What is technically transparent worship? I’m not the first to use the term. I’ve been thinking about this lately, having visited a number of churches and observing how they handle a service.
Technically transparent worship means someone coming into your church for either the first or the 1,000th time will not encounter technical or artistic issues that interfere with providing them a total, enveloping, immersive worship experience that prepares their mind and soul to be impacted by God. This is an ideal or a mission statement, if you will.
Too many times, I see churches say they want to do this but don’t want to go through the planning pains necessary to achieve this goal. Notice, I said this is an achievable goal. But only with hard work, planning and practice. Not to mention commitment from the entire service team, starting with the pastor, going through to the worship leader and their team, and the technical team.
Painful? Absolutely. If you’re not already at this level then expect some pain and discomfort leaving your comfort zone.
Here are the seven steps for developing technically transparent worship:
- Vision Casting
- Repeat steps 1-6
Step 1: Vision Casting
Vision Casting is when the team responsible for the church service environment determines how the environment should be set up to reflect the message that is going to be given. Vision casting starts with the pastor explaining what the content of the sermon is about and what the main point of the message is.
Bottom line: WHAT DO WE WANT THE CONGREGATION TO TAKE AWAY AND RETAIN? Once the team (pastor, worship leader, technical leader, design leader) understands what the point of the message is that’s when the fun begins.
It’s the pastor’s responsibility (it’s their sermon after all) to determine what the main point of the service is supposed to be. Then, communicate that to the team members as early as possible. Note to Pastors: it isn’t a good idea to do this Friday and expect the team to be able to put together something wonderful and polished for Sunday.
Start out small. Vision cast the entire sermon series first. It’s usually easier to do it at a series level anyway. That way the congregation will have a specific theme across multiple Sundays. Cast it as early as possible and cast it as often as possible. Start thinking about the process for each sermon series even up to a year out. Don’t worry that things will change as the dates get closer. That’s a natural progression and to be expected.
Next Up, Planning.
Thought? Questions? Comments?