WAV Mission And Philosophy
The Westover Audio Visual (WAV) Team mission is to strive for excellence in the technical arts to support Christ’s impact on the next changed life.
Ours is a team effort. Each individual and each application is designed to work together to create on environment. Different interests and different gifts move us in one direction toward one goal: to effectively deliver the message and create a great worship experience without distractions. Such a venture begins with a challenge: a challenge to our weaknesses, to our creativity, to our spiritual maturity and to our unity as a team.
As a team, we are charged with the awesome responsibility of fusing the message (the love of God), and the media (music, drama, video, etc.), to form an environment that encourages people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. As a WAV team member, your position—and how well you perform at that position—is critical to creating that environment: one that ministers to seekers and believers alike though a professional production.
The Sunday worship services are accomplished primarily by volunteers; they occupy 95% of the production roles needed on a Sunday morning. They serve God’s ministry and his church using their gifts and talents in this environment. Our ministry controls all of the live production elements during the Sunday morning service (i.e. live video, lighting, audio, stage, etc.).
WAV Team Areas
The Audio Team is responsible for the set-up, monitoring and adjustment of all auditorium audio equipment as well as other audio systems throughout the facility. Their role is to support the band, speaker and all on-stage personnel as they lead or communicate to the audience on Sunday morning. They focus on facilitating worship, communication, encouraging listening and removing distractions. This team is also responsible for audio support for not only Westover special events but also outside community events that may be held here.
Video & Computer Graphics
The Video and CG team prepare and operate the equipment necessary to display live video and any graphics or characters that are needed to enhance the live video (i.e. worship lyrics, Bible verses, etc.). They focus on enhancing worship and the message, creating visual appeal, and supporting the communicator.
The Lighting Team prepares and operates the equipment used to light both the stage and the auditorium on Sunday mornings. They focus on illuminating properly, creating atmosphere and focusing attention.
The Stage Team directs the flow of people and props from the back and the front of the stage. They also police traffic near the stage and manage the props behind the stage. They focus on creating the environment, enhancing visual communication, and supporting the communicator.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for potential volunteers who have experience in an a mature or a professional production environment or those people who enjoy tinkering with or operating electronic or audio/video equipment or computers and are wiling to put in the time and effort that it takes to become proficient at a position on the WAV team.
To volunteer join the WAV team, come by the First Connect table in the main lobby and fill out a ministry interest form. We will also need you to fill out a WAV Volunteer Application form, which you can get here. Completing this application is the first step in the process of joining the WAV team.
Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you by phone or e-mail. We will also send you additional questions specific to the area in which you are most interested. We will then setup a time for you to begin your apprenticeship with a member of our team.
You will be paired with an experience volunteer on Sunday mornings or a Wednesday night rehearsal for hands-on training in a mentoring relationship. This provides you the opportunity to learn in a one-on-one environment and allows us to evaluate your progress. This period can take from one to six months depending on the knowledge required for the specific skill.
When you complete your training, you will be assigned to an area of the WAV team and assigned to a regular rotation schedule. You will be expected to commit to one year of service with our team.
We are committed to sharpening our volunteer's skills and equipping them with the knowledge necessary to support the worship service. We do this using a classroom environment we call Advanced Training.
The Sunday morning time commitment is from rehearsal at 8:15 am through the final service. Call time for our volunteer techs is 8:00 am on Sunday mornings. Some positions, including audio and lighting, require set-up time during the week in addition to Sunday. The minimum we ask volunteers to serve is two Sundays in a row and then off for the following four consecutive Sundays. We run a year-long volunteer rotation and ask that volunteers commit to at least a year with the option of renewing your commitment every year if you wish to remain on the team.