At many churches today, the level of production value rivals many other live shows. The bar has been raised over the years to the point where the types of equipment and the people operating them can play in just about any arena.
If our gear is the same, and the quality of people’s ability is the same, is there really a difference between doing production outside the church and doing it for the church? Are we just facilitating a “show” at church or is there something deeper?
For the sake of this particular post, I’d like to quote Jesus from the book of John to explain the difference people should notice between a production team with a Christ-centered approach and one that isn’t:
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
I don’t know about you, but this verse doesn’t jump out as the first verse I think of to describe any production ministry at a church. Production as a people group is not well known for this idea of love. We are however known for cynicism, passive-aggressive behavior, and the infamous one-syllable answer “no”.
What would our teams look like if this verse were more the norm? What if the production team at your church set the pace for loving one another?
How do we get from where we are to this lofty idea of loving each other?
It can be as “simple” as treating each other with respect. To go out of your way to serve the needs of the people on stage. To respond in every situation with grace. To assume the best of others first.
Loving one another is not easy. It is much easier to just tolerate people. This can lead to bitterness and can break down relationships. Technical artists and creative artists working together can be challenging enough without the added layer of barely tolerating each other.
We both need each other. We have a chance to change the world by using our gifts in combination…together. Our impact can be exponential if we can figure out how to love one another.
What would your church look like if the production team was known for the love they showed to each other and to the people they came into contact with?