Are you Ready?


Today was the second week we’ve used a “confidence projector” (at least that’s what I’ve heard it called). The vocalists love it, I loved it last week when I was leading. It keeps the vocalists heads up and away from music stands (which we’re getting closer and closer to banning). But we quickly learned that depending on it is a serious crutch, and it shouldn’t be an excuse for not knowing or learning a song. Once, last week the operator went to a blank screen in the middle of a song that we didn’t know – Emergency! Luckily the words were visible on the side screens (we were doing “If we are the Body” by Casting Crowns). Today we had power issues and blew the right side of the auditorium like 4 times during sound check. All this got me thinking, ‘are we ready for emergencies?’.

I vaguely remember a post flying around about having a contingency plan for worship, so forgive me for the redundancy (but maybe not). But I put together a littl, or rather large list of items that we should have on hand for that “Oh NO!” moment. I’d love to know if you have a similar list, or if you would add things to it:

  • A default worship set to use if: power goes out, band doesn’t show up, computers go down, sound goes down, etc.
    • Lead Sheets, Lyrics saved in computer, Lyrics handouts (in case there are no video screens)
  • Lyrics and Lead Sheets on music stands stored behind the stage in case confidence projector goes down, or plain forgetfulness
  • Audio/Video Signal flow diagram (this would take time to create, but be invaluable for troubleshooting)
  • Extra acoustic guitar
  • Extra pack of strings for acoustic, electric, & bass
  • Extra sets of drumsticks (or 2!)
  • Extra bass guitar (no bass = no drums too!)
  • Extra DI boxes (I’m going to stop typing ‘extra’)
  • Ground lift plugs
  • Gaffers tape
  • White board tape
  • Guitar stands
  • Guitar straps
  • Capos
  • Drum heads
  • Kick pedal (trust me on this one)
  • 9V batteries / AA batteries
  • Light bulbs (stage lights)
  • Projector bulbs
  • VGA cable
  • DVI to VGA converter (for Mac’s)
  • FireWire cables
  • XLR cable & ends
  • Soldering kit
  • Sharpies
  • All kinds of RCA to 1/4″, 1/8″ to RCA, and that kind of stuff…
  • SVIDEO to SVIDEO plug
  • Guitar picks
  • DVD’s
  • CD’s
  • Duct tape

That was my list – I’d say we have about 99% of that stuff. What we really have to work on the worship contingency plan. What about you?

3 thoughts on “Are you Ready?

  1. Vince

    Soldering rig for sure…that has saved us several times. The setup and tear down of a church plant can be rough on your gear.

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