The Role of a Live Video Producer
LIVE VIDEO PRODUCER
The Live Video Producer leads the Director and the entire Video Team on Sundays and at Fuse (our Wednesday night Student Service). This position is responsible for making sure that everything related to the execution of video happens with excellence.
The Video Producer:
- Meets with the Video Coordinator and the Director during the week to work through and know all aspects of the service.
- Is responsible for communicating all details of the service to the Director and the volunteer team that is serving.
- Makes sure all volunteers are checked-in and makes decisions on shifting people to different positions if necessary. They are responsible for making sure each position is manned with a competent volunteer that can execute that position with excellence.
- Makes sure all volunteers are at their position before the counter drops and at all times when positions need to be manned.
- Is proactive in putting out potential fires and crisis before they happen, having a general awareness, seeing issues that come up before they become problems.
- Helps create an enjoyable environment for all volunteers. Is upbeat, energetic, and encouraging, setting the atmosphere in which volunteers serve.
- Should consistently look for ways to “coach up” volunteers. If there is a problem with a position, it is the Video Producer’s responsibility to have conversations to coach up areas of improvement.
- Leads the Video Production Team Meeting to walk through details of the service.
- Takes detailed notes during Run-Through of things that need to be improved on.
- Attends the Post Run-Through Eval Meeting with the Staff Team after Run-Through. Is responsible for making sure all changes and improvements are implemented.
You might be thinking, “Man, that’s a job for a staff member! You put all that on a volunteer?”. Yes! You’re starting to catch on… every role on your team can be lead by a volunteer. Break up the responsibilities and tasks into bite-size roles in order to create opportunities for people to serve.
This list may sound like a lot of work, but with 15-20 other volunteers and staff members around to handle other things and with everyone working together, it’s really not that much to put on a volunteer, especially a high-capacity one. Plus, if you’re a church with multiple campuses, this is a perfect place to groom potential production staff members.
I also found too that with a volunteer serving as a Video Producer, I could be in other places. I could minister and build relationships with team members. I could have conversations with people and not have to cut them short to run back to the headset or be in ‘position’. I could observe from the auditorium or the back of our production room, getting fresh perspectives on how the service was coming together and how it was looking to the audience. I could spend time with other staff members and work with them to oversee the services. I still lead the team. I could override the Video Producer’s call if I had to (sometimes it was even good to let them make some mistakes on their own). I was still responsibility for the team, but creating a Live Video Producer role helped us minister to more people and create a better worship experience.
You’re more valuable when you work yourself out of as many jobs as you possibly can. Raise up leaders like a Volunteer Video Producer to help you and the team execute your Sunday worship services with excellence.
What roles have you created that have allowed your team to execute services at a high level?
Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, where he produced media content for four campuses, as well as led volunteer teams.
He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. Newspring has 10 campuses across the state with a weekly attendance of over 35,000. At one campus alone, the number of consistent volunteers serving in media production tripled, under his leadership.
He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of [twelve:thirty]media, a company that serves churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching.