"What do I do when the pastor forgets to turn on his wireless microphone?" – this is a common question I receive. Having been in this position, there are a few steps that can be taken to prevent this problem from ever occurring as well as
minimizing the problem when it does occur.
First, check that it's not something on your end. As you are asking the question, I'm assuming you already know that but let me explain. One time I walked into church on a Sunday morning and another one of the tech guys was at church early and had free time so he set up the stage for me. When the pastor started the service, there was no sound from the wireless. His channel was on and up so I thought he forgot to turn it on.
In actuality, the other sound tech had turned on all of the components except the wireless receiver. As I saw "everything" was on and the wireless mic was gone, I thought everything was good to go. While I should have caught this in the
sound-check portion of the morning, I didn't. I'm human. So always check power to your components.
Establish a Process
The morning during the sound check, I replace the wireless battery if needed and test the volume level. Right before the service starts, I make sure the wireless channel is muted and I give the pastor the wireless microphone with the power turned on. This way he doesn't have to worry about turning it on. This will prevent most problems. :)
Sometimes, for a reason known only to the pastor, he decides to turn off the wireless microphone after I give it to him. It's rare, but it happens. If he starts talking without turning it back on, I just hold up an 8×11 piece of paper with big letters that say "TURN MIC ON."
Note some receivers show you when the transmitter is on or off so you can catch the person before they take the stage.
Wireless issues such as this are typically the result of a process issue. By starting a standard process for handling the pastor's wireless microphone, from sound check to handing it to him with the power on, the chance of stage goofs is reduced.
What bad experience have you had with a wireless mic mishap? What process works for you?