We've all been there.
The song started out great. The band was feeling it. The congregation was engaged. It felt like something bigger was occurring.
But then, all of a sudden.... it happened.
Maybe it was the drummer got a little too excited on a fill. Maybe the guitarist took too long to switch from one chord to the next. Maybe the vocalists didn't come in on the chorus when they should have.
But no matter what caused it.... the result was catastrophic.
Everybody on the worship team seemed to be playing to a different tempo for the next 30 seconds, and though they finally figured it out & recovered after a minute or two, the damage had been done. A massive distraction had been thrown into the midst of their worship service, yanking the focus of both worship team and congregation alike.
If I were to ask you, "Do you think this worship team was using a click track?", your answer would likely be no.
But do you realize that if you don't use a click track, this very thing could happen to you?
I'm not saying worship teams that use click track avoid 100% of train-wrecks, and I'm not saying worship teams without click track fall apart constantly... but I think we can all agree that adding click track to your worship team can drastically reduce the likelihood of a worship song falling apart.
For those of you not in the know, click track (or metronome) is a ticking rhythmic guide to let you continually know what the tempo is of any given song. It can be summoned from any phone or tablet via a large choice of apps (I personally like Tempo on iOS), or also from a number of apps on a computer.
There are a lot of good reasons why click track will level up the musical excellence of your band... but you'll have to wait for Part II of this post.
There are a bunch of really easy & diverse ways to add click track to your current setup, also... but you'll have to wait for Part III of this post!
For now, I want to focus on one thing: how valuable adding click track to greatly reduce the chances of your worship set falling apart is.
While each worship team has a different makeup and congregation they're ministering to, one thing is for sure: we want to foster an environment of un-distracting excellence so our entire church can fully engage in worshiping the Lord.
Removing as many distractions as possible from our worship service, then, becomes a pretty high priority of mine. That's not to say it is the most important, and that's not to say that removing distractions will equal radical encounters with the Spirit of God. But we owe it to our church to do what we can to not throw giant distractions into their way.
It certainly changes the heart of why we pursue excellence when you look at it that way. By lining up the musicians with the correct tempo at all times, you are greatly improving the odds that you won't have a musical wipe-out moment during your worship set. And for every wipe-out moment you prevent from happening, you potentially allow for your church to press even deeper into worhsiping the Lord.
Let's do what we can and serve our church by upping the excellence and reducing distractions. Start with click track. You'll be glad you did.
We've explored how click track benefits the congregation...
We'll go into how click track benefits the band in Part II of this post.
We'll finally go into the myriad of ways to use & implement click track into your worship setup in Part III.
What about you? Do you have any disastrous wipe-out moments you'd like to share?