I wanted to share his reflections on our Easter service, not really to comment further on the Easter service, but because I find his perspective, as a guy running the show (so to speak), really interesting and unique. While they talk about producing the experience and crafting the service quite a bit, I don't encounter much talk online from church tech guys about their actual experience in worship.
Here's what John wrote:
I actually found myself singing and participating in corporate worship. The significance of which I'm sure I can't do justice in describing.
When you're in technical ministry, you rarely - if you're doing it right - have a chance to worship with / like everyone else. You're focusing on the mix, the camera shot, the program flow and what must come next. When you're not actively doing that - your mind is conditioned to run those scenarios anyway. More often then not as a technical guru you will find yourself in a worship settings with your mind flipped to a position where you examine, critique, and observe everything about the worship... without actually engaging in worship. As a leader in technical ministry we teach people that their paradigm of how they worship changes with this particular role of servant hood. Instead of worshiping with their voice and hands lifted, they give their offering in their talents that they use to make worship happen. Having said all that - I cannot express how personally gratifying it was to sing, smile, and praise my risen King last night. I can count on two hands the number of times that has actually happened in 10 years of technical ministry.
Josh, our worship pastor, has also talked before about being a part of worship bands and worship sets that are so focused on the performance, on the production, on whatever, that they effectively must remove themselves from the actual experience of worship. He is passionate about eliminating that obstacle for those who play on the Element stage.
Would be interested in other music/production/tech perspectives . . .