Better Than Broadway: Six Service Planning Tips
Have your services become too cut and dry, trying to fill holes because they’ve always been there?
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Broadway has it easy.
A group of highly creative and technical people invest a few years putting together a single three-hour program that repeats every single day (sometimes multiple times a day) for years. Take the show Cats, for example. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber began writing Cats in 1977. It first premiered on Broadway in 1981, after four years of planning, and it ran on Broadway for 18 years. During its lifetime, the total number of performances on Broadway nearly hit 7,500 shows before its final farewell.
You and I get five days (for some, it’s shorter because of meetings, rehearsals, etc.) to plan for a single one-hour service, before we’re given another five days to plan a whole new service. It’s basically the exact almost opposite schedule for planning. Broadway has it easy, compared to the church when it comes to service planning.
We as the church, have a greater benefit to mastering the art of service planning. As someone who has served in Youth Ministry for years on a weekly basis and lead production in countless events, conferences and conventions, here are a few tips to improving the quality of our service planning process.
Tools, Not Templates
I would imagine most of you use a planning software like Planning Center Online, Worship Planning or Quick Worship. All of these are great tools that should make planning easier. But my friend Nancy Beech, creative arts author and speaker, maintains that we must be careful allowing the template to have too much reign over our services and service planning.
Have your services become too cut and dry, trying to fill holes because they’ve always been there? For some, in your congregation, the lack of repetition may help connect them with God in a deeper manner and avoiding a template will help you achieve this goal in service planning more often.
People Shouldn’t Be Automated
I’m a firm believer in relationships. There are two ways to imagine your team when you begin to schedule volunteers and plan the “staffing” for Sunday morning. You can play checkers or chess. Both use the same board, but the pieces have drastically different meanings. In the game of checkers all the pieces are the same, however in chess, most of the pieces have unique strengths. In order to win in the game of chess, a leader has to leverage the specific strengths of each piece individually.
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