And can I tell you something?
I love it and I hate it.
I love doing announcements because:
A) It becomes my act of worship in the Worship Service.
B) I really try to create the feel of announcements to be worshipful and inspiring to our Church.
C) I get to share with people from our Church all the cool things God is up to around our campus and beyond
I hate doing announcements because:
A) I get super nervous right before hand!
B) I have a terrible memory and there are usually tons of dates, times and taglines I must remember
C) The Audience always looked angry!
Now I know the audience is for me and not in fact angry, but have you ever considered what your face looks like as you hear announcements at your Church? Picture a combination of the look you get when you discover you just swigged a gulp of spoiled milk and the look on your face when you are 17th in line at the DMV. That is the face that looks out at me each week as I go through announcements.
Now the best way to describe the success of the Announcement Guy is to relate this task to a NBA Referee.
An NBA referee is at his best when no one notices the job he is doing. My job in announcements is to try to get people to forget what I am doing and hear and get excited about the event I am describing.
So to evaluate my announcements at Church from now on I will use the NBA Foul system to evaluate my job.
Today in my Announcements, I had several infractions.
I had a couple of awkward transitions = 3 Second Violation
I also added announcements not on our schedule or slides = illegal Defense
2 of my 3 jokes bombed completely = Traveling
So if you are keeping score at home, I had (2) 3 second violations, (2) illegal defenses and (2) traveling calls in my announcement job today. Basically, I was Andrew Bynum at announcements today.