Sound Check with Elevation Worship and Cuevas

The single most important experience for promoting musical excellence while bringing worship, pastors and media ministers together in unity and purpose is sound check.

Sound Check with Elevation Worship and Cuevas
Members of the People on a hill team, including Gregory Kayne, left, opened for Elevation Worship during the recent Here & Now Festival in Batavia, New York.
Sound Check with Elevation Worship and Cuevas
Members of the People on a hill team, including Gregory Kayne, left, opened for Elevation Worship during the recent Here & Now Festival in Batavia, New York.

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Kayne WFX 2017

Greg has been a speaker previously at WFX. For 2018, the conference is slated for Orlando in November. We hope to see you there.

The day had finally come.

We arrived to the church early, not to set up, but to load gear for our first road trip only an hour away.

Within a worship relationship, sound check is about clear and meaningful communication from start to finish.

All of our instruments, amps and road cases barely filled the little pull behind trailer. 

After team prayer and last minute checklists – we were off. Our destination? Batavia, N.Y., to open the night for Elevation Worship, in front of a festival of about 2,500 people.

Yikes!

So many things were going through our minds; chords, lyrics, our little group’s mission, how our songs would be received, thankfulness for the amazing opportunity, nervousness, and believe it or not – sound check.

Sound check is the single most important experience for promoting musical excellence while bringing worship, pastors and media ministers together in unity and purpose. It’s not really about making sure the lines are working. It’s not really about getting enough in your monitor. And if you’re a pastor, it’s certainly not about making sure the house SPL meter stays below 90.

It’s about relationship.

Our team has these ideas reinforced constantly.

Within a worship relationship, sound check is about clear and meaningful communication from start to finish. It’s a dance that begins with a bow and curtsy and ends when the worship session ends – not when the rehearsal begins!

I will leave it to you to decide who’s dipping who on the very last note!

The point is, throughout the entire worship experience, it should be your goal that the band, sound team, pastors and your congregation understand one other with perfect clarity, because everyone has something to contribute. Yes, even the congregation can have an effect on where worship goes – if they can be heard clearly.

Ultimately, it’s how the congregation perceives the sound that causes our worship to be reflected and absorbed by both the worshippers and the heart of heaven.

Elevation Worship modeled this on that day. As our little worship collective pulled up to the huge outdoor stage, the well-known group was engaged in hour number two of a lengthy sound check. See my Worship Tech Director article, written on October 20, 2016: WTD “God Requires a 2-hour Sound Check”.

It was a beautiful thing to see!

Every member of the group was quietly and tirelessly holding a hand in the air communicating to the sound team, with a point of the finger, if the instrument or voice should go up or down in their IEM.


More About Gregory Kayne
Gregory Kayne has more than 25 years of experience in communication, media production and worship leading. He is a ministry development coach, author​ and conference speaker. Contact him directly at www.gregorykayne.com.
Get in Touch: gskolaski@bethelroc.com    More by Gregory Kayne

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