Before I get too far into this series, I want to clarify something from the start: I’m not saying what many churches are doing is necessarily wrong. I do think we need to spend the time really digging into the reasons why we do it.
What makes for a great rock show? Let’s see…
- A great band. There are some bands that record well, but don’t translate live. They obviously have a great producer in the studio, but they can’t replicate the dozens of takes in the studio live in one take on stage.
- A great band with a great frontman. A band’s singer is usually the face of the group. The better he can work a crowd, the better the performance, which can translate into a skyrocketing reputation for the band, which can lead to greater ticket and CD sales/iTunes downloads.
- A great support team. From the equipment guys to guitar/drum techs to the sound guys, all of the background people are just as important as the band. Without them, the band (no matter how good) will sound like crap.
- A great production. U2 is known globally for the spectacle of their concerts. Most people I know who went to a U2 concert this year commented more about the stage production (the audio/visual stuff) than they did the actual music. STP’s stage production was really cool. It wasn’t over done, and the focus was still on the music. But it was definitely orchestrated. A lot of time, thought, and effort was put into that show.
What (in the eyes and minds of many church planters and attenders) makes for a great church? You figure it out. If you need any help, I’ll give you some hints tomorrow.