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Creative Conversations #1: Preparation

1 February, 2018 by Luke Taylor

Hey Team,

I hope you are having an amazing week and seeing the goodness of God in your life like never before!

A large number of people have approached me recently asking questions around cultural values of our team, and how they can grow in their capacity and leadership. So, I thought it might be cool for a season to send out a ‘newsletter/blog’ style email that touches on some practical topics that we can use here on the Creative Team. I hope you find this a helpful and supportive resource as you serve!

Here’s a first attempt and discussion around the topic of Preparation; How do we prepare as a team? Why does your preparation matter? and what is the difference between practice and rehearsal?

1. Practice

This is your personal times of practice at home. Once a song list is added to PCO I’d encourage us all to be living out those songs during the week, sitting at home with the charts provided and learning the parts relevant to our instrument or vocal part.

On the backend, I am doing my best to provide you the resources that help you practice with Alto/Tenor demos, charts, tracks etc. So use these tools to steward and develop your gift.

2. Rehearsals

Each Wednesday our AM teams take the time out of their week to rehearse. Here our team runs each song and works on arrangements. These rehearsals should bring further clarity for how a song list might run on Sunday, of course leaving room for the Holy Spirit to take over!

For our PM teams we have allotted a longer time period Sunday afternoon to rehearse, but our MD and WL will have been communicating any ideas or changes during the week so your home preparation is spent appropriately.

3. Sound Check

Come Sunday AM, our preparation should leave us confident with the songs so the morning’s focus can be on getting good sound levels on platform and in FOH. If the time is there we can run all songs once more, but that should not be the expectation.

Sunday is a Sound Check, not Rehearsal.

I’d imagine we have all been in the position where we have felt others on team were unprepared, or even that life has been full and we haven’t been able to give the songs any attention ourselves. But I hope you can hear my heart in saying that good preparation is the desired goal for all of us!

I see our team really stepping out in the coming months with our free worship, I see a team knitted together so tightly that we have each other’s backs in prayer and I see a team whose song and sound will will continue to rise in influence as we press into God. These are seriously exciting days!

The Bible says, ‘Let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good.’ (Gal 6:9) I want to encourage you to prepare your gifts and talents in a way that doesn’t fatigue. This passage goes on to stir us that, ‘every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us.’ We are in this together!

I hope this has been helpful, let me know what topics you think we could touch on in the future! Thanks so much for serving our community and valuing the worship of our House. I wouldn’t want to do this without you.

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