1. Have a clear plan and practice it personally ahead of time.
- Think through the flow of your transitions.
- Think through the things you will speak and pray. Rehearse those if necessary.
- Keep most of the set simple, unless you have plenty of time and a high-quality talent pool. Hey it could happen.
2. Use Planning Center On Line to communicate ahead of time with your team. Using PCO helps your team be better prepared musically so they can focus more spiritually.
3. Have music copies printed for the singers and players.
- Yes this is obvious for everyone except …. you know who ….
- It also helps to have notes and a road map (if necessary) written on the song chart itself.
- Don’t let everybody get their own random chart off some internet site (yes I’ve heard of this happening) .
4. Plan to make it easy for the team to know what’s going on and how to follow you.
- This includes the audio-visual technicians as well as musicians.
- Give clear, simple direction, like “We’ll double the chorus after the 2nd verse and repeat it after the bridge …”
- Do not close your eyes, get lost in the wonder and burn up most of your rehearsal time on 1 song.
- Also, don’t go overboard and micro explain every little thing. Let it be intuitive and easy to anticipate.
5. Plan to start and end the rehearsal with prayer.
- I prefer to plug-in, tune-up, get a quick line check, then have a short prayer.
- All of that should take about 5-7 minutes.
- It is amazing how much better things go when we pause and pray first.
- Leave enough time after rehearsal to have quality prayer. I confess I frequently have not done well with this.
6. Plan to have fun.
- Being tense, fussy, uptight or fearful just isn’t enjoyable for you or your team.
- Playing and leading worship is one of the most joyful activities we get to do on this planet. So bring your “A game” and have a good time.
- Encourage a culture of debriefing the rehearsal and service after each.
- What was good?
- What could be better?
- Was anything unclear or missing?
- Celebrate the win
- Especially try to stop and pray with your team afterwards
- Give thanks to the Lord for his grace that day.