Last weekend was what we in ministry call “The Super Bowl.”
It was the big weekend – the weekend that the Church across the world remembers and celebrates the death and resurrection of the King of Kings!
Easter is something of a “High Attendance Sunday” where people who would not normally feel compelled to go to church often stop in for their annual visit.
Worship leaders all over brought out the big guns. We held extra rehearsals, added extra musicians, wrote new song arrangements, and more. We wanted it to be the best it could be for the glory of Jesus.
Depending on the type of church we serve in, we may have even thrown in extra video, lighting and set design to add that extra awe factor in setting up the environment for corporate worship.
Yet in the back of the room, the real heroes worked silently without recognition to make sure this all went according to plan. That’s right… underneath the resurrected King Jesus himself, the real heroes of Easter weekend are the production team.
You know – the guys no one notices until something goes wrong? Like janitors who are rarely thought of unless there is a mess.
Even if you’re in a church that has very little production, you’ve got to hand it to these guys. They are often volunteers who work full time jobs and then come up to the church to work through all the extra ideas that we crazy artist types impose upon them.
No matter how hard the musicians work, these guys have the power to ruin everything if they wanted to. At the drop of a hat they could cause that kind of “scream at the top of your lungs and smash a mirror” feedback that every worship leader has nightmares over.
They could mute everything, or crank it and burst everyone’s eardrums.
They could refuse to advance the lyrics slide so that no one can sing along.
We entrust them with an insane amount of power, and yet they choose each week to use that power to lovingly, humbly serve the church that very rarely – if ever – thanks them.
So I wanted to take a moment today and say thank you to all the technical and production volunteers and staff out there.
You are noticed. You are loved. You are appreciated.
We see your long hours. We see your hard work. We know we are not always easy to work with and we see how patient you are with us.
But even more than that, Jesus sees it and he delights in it.
Thank you so much for serving the church the way you do.
Worship Leaders, when’s the last time you thanked your tech team? Make a point of thanking them today, whether verbally or if you have the means, with a card or some token of appreciation.