In the era of contemporary worship culture, we tend to focus on pedalboards, high-tech stages, and highlight reels instead of what really matters – our hearts. Often as worship leaders, our congregations do not see all the effort that goes into preparing for Sunday. They do not get to see their worship team praying over their church leaders, their congregations, and themselves. They don’t get to see the individual team members in their homes listening to worship songs, reading scripture, praying, and sitting in silence to bring their hearts into a heart for worship.
Before I get into some of the lessons I have learned when mentoring church media teams, I thought it might be helpful to give you some history on why I am passionate about this and why I started Media Mentoring, my mentoring church media teams consulting group.
Many churches use video testimonies to tell powerful stories of redemption and restoration. These personal stories work best when the interviewer and interviewee know each other well. Because a friend conducting the interview allows for greater vulnerability. But oftentimes a friend isn’t experienced in this craft. So below is a checklist to train and prepare unseasoned interviewers to create dynamic videos.
Working with creatives is a new experience for many church leaders. Some will find working with creatives energizing and satisfying, others may find managing church creatives challenging. If you are bumping up against frustrations as you interact with your worship director, video director, or creative arts ministry director, it’s probably due either to a lack of understanding of how creative people are “wired” and how to work with them, or you might need to employ different leadership styles to gel as a team and experience the best results for your staff and your church.