Production Volunteers as Worship Leaders

Matthew Moore explains how it’s not necessary to be on the stage to lead people in worship. Everyone creating the environment for people to lift high the name of Jesus is a worship leader, from the production volunteer to the lead pastor.

Here are some of the main points:

What are we doing? What’s the goal?

For me and my production teams, we try to nail home the fact that they are worship leaders. Yes, they are sitting behind a computer or behind a console or whatever, but there’s no definition anywhere that I’ve found yet that says “worship leader” means on stage, or “worship leader” means the guy that’s speaking or whatever.

All of us in the room that are helping to create the environment that people are coming into, we’re helping lead them into a place of worship. We want them to see that. So when our volunteers understand that that’s who they are it changes the way that they approach what they’re doing. They’re no longer just clicking a mouse. They’re no longer just pushing a fader. They come into it with this sense of purpose. Of, “Okay, I should prepare to the same degree that the person that’s preaching or the person that’s leading worship.”

You know, we use Planning Center, and there’s the ability to go in there and know what songs are going to be played on Sunday and listen to them so that the ProPresenter person knows how the song goes. Right? Y’all have been there. The lyrics are off. You don’t want that to be the case.

You’ve gotta tell them – what’s the goal? What are we trying to accomplish? Who are you? What are you doing? Why are we doing it?

One thing that I’ve definitely learned over the years, I mean I’ve been directing for three and a half years now, but part of production for even longer than that, and you can never cast vision too much. It’s just not possible. I guarantee it. You can do it every time you meet with somebody. You can cast that vision, and it’s always going to yield benefits.

Matthew Moore

About Matthew Moore

Matthew is a disciple, son, husband, and father, as well as the Director of Production at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX.