1 Corinthians 14:1 says “Let love be your highest goal!” The Saddleback Worship team strives to champion that goal within our team in many different ways. Love is a core value. It sets the pace and the standard for everything else. What is a team without love? What is love if we don't communicate it? What is love without action?
I love how the Message translation describes love in 1 John 3:18:
“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality.”
One way we reach for this goal is through intentional information sharing between our creative and technical teams. Preparing and sharing detailed information with one another is a huge way of letting our teammates know “I got you” and allows our actions to express love.
Time and preparation before any weekend service go a long way to show that each part of our team cares about the other. As a leader of our technical team, I know our lighting and audio people feel equipped, valued, and loved when they are getting information in advance from our music directors and worship leaders about content for a worship service. Here are some practical ways we show love to other team members through detailed information.
Let’s take a closer look at the song scans. We love song scans! They are formatted in a very intentional way to clearly communicate featured instruments, lyrics, song flow, and vocal leadership. This document isn't just for the worship leaders to learn the lyrics or know their parts. It is for our audio, lighting, and video team as well.
The audio team benefits by knowing the vocal leadership, and which musician will be playing the featured parts. Lighting now knows the song structure so they can program in advance. Video can plan who to capture for the broadcast and format song lyrics for the screens.
When everyone does their part and studies the information prepared in advance, we see an error-free and tightly knit service. But more importantly, we are freed up to join the worship experience, and we are more available to be present with people. Our eyes can lift up out of the details (that have already been taken care of) and focus on Jesus, the people around us, and any troubleshooting that may come our way. There are fewer mistakes and finger pointing and more ownership and cheering one another on.
This kind of action says collaboration. It says, team. It says, love. Clear communication, accompanied by action builds health. You truly begin to see a team that puts others first and puts love into tangible action.