This week we are talking about things we do at Vertical to create the proper environments and culture that we feel make us who we are. Yesterday we shared the reason behind why we don't let people sit wherever they choose. Today we will talk about the effect that our music volume has on Vertical culture.
At Vertical we like our music a little louder than a lot of churches. How loud? Loud enough that you can sing out and not feel like everybody around you is listening to you (and all of the people who can't sing said "amen"!). We have great sound technicians who work hard to ensure that our sound is full and consistent from week to week.
One of the things that is difficult about music volume is that people's opinion is subjective and personal. Not everyone likes their music the same volume and with that in mind we have made the conscious decision to let the volume of our music be defined by the people we are trying to reach. This means that a few people thinking it is too loud is not reason to turn it down in such a manner that it affect our what we believe Vertical Worship sounds like. Our worship to Jesus is alive, loud and vibrant. With this in mind we decided to make earplugs available to anyone who feels that our music is too loud.
Really? Am I suggesting that people who think the music is loud to wear earplugs? The first thing I suggest is that they don't enter the auditorium to sit near the speakers. But if that doesn't do it for them I absolutely suggest the earplugs. I give a shout out to all of those who have impressed me with their maturity. We have some who have decided to put others ahead of themselves because they understand WHY we are louder.
For the record, I have had quite a few older people who LOVE Vertical worship and don't think we're too loud at all. (I even had one older person who was excited that he could hang without them). I think proper perspective makes all things bearable.
Our music, and the volume at which we play it, is definitely part of the culture of Vertical which is why we are pretty set on being a little on the loud side.