production team

A View from the Booth

MK Thomason, the author of this post, serves as a member of our Gathering Production Team. For more information about serving opportunities, visit our Serve page.

A Crazy Start

I started volunteering at the Gathering around three years ago simply because I didn’t know anybody in our church family. I tried out a couple different teams before I found my fit–and I’ve been with production ever since. I was involved in service planning at my church before I moved to Columbia, and in other organizations, so I think that I was always going to end up doing production. My first experience on the production team was, quite honestly, terrifying. I got a crash course in ProPresenter (that’s the program that puts the song lyrics and sermon slides on the screen), and then the person training me said “I have to go use the restroom…can you do the first song?”

A Community of its Own

Ever since, then it’s been one of the things I look forward to the most. I absolutely love Sundays when I get to volunteer. I typically run Pro in the 9:00am & 11:15am Gatherings, and it’s one of the only things I will cheerfully get up early to do. I get to sit through soundcheck with the band, so I can learn songs really well (which is actually an asset when you’re the one controlling the words on the screen).

I also get to know the people back in the booth when we work together. There’s usually a solid three or four of us working together on Sunday mornings, and we’ve become really close friends. That’s actually probably the best part of the production team–getting to know everyone.

It’s really cool to be around our pastors and leadership as they prepare because you can really see the heart and the intent behind the sermons and everything we do at our Gatherings. The intentionality and thought that goes into planning our Gatherings is something I really appreciated from the outside, and now get to appreciate from the inside.

Worshiping Through Serving

Helping with production has become such an integral part of my Sunday experience that I sometimes feel strange if I’m not doing it. It may seem weird, but I feel like I’m worshiping at my fullest when I’m back in the booth pressing a little button so everyone can see the lyrics.

If you’re looking for a way to serve and you’d be up for making some new friends, I’d definitely consider the production team. It’s something very cool to be a part of, whether it’s sound or lights or ProPresenter–the production team is just a fantastic thing to be a part of.

We're always looking for people to serve with our Production Team on Sundays. If you're interested in joining the team, you can sign up below.

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Join the Production Team

Every Sunday, a group of people arrive to the Gathering a couple hours early and passionately see to it that all the details and people are in place to make our Sunday Gatherings a success. We love our production team, because they love to lead our family in making our Gatherings happen. But in order to understand why we love our production team, you should know a few other things. We do not consider what we do on Sundays the most important thing we do as a church, but we do take Sundays seriously and desire to see people worship the Lord and come to know Him. With that being the case, we want make every effort to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and clearly communicating the Gospel.

We do not believe that perfect lighting and  a cool graphic on the screen will bring people to Jesus, but we do believe that spending time making those things good will help make an atmosphere for people to feel comfortable at the Gathering. So in every postion from Sound Engineering or fading the lighting, to putting scripture on the screen, we are passionate about our production team.

We would love to have more help in this area, and all areas of production. Since we have two locations and so many Gatherings each Sunday, we are constantly looking for more volunteers to help each week. Here's a list of the available positions:

  • Producer: Oversees all audio/visual elements on Sundays. This person directly oversees and leads all other positions on the Production. They are ultimately responsible for how everything goes during a Gathering.
  • Sound Engineer: Responsible for set-up, sound check, and maintaining comfortable and clear audio levels at gatherings (some experience required).
  • ProPresenter: Responsible for the display of all on-screen elements at Sunday gatherings. This person is in charge of cueing all slides and videos during the services.
  • Lighting Tech: Responsible for stage and crowd lighting at Sunday gatherings. This person works in conjunction with the ProPresenter and the band to make sure that lighting is at comfortable levels depending on the feel of the song/speaker and how much light is necessary for the room.
If you've got a passion for using technology to worship Jesus, and a willingness to learn, we'd love to have you as part of our production team.

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