Just about two and a half years ago, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the Superbowl, gave us a great reminder that regardless of how much money you spend or how much planning you put in, stuff happens.
Duke Dejong · July 10, 2017
It’s a beautiful thing when a church service is firing on all cylinders. The musicians are together and grooving. The vocals are tight, in perfect harmony. Most importantly, the entire congregation is responding with sold out worship.
It’s an amazing experience!
And then it happens.
Your sound system dies. Or the lights stop responding to your console. Or worse yet, you lose power.
Just a little more than two years ago, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world gave us a great reminder that regardless of how much money you spend on production, stuff happens. In case you somehow missed both that game and ALL of the press about it, Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens had just run back a kickoff for a record 108 yard touchdown when power to half of the Louisiana Superdome inexplicably shut off.
Do you have people nearby or at the very least on call who know your systems?
In a matter of minutes, the entire stadium went from celebration to confusion to boredom to frustration. And if this can happen at the Super Bowl, please don’t be naive enough to think it can’t happen at your church. In fact, I’ve had it happen on two different occasions at churches where I’ve been on staff.
There’s no way around it, when something this big happens, there is likely going to be an awkward interruption. You can’t have music suddenly drop out, lights die, (or worse) and expect it go completely unnoticed. But I don’t believe these moments have to be service killers either. In fact, with some advanced planning and quick thinking, I’ve seen these moments become even more impactful than what was happening before things went wrong. Let’s look at some takeaways that can help turn something like this happening in your service into no big deal.