Leaky Buckets

I had the privilege this week to do some more training with our sound team. We had already done some training focussing on the technical side (how to switch things on, how to plug things in, where everything goes etc), but this was a very different session. I wanted to concentrate on the actual sound which was being achieved through the system; having invested so much time with our band on arrangements and dynamics, I wanted to make sure this was actually being heard through the PA.


Training our sound team is something we do at least twice a year. Rehearsing and training with the worship team happens pretty much weekly. And annually we remind all our volunteers why and how we do what we do. Vision leaks. People have short memories. We often slip back into old habits, or positions of comfort…it’s a completely natural reaction. Which is why we need to regularly remind all of our staff and volunteers of our ethos.

Leaky Bucket Syndrome

It’s just like a leaky bucket…you fill it up with water, and it will hold the liquid…but slowly the holes allow it to drain away…sometimes gradually, sometimes quickly! So it needs topping up to keep it full. We are exactly the same. If we are regularly serving in areas like the band or tech team, we should keep ourselves “topped up” both spiritually and mentally. But still, the longer between training sessions, rehearsals and seminars, the more our vision leaks, and the more we revert to our old habits and what we are comfortable with.

So a regular top up for whatever team you are serving under keeps everyone focused, reminds everyone of the how and why, and should mean all are serving the same purpose. We as a team are reminded regularly of the ethos behind our worship and who we are there to serve. We use written training materials, I send email reminders, we’ve been to seminars and held training days. Everyone on the team has access to this, and to the notes which serve as reminders. And when we train the sound team, we make sure it is done in conjunction with the band to reinforce the team ethos and mentality. This has to be a practical event…the notes are great for reminding and helping with knowledge, but nothing beats the doing to help remember. When we held the sound training on Tuesday, I could have talked theory for hours, but it only makes sense when we actually start EQing the band, adjusting the volume levels and hearing the effect the adjustments made.

Keep Topping Up

Back to your bucket. You’ll never patch all of the holes. Your bucket will always leak…sometimes slowly, sometimes fast. But regular refilling and occasional top ups will keep your bucket full and working to capacity.

How do you fill your leaky bucket?

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