Tough Night & Lessons Learned

Wow!

I have to say this was one of the toughest setup nights we have in a while – it reminds me to say “thank you” to all of you out there who serve at UC. You folks are amazing. We have refined the setup process to take about an hour and 15 minutes. Tonight was just short of 3 hours. I think Freddy got some video of setup that we should be putting on the web soon so you guys can see what we do each weekend to set up for UC.

I told Pastor Tim tonight that it’s too bad we’re not launching a church again, b/cc there have been a lot of lessons learned that others would benefit from hearing.

For example:

-Storage sheds that store thousands of pounds of chairs, portable staging, and other equipment should always have extra support – never go cheap on the materials!
-Don’t make your own projector stands – buy the ones pre-made online. If you are going to build your own, I can tell you 2 examples that don’t work and one that does.
-Power conditioners on a sound system may not seem necessary, but that’s an $80 investment you’ll always appreciate without ever knowing it – b/c that buzz in the monitors may just push you to the edge of your sanity.
-If you find running an S-Video cable around your entire room necessary for your media, you WILL need a signal amplifier, and oddly enough, and sometimes those cables may actually need to be grounded
-Get a media system from the get-go. Investing in a program like SongScreen can save you tons of headaches in the long run with accidental video stops and being unable to flex on the order of songs/lyrics.
-Just because people are a great fit your team, doesn’t mean that’s the final place where they’ll land. We’ve had the awesome opportunity of having Ray LeGrand as a vocalist, but we know over coming weeks, he and his wife will be more and move involved in Children’s ministry, which is fantastic. Our drummer Freddy is about to take over all of the media side of things at UC.
-Don’t wait for people to volunteer, call and ask them. With 1,000 people in your church, there are plenty to volunteer, but with a church launch, you can wear out the same people doing all the stuff.

I’ve got other lessons learned – but we’ll save them for later this week. I can promise you this – launching a church is an amazing journey that will challenge you, and it will break you or make you. You’ll love it, or you’ll hate it, and I love it!

To the months and years ahead UCers – GOOD TIMES!

mjd

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