Service Planners make sure everything is in the order of service! They collaborate with other team leaders to add announcements, worship, message elements, and team members to ensure the service runs the way it's intended. This overview will help you become familiar with some features of Services that will help you streamline your process.
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Every church has their own way of planning services. Before you dive into a plan to add your order of service, think through how you want to organize those plans. Service Types hold all the plans in one place. Here are some ideas to get you started:
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Are there multiple services happening? If so, they need their own plans. Create Service Types based on the services happening on campus:
Creating Service Types for each service helps you organize teams in the correct place and gives access to the right people.
If your future services look similar to the one you're creating, export the plan as a template, so you can quickly import it to other plans in the future.
If there's more information you want team members to know outside of what's already included in the plan, add a file or note.
This section is not for media or song files that need to be used in service. Chord charts can be added to songs, and sermon slides can be added to media.
You can communicate with the teams scheduled to the plan in different ways:
Regardless of how you communicate, make sure you communicate clearly and often! Many team members may not have the same knowledge as Services like you do, so help them find the information they'll need!
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