Keeping it Cool and Collected

Setlist for today at Chase Valley Church:

  • All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee
  • Your Grace is Enough – Matt Maher
  • God of Wonders – Marc Byrd
  • How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin
  • Lay it Down – Matt Maher

Things went pretty excellent today despite some personnel change ups. One of the things I spent a lot of time doing when I was fulltime was chasing down musicians. If someone had to cancel at the last minute I ran around frantically trying to find replacements. There was a lot of pressure to have a “full stage.”

Now that I’m bivocational I’ve just said, “I don’t have time to chase down worship team members.”

Man, today was so awesome. On stage we did a 3-piece: drums, bass and me on vox and acoustic. Instead of being all stressed out trying to schedule extra rehearsals or cram extra people in, we just went with what we had. The music was super tight and I could focus on actually leading worship instead of having my mind race through how to solve 87 different issues. Man, I love to lead worship.

One of the issues this morning was that my media tech didn’t show up. Instead of fretting about it, we just ran a calm, normal sound check. After sound check I eneded up finding an innocent bystander in the lobby and gave him a 5-min crash course in Media Shout. He did a tremendous job and all was well.

This post is part of Setlist Sunday.

16 Responses to “Keeping it Cool and Collected”


  1. 1 Mike Mahoney October 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Some days, less is more…

  2. 2 Chris October 12, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Nice – I love your attitude, man.

  3. 3 Brody October 12, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    It’s not a Sunday without a little Fee

  4. 4 steve October 12, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Nice job dude. Sounds like fun. I have only done the trio once and it rocked! Did you lead from acoustic or electric? Peace bro.

  5. 6 rmckinno1 October 13, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Billy,
    I agree w/ Chris – thanks for modeling a humble, Christ-like attitude. And you’re so right … go with what God has given you. I’m sure the “less” was “more” – I bet it sounded awesome. How did the people respond?

    For the Kingdom,
    Fred McKinnon
    http://www.fredmckinnon.com
    http://www.theworshipcommunity.com

  6. 7 Billy Chia October 13, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Fred,
    There was a decent response. (It was head an shoulder’s above last week.) There was actually some great vocal energy in the crowd. Less stage volume often means the crowd can hear themselves sing, which in turn encourages more/louder singing.

  7. 8 worshipcity October 13, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Yeah man, that’s right on! I always told my team that I’m completely comfortable leading by myself up there and my guitar but I WANT you up here with me. I just need to know whether you’ll be here or not so I can know what to prepare for. I stopped chasing down and begging people too. If I have to beg and chase then maybe they aren’t the person I want up there with me. I love that you attack awesome songs like the Fee tune mentioned already with just a 3 piece! ROCK ON DUDE!

  8. 9 Peter Park October 13, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Isn’t it funny. It’s moments like these that I think maybe Sunday worship should just have a few people. But it’s important to have a full band and a smaller crew sometimes.

  9. 10 jan owen October 13, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Great job Billy. With all the issues of the last few years some issues don’t bother me as much as it used to – I am just trying to look at it as an opportunity to grow and God is honoring that.

    Focus on the worship…..glad it went well. Hope you checked out my GiveWorship Project blog yesterday……I’d love to hear from you.

  10. 11 Johnny Sierra October 14, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Awesome stuff Billy! Every Sunday is never the same and the best thing to do is to leave in God’s hands. A week ago we were missing our bass player and guitar player. It was just me in the keys and my drummer. I could have panic’ed but I didn’t we went there for one purpose and that is to worship our God and we did. That service was probably the best one we have had this year!

  11. 12 jordan October 14, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    What, no You Satisfy???? I am hurt man. hahaha.

  12. 13 Rob Petrini October 14, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Don’t you love those innocent bystanders!!! šŸ™‚ I’ve used them a few times myself!!!!

    Great way to open up with “All Because of Jesus”!

  13. 14 Terry Hurt October 16, 2008 at 6:30 am

    We have all been there! The sooner we learn to net sweat the things we can’t do anything about, the sooner we experience the provision of God. Even in times of “less than we had planned” God often does more with the less than we could have done with more.

    The thing that I hate most are the technical problems that arise in the middle of a set. There you are focusing on the worship moments and bam, it hits you. Now your mind is racing through the issue trying to figure out how to resolve it all the while trying to remain focused in worship. I hate that!

  14. 15 Billy Chia October 16, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Terry,
    ha! I totally feel ya man. I tend to get stressed when I see a lot of activity indicating confusion in the booth. I start to worry “is the FOH mix falling apart? Are the words on the screen behind me?” I’m getting better at not freaking out at these points. Either that or my booth team is just getting better šŸ˜‰


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