a four lane road one way street to a three lane street in order to create an enhanced sidewalk through downtown. Traffic was packed there before…even more so now.
- Parking hassles. Downtown parking lots which were typically not full by 9am are now full and people working in downtown Indy have to get to work earlier to park in their regular spot. This is a result of the increased workforce in downtown Indy on all the projects and staffing increases.
- Road closure. There will be road closures and detours during the weekend of the Superbowl, possibly even before.
Problems, inconveniences, call them what you will but they show preparing and hosting the Superbowl isn’t without difficultly.
Is Your Audio Ministry Superbowl Ready?
Driving past Lucas Oil Stadium this morning, I asked myself the question, “if my church was hosting a major event, would my audio ministry be ready to handle it?”
A Superbowl-sized event for your audio team might include;
- Renting extra audio equipment such as wireless microphones and an even a larger mixer.
- Adding a spot for a separate monitor mixer. Imagine a band coming in and transforming your sanctuary from a simple audio setup to a complex one complete with a separate monitor mixing board.
- Installing extra equipment like choir microphones. You never needed them before, but in a month they will be a necessity!
And there will be problems like your mixer with the four bad channels will need to be fixed or replaced because the stage will be using all 24 channels at once.
And then you have to have a plan B. Your weekend of Christian Worship music will be great until one of your floor monitors goes out. You’ll want to have a backup on hand or a place you know you can get one ASAP. And what if your mixer goes out? You’ll definitely need a plan for that.
Take this one point to heart
Looking at the preparation of Indianapolis, for the Superbowl, there is one fact that sticks out. Some of the work could have been avoided. Some of this is maintenance work such as fixing sidewalks. And who knows how many interior problems are being fixed such as leaky plumbing!
How many little problems could you fix today? How many cables should be replaced? What pieces of equipment need to go in for service? What maintenance steps should you take to get your audio ministry Superbowl-ready, not to mention getting it to where it should be all along? No matter how small your church, your audio ministry (equipment included) should be all that it can be.
Questions: What could you do this weekend to take your ministry one step closer to being Superbowl-ready?