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My Production Team Training Guide

My Production Team Training Guide

This season has been so exciting as we’re getting closer and closer to the launch of our new church. Very exciting…but also very BUSY as we’ve been preparing all of the little details that go into a new church plant. One of the areas where I have been focused most in these past few weeks has been assembling a group of volunteers for our Production Team. After a season of recruiting and technical training, I gathered all of them together this week for a time of discussing vision, guidelines, Sunday schedule, and communication paths for our team. Today, I thought I’d share with you document that we created for this training.

Some things to keep in mind:

•  Page 1-4 were used strictly for Production, but last two pages were used across all teams.
•  We have church in a movie theater, so our setup starts early.
•  “Team Chapel” serves as both an abridged dress rehearsal, as well as a place for volunteers who work in other areas (Kids, Parking) to enjoy a Sunday service.
•  “Team Cafe” is an area where volunteers are served breakfast each week and connect with others.
•  We use Planning Center Online for all of our team and service scheduling.
•  We use GroupMe for basic communication during the week and on Sunday mornings.

Feel free to use this document in your church. You can download a PDF of this training guide here.

Piedmont Chapel - Production Team Training Guide

Piedmont Chapel - Production Team Training Guide

Piedmont Chapel - Production Team Training Guide

Piedmont Chapel - Production Team Training Guide

Piedmont Chapel - Production Team Training Guide

Piedmont Chapel - Production Team Training Guide

Does your church have a document like this for your Production Team or just volunteers in general? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter at @CreativePastor!

Inspiration: Elevation Worship on Leadership

Elevation Worship on Leadership from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

If there is one area where God is stretching me most right now, it’s in developing a healthy Production Team at our church. It’s not always easy to trust others with the areas that are important to you. However, the secret to organizational growth is to raise up other leaders. I loved hearing Wade’s heart for this tough task and will likely revisit this video often for encouragement. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

How would you rank your current ability to raise up leaders in your area of ministry?

Five Creative Ministry Tips: 8/14/2014

5 Creative Ministry Tips - August 14th, 2014

#CrtvMinTip’s are back! Every week, we’re excited to share a five-pack of useful tips for those serving in creative ministry. Each Thursday, we post practical advice on topics such as media, social networking, design, and marketing. While these tips may be simple, they have the potential to radically improve your church. These images are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ready, so help us spread the word by sharing them with your followers!

A great way to create unity between your on-screen content and printed materials is to use the same font for your lyrics as your bulletin. Lead pastors, your personal social media accounts are just as important as your church's. They allow your influence to spread outside of Sunday.Avoid filling your entire screen with lyrics or scripture. Stick to 3-4 lines and leave breathing room for your text. Facebook is an incredible tool for reaching your community. But, just like any other outreach, it costs money. Don't be afraid to spend money to reach people. Be flexible on Sundays. Changes are going to happen in live production. Approach them with open-mindedness, calmness, and professionalism.

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The Right Way To Handle Church Media Fumbles

The Right Way To Handle Church Media Fumbles

I’m one of those weird people who rarely dream at night. Seriously – we’re talking nearly once every six months here. I’ll often hear my friends telling funny stories of the silly circumstances that their subconscious cooked up in their dreams. Sometimes they’ll even share their eerie nightmares that followed a late dinner of Chinese takeout. But, that’s not me.

On the rare occasion that my subconscious constructs a story that plays out as I sleep, it’s usually about a church media fumble. That’s right. I have nightmares about things going wrong on Sunday morning with production.

It may be a video freezing in the middle of playback, a click track skipping, or accidentally pressing the Live Video button in ProPresenter (which then defaults to the webcam and shows my embarrassed face to the entire audience).


As I examine these nightmares, one thing stands out to me about myself. I can get WAYYYY too focused on my media being flawless. Church media shouldn’t be about the pursuit of perfection, but about building a team that uses their talents to enhance Sunday services for others. Sure, it’s okay to strive for error-less services. But, when is the last time you kept your “scorecard” on your team’s wins, rather than how many mistakes you made in a service?

A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to shadow the production team at the Auburn campus of Church of the Highlands. It was there that I first caught a glimpse of a healthy way to approach mistakes in live production. On this particular weekend, they were experiencing a lot of heavy rainfall and it was slowing down their internet connection quite a bit. A solid connection is vital to the flow of their services because they are an extension site that projects a live video feed from their main campus in Birmingham.

In the three services that I joined them for that Sunday, they experienced trouble with the live feed in each service. To make matters worse, the one safety net that they have established for this, a hard drive with a recording of the earlier service, was malfunctioning for the first time in campus history. Let me be clear here—I would have been freaking out.

In the midst of all of these chaotic circumstances, their team kept level heads. While they may not have been able to prevent some problems, they worked hard to make all of the areas that they could control right. In fact, to sit back and watch their team come together in those moments was really incredible. Rather than cussin’ and fussin’ as it’s easy to do in the heat of those moments, they communicated calmly and executed their tasks with precision. When mistakes were made, they quickly picked themselves up and encouraged each other to keep moving forward. In a day filled with stress, I even saw them highfiving each other when things would go right.

Have you ever celebrated what went right with your media on Sunday morning?

At the conclusion of my shadowing, I spent a few minutes with the team’s leader, Marc Johnson. He shared with me a very simple, but profound truth. Their production booth is located in a very visible area in the back of their auditorium. If their team was to outwardly express whenever things were going wrong, everyone in the room would take notice. Not only is the worship team and campus pastor looking directly to them, but the entire audience can see them. If they will keep a level head when things are going wrong, everyone else will, too.

He also shared with me a great silver lining of publicly making fumbles. When everything is going great with production, potential volunteers assume they aren’t needed. Sometimes the smallest mistakes on a Sunday morning will prompt newcomers that help is needed and they’ll make a move to start volunteering. While it’s never intentional that a mistake is made, this has inspired many people to get involved in his time there. (They have a current rotation of around 40 production volunteers.)

Overall, you must realize that perfection is impossible. What’s important is that you always work to nurture an atmosphere of excellence, while still providing the grace necessary to make fumbles and learn from them.

Learn from your mistakes. Be proud of your accomplishments. More than anything else, understand the importance of what you do for the Kingdom.

Free Motion of the Month – August ’14

Free Motion of the Month

This month, we’ve partnered with the awesome Church Motion Graphics to bring you a custom motion that’s going to look great in your services. I love this background because it stands out from a lot of the other motions that I’ve seen lately and can work in a number of environments.

This freebie is only available for the month of August 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

To get this free motion, simply subscribe to receive our weekly email newsletter. You’ll receive your download link via email within the hour.

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