Recently a question was asked concerning the best way to get yourself involved in playing for large events such as Spring Harvest, BCDO, New Wine etc… (these are British conferences but as you’ll know, most countries have a fair few of their own home grown festivals, conferences and events too). Sue Rinaldi, worship-leader and A&R for Elevation Music, which is linked to Spring Harvest, offers a response…
I remember the first time I was asked to lead worship in the Big Top at Spring Harvest – I was very excited. Even though I’d been leading worship around the UK and beyond for many years, Spring Harvest was a special event for me because I’d been serving at it year after year in an assortment of ways and really valued taking part in such a great and diverse programme. (Actually, my first ever Spring Harvest experience was playing guitar for Ishmael in the Glorie Company way back in pre-google times!)
Obviously, for the bespoke Big Top, I needed a band skilled enough to manage the 5,000 crowd without making too many mistakes, and known enough by me to feel relatively confident that we’d function well together as a team. Initially I chose musicians and singers that were already gigging and travelling with me. I knew their character and heart as well as their level of skill. One or two were unavailable, so I asked them and other trusted musician friends for possible alternatives they would recommend. For all the major festivals I’ve contributed to, my selection of band members and singers has followed, and continues to follow, the same process.
From years of observation and discussion with other worship leaders, the way I operate seems fairly standard. I guess it’s all about relationship. More often than not, band members are either, established friends and already working together, or invited into the team as a result of a networking circle. By no means is this a closed system but it does suggest the presence and importance of networking circles – for example, a friend of a friend, part of your church, recommended by a record company or even, although to a lesser degree, a completely off-radar person until the email CV appears in your inbox. Read More