Harmony isn't for worship leaders. Oh yes it is.

Occasionally we get a request for a remote control tool for Harmony. Most often it's so that someone on the platform can run Harmony. 

What I've heard repeatedly is something along the lines of "well, we're not big enough to have a media person so I or one my singers need to advance the slides." Now while producing an iPhone remote control for Harmony is on our roadmap, let me discourage this line of thought.

If this is you, you don't have a media problem, you have a volunteer problem. 

Failing to find a single person to volunteer for one of the most rewarding, and dare I say it, sexiest jobs in church should make you think twice about how you're approaching the problem. If you're finding children's church volunteers, finding a media person is easy. Where else do you get to work with cool video software and have moment after moment of visual (worship) gratification?

Being the media person requires a certain amount of care. The choice of backgrounds can draw people in or distract depending on how well it’s been chosen. Sometimes the most important skill is simply putting the right thing on the screen at the right time.

The media person is a worship leader.

You are as much a part of the team as the drummer, the sound engineer and the singers. Just as audio is considered important because it's what people hear, the visuals are important cause its what people see and read.

Like other roles on the team you need to learn to work together. The on-stage musicians need to become familiar with the worship leader's body language and cues and so do you. You need to know the music and how each song is constructed. Be prepared, but be ready for anything, cause God dwells in the praises of his people, so only He really knows what's going to happen next. 

Learn your craft. Get really comfortable with the software you use, know it's every strength and weakness. (File bug reports for the weaknesses.) Find out where to get new visual material. Keep learning and push your boundaries.

"The media person" is a job unto itself. With the proper care and practice it can completely enhance the experience for your worshippers.  

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