I’m a worship nerd-tech-geek. I freely admit that.
I love the intersect of worship and music with all things tech. And it’s only getting better.
I can remember when PowerPoint and a projector were about as high tech as you could get. Now we’ve got presentation software, triple wide screens, and environmental projection. We’ve got computers on the stage, lighting sequences, and worship loops.
Technology has really improved how we worship. And I love it.
As a worship leader, I’m always looking for the next greatest piece of technology that will help take my team to the next level without getting too technical. And I think I’ve came across a new platform that can transform any worship band.
Musicians are a funny breed. All very similar yet entirely different. As a worship pastor, I am always trying duplicate and replicate the worship songs we lead while still maintaining our own unique voice. And this applies to vocalists, drummers, and guitarists.
I’m a self taught guitarist. I took a couple of lessons in Jr. High but I was more interested in playing rock songs instead of ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy!’ So I dropped out.
Music, for me, is a feeling and an emotion. I resonate with it and it moves me. There are times when I can sit down, listen to a song, and immediately start picking out each part. I can read music if I have to, but I’d rather just hear it and play it.
But not everyone is like that. Most folks need specific notes, tabs, or resources to learn their music. As the leader of a worship ministry, I am always trying to resources my band. And this costs money.
This isn’t a problem if you’ve got the extra cash to spend, but most of us are on tight budgets and this means we must get creative.
We all want that extra punch to our kick drum don’t we? How many times do we walk away from a concert or even another church thinking,
‘I wish our drums sounded like that?’
I know I’m constantly critiquing and tinkering with our sound system to know end. Everything from adding an 18 inch subwoofer, crossover, and in-ear monitors.
And if I’ve come to learn one thing it’s simply this: A good drummer with a great drum mix can take your your worship band to a whole new level!
What do you do?
We’ve all been there before, right?
What do you do when rehearsal gets cancelled?
We as leaders don’t like to reschedule or cancel our practices do we? We are carrying a heavy weight on our shoulders that deserves our utmost attention and to be quite honest, I don’t like the pressure of pulling everything together on Sunday morning.
Here’s the scenario:
You’re using this right?
If you haven’t heard of Planning Center Online then you must be living under a rock. Okay, maybe that’s a little too harsh, but if you are involved in ministry, especially worship and arts ministries, you have no excuse not to be using this amazing full featured software.
I use it almost daily for planning songs, worship sets, scheduling, emailing, organizing, and planning. It is at the core of my ministry and I don’t know where I’d be with out it. In fact, when the internet crashes, I find myself a little lost?!
Without going into much detail, I thought I would list my Top 5 Favorite Features of Planning Center Online.