I am a worship leader and I have the blessing to have an amazing relationship with the tech guy in my church. That might be a little unfair though, as he happens to be my husband.
No matter if you are very close or you barely know the tech guy (or gal) in your church, as a worship leader you can always find new ways to serve them – and with them – better. Here are four ideas, I hope they inspire you to always be seeking more:
1. Provide set lists (with the right lyrics)
When you finish a set list, don’t forget to give it to the tech team as soon as you can. Sometimes it seems like every song we sing has at least 3 different versions. Make sure the person in charge of displaying the lyrics has the one you are going to sing. Show him or her you care by providing the lyrics yourself.
2. Include them in the rehearsal
This might not apply for big tech teams, but both of the churches I’ve been part of have just one or maybe two tech guys. That ministry can get pretty lonely. My husband likes to be part of rehearsals, get to listen to the new songs we are practicing, and pray with us.
3. Be attentive at sound check
This one is not exclusive for worship leaders, and you need to stress this point to your whole team. It is not uncommon that when musicians get behind their instrument, they forget the whole world around them. Drummers start playing around with their sticks, guitar players begin showing off their best riffs, chorus girls begin to warm up or to chat with each other.
Tech guys will try to catch the musician’s attention one by one, making sure each member of the team sounds good while everyone else is being noisy. That is completely rude. We need to be respectful and let tech guys work.
4. Encourage them to worship
Tech guys sometimes can feel like they miss worship time at church. They are fixing weird noises, making sure nothing is too loud or too quiet, or focusing on showing the right slide on time. The thing is, they are not missing worship, they are worshiping just as much as the lead singer. Remind them of this from time to time, thanking them for serving and worshiping God alongside you.
These are only 4 of the many ways worship leaders can serve tech people at church.