Wednesday Night Worship
Sometimes smaller is better.
I served at a church in Florida that rarely saw more than 200 people in weekly attendance, so when I first arrived at Church on the Move 7 years ago I was giddy about the size and scope of what went on here. The typical weekend personnel set up typically looked like this:
6 = number of singers on stage
7 = number of band members on stage
25 = number of choir on stage
38 people took the stage each weekend. Compared to my previous situation that was BIG! And that wasn’t just the weekend. That was Wednesday night as well.
If you’ve read my previous blogs and/or been to our conferences you know how much of a premium we put on rehearsal and preparation for each weekend service. The problem with doing a BIG Wednesday night service was that we could in no way put the in the same amount of effort that it took to pull off a weekend. Plus, the midweek crowd just seemed, to me at least, to be of a totally different mindset - just getting off work, grabbing a quick bite to eat, then settling in to hear our pastor teach. After a few weeks on the job here I felt that the “BIGness” of that service just seemed out of place.
Through the years we have been scaling back the worship on Wednesday nights to make it feel more like a small group (even though we have around 1200 in the room), gathering for a couple of songs and to hear our pastor(s) dig a little deeper into the Word than they would normally would on the weekend.
The result has been a bit of fresh air for me and my musicians. The music is way less produced and has a real sense of spontaneity, giving us a chance to do something totally different than what we do on the weekends. Now our personnel looks more like this:
1 = number of singers
4 = number of musicians
Typically we use a Rhodes, bass, kick-djembe, acoustic guitars combo. This gives us the flexibility to take some of our most popular songs to a different place. It also puts more of an emphasis on the voices in the room and the night becomes a sing-a-long. Usually we never do more than 2 songs and rehearsal is limited to 30 minutes.
Also, on Andrew’s side of things, Wednesday nights serve as a great training ground for future production volunteers and increasing the experience of his staff by putting them in a different position than the weekend.