Do i have to have experience to serve on the Production Team?

No experience required to serve on this team. Many of our volunteers have started on the team with little to no experience and now operate at a high capacity. We ask that you maintain a good and teachable attitude, and stay committed to learning the craft.

How often do your weekend volunteers serve?

Production team members typically serve once every third or fourth week depending on their position. Because of the impact the production has on the services at all of our campuses, we ask certain positions to serve the entire weekend. There are some positions on the team that serve on either Saturday or Sunday.

What does a typical weekend look like?

Saturday:
230 Sound and Programming Team call time
300 Video Team arrival or “Call Time”, Team meets in Production Control
(Production Admin notifies team if any changes to call time on Thursday before weekend.)
300-315 Production meeting
315-515 Worship rehearsal
515-530 Refreshments
530-550 Greet people in lobby
550 At places
600-730 Service
730-740 Team debrief

Sunday:
730 Sound and Programming Team call time
800 Team arrival or “Call Time”, Team meets in Production Control
800-810 Production meeting
810-830 Sound/Gear Check
830-850 Greet people in lobby
850 At places
900-1030 Sercice
1030-1045 Breakfast
1050 At places
1100-1230 Service
1230-1240 Team debrief

How do you organize volunteers? 

We formulate an open rotation (as opposed to “fixed” teams) each month using the online production scheduling software Planning Center Online. There's also a tech schedule created every week that serves as a roadmap to Saturday and Sunday morning programming elements.

How do you train your volunteers?

There are three main components to our training. First, we rely heavily on mentor-apprentice relationships between veteran volunteers and new trainees. A new volunteer will shadow and train alongside one of our seasoned “pros” before going solo. Secondly, we use an on-the-job review environment where a given team will meet between services to watch a recording, then evaluate and discuss the previous performance. The third component is training sessions that will occur during the year with specific teams to dive deeper into that area of production.

How many production volunteers serve each Weekend?

At The Father’s House it requires 43 volunteers to cover production at every campus.

Vacaville: 15
East Bay: 8
Napa: 5
Roseville: 5

What positions are available on your team?

PROGRAMMING TEAM

Producer (Staff Position) — x1

  • Leads the Production Team on Sunday morning

  • Prepares or coordinates all Sunday morning service elements during the week

  • Cues the different production areas during the Sunday service as needed

  • Makes sure the Sunday services and rehearsal are on schedule

Technical Director (Staff Position) — x1

  • Oversees the set-up and operation of the production equipment on Sunday

  • Responsible for the preparation and set-up of production equipment on Sunday

  • In charge of routing signal flow in and out of the Control Room and auditoriums

  • Trouble-shoots any equipment problems that occur in either auditorium

AUDIO TEAM

A1 (Front-of-House) — x1

  • Operates the mixing board located in the Auditorium and controls the mix that the audience hears

  • Responsible for setting up the FOH console on Saturday and Sunday rehearsals as well as building the audience mix for the Weekend worship services

  • Prepare and test all equipment required for the worship service

  • Confirm sound checks for communicator, musicians, baptism and playback sources as needed

M1 (Monitors) — x1

  • Operates the mixing board backstage and facilitates audio needs for the musicians

  • Responsible for setting up the monitor console for weekend rehearsals and build a mix for the musicians

  • Prepare and test all related equipment required for the worship service

  • Confirm sound checks for musicians

Studio Engineer — x1

  • Mixes and controls audio feed to web and campus streams.

  • Records Main Auditorium music and message for duplication and archive

LIGHTING/

Lighting Designer — x1

  • Operates lighting board that controls the moving lights and LED strips onstage

  • Assist lighting staff with fixture placement and programming as needed

STAGE TEAM

Stage Manager — x1

  • Oversees all activities on the stage and controls the flow of traffic from the back of the stage

  • Keeps backstage orderly and safe

  • Assist producer in completing tasks as assigned

  • Moves speaker props, visual aids, mics, staging, etc on and off stage when needed

Stage Hands — x1

  • Assists Stage Manager on all activities on the stage and controls the flow of traffic from the back of the stage

  • Keeps backstage orderly and safe

  • Assist producer in completing tasks as assigned

  • Moves speaker props, visual aids, mics, staging, etc on and off stage when needed

VIDEO TEAM

Video Director — x1

  • Directs video team during service and oversee video equipment

  • Lead camera rehearsals for worship set, special music, sketches and special events

  • Dictate all camera direction, graphics and video playback to switcher

  • Operates video switcher and selects camera feeds, video playback as directed

Shader — x1

  • Responsible for quality control of camera shots

  • Adjust cameras with lighting changes to maintain consistency and quality

Camera Operators — x6

  • Operate cameras for the worship service

  • Take direction from video director

CG Operator — x1

  • Edit and run all song lyrics for the worship service. West CG operator does both Pro and CG

  • Review lyrics for spelling and proper phrasing

  • Run through songs live with the band during rehearsal

  • Enter, edit, and run all speaker notes, title slides, and related on-screen graphics for the worship service and message

  • Review sermon notes with communicator