WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST CHRISTMAS CONCERT

11898109-largeFor the first time in over 20 years of worship leading I put on a Christmas concert.

And it was great.

I was overwhelmed with the hard work of our musicians and technicians and grateful so many of our folks showed up to support the concert. As with any new ministry venture, I learned a lot.

EARLY IS WORTH IT
Our band started working on the songs in October. I’ll admit it’s odd to be busting out O Little Town OF Bethlehem before Thanksgiving even arrived, but it was so easy going into December knowing that our musicians were completely familiar with the material.

When the players know their stuff, all that’s left is logistics – mic placement, projection, dress rehearsals, etc. I’m so glad we started so early in the process.

TECHS CAN PLAY
Our church isn’t what you’d call an “attractional” model. We don’t do special Sundays or reconfigure our stage for every sermon series. That means our worship is pretty normal and our players are relatively consistent week-to-week. However, a Christmas concert gave our technicians something they don’t get normally: a chance to have a little fun.

Our lighting tech and sound engineer specifically pulled out all (okay, “some”) of the stops in getting ready for the concert. Our engineer too the opportunity to dial in our effects processors to fit each individual song and I gotta’ say…he made us sound GREAT! Our lighting guy planned very specific cues which helped our narrator be on point with every single part of the concert.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Our church loved the fact that everything was done by “us”. That’s not uncommon for a lot of holiday productions, but for us, it was a big deal that we weren’t hiring some other people to show up and get us in the right spirit for Christmas.

It was a lot of work, but in the end, it was rewarding to know that we created every element of the concert that night.

So, what about next year?

A lot of folks have already asked if we’ll repeat the concert. It’s obviously far too early to decide on that, but I certainly think we learned a lot this go around. And should we do it again, I think we’ll be even better!

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