7 Tips For Better Rehearsals

With the exploding creativity of weekly church gatherings most churches rely on the worship and production teams to bring a solid and excellent experience. Here are some things that you can do this weekend to take your rehearsal time’s to the next level:

  • Be prepared. The band and vocalists have spent all week (hopefully) practicing and preparing their parts. One of the worst things you can do as the leader is show up unprepared. You need to have command of the songs in order to have a solid rehearsal. It isn’t about knowing every player or vocalists parts; but knowing each songs arrangement is crucial.

TIP: communicate the difference between practice (time spent personally preparing) and rehearsal (when our personal efforts from the week come together).

  • Cadence is key. This is something that one of my former worship pastors at had taught me over the years. “The flow and rhythm at which you lead rehearsals has a huge impact on the overall rehearsal experience and it’s productivity.” Don’t camp on one song too long. If something needs fixing then address it and move on. Allow appropriate time for each song/service element and maximize your time together.

TIP: have a central clock that’s visible to everyone in the room.

  • Adjust rehearsal times based on the material. If your Saturday service is at 5pm and your worship set is 2–3 songs chances are you don’t need a 12pm arrival time. Honor your teams time commitment.

TIP: create a rundown/schedule for the day.

  • Greet the band. As the worship leader or band director you need to be the first person on the stage and the last to leave. This communicates that you’ve put thought into the experience and are anticipating the bands arrival. One of the most important times for me and my band is the 15–20 minutes before down beat connecting, catching up, and being fools together.

TIP: have the lights on and music playing; be intentional about the environment because YOU get to…

  • Set the tone. Model the results you want out of your team. Your words and actions carry great weight with your team, who are always watching by the way.
  • Honor the production team. Did you know that the audio, lighting, video, and stage teams play a HUGE role in your weekend? The sound, feel, look, and transitions are all a team effort. Level the playing field and empower your production teams in front of your band; celebrate them for who they are and what they do with you!
  • Celebrate wins. Did your vocalist just absolutely nail that harmony? Make sure they know it. Did your drummer and bass player just lock into the pocket so well you thought they were conjoined twins? Tell them. Words of affirmation are huge, especially for artists.

TIP: Gratitude is more than just action; it’s an atmosphere you get to create and foster!

One last thing to remember is that you can never over communicate. Set expectations before sound check even starts; use Facebook groups, text message threads, and Planning Center Online to keep everyone on the same page.

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