Flash Mob Choir (Part 2)

💡 Ok, so here’s the idea…

What if you could promote your church at a crowded community event in a memorable, simple, and creative way that could potentially create conversations with prospects in the process?

Have your group create a spontaneous “stunt” in “flash mob” style at a public community event.

Here’s how it might look if you did this with a choir:

  1. Director moves into position at the prearranged spot and gives the signal (blows a whistle, or something.)
  2. Director begins directing and singing “Ah” on pitch.
  3. “Flash Mob Choir” appears from all directions at once and crowds in front of director.
  4. As choir members arrive on the spot, they join the director in the “Ah,” causing a grand swell of sound by the time all have arrived.
  5. Director leads “flash mob choir” in a fast paced, well rehearsed, show stopping, “wow, that was cool,” kind of song. (Something like this or this would be better than something like this.)
  6. When the song ends, the choir says in unison (also well rehearsed) who they are, their website, and a final encouraging word (like, “God bless you and have a great day!).
  7. Flash mob choir then disperses back into the crowd.
  8. All “flash mob choir” members carry information cards about their church to give to people who they interact with afterward.
  9. The stunt is repeated at least one other time at the event if possible.

And if you don’t have a choir? Do something with your group that doesn’t require singing, like well rehearsed motion and sounds followed by the group all saying something together at once. Or maybe you could piece together a giant sign, or stage a large scale “ninja battle.” Well, ok, that might be too silly, but it should at least get you thinking.

The goal is to be memorable in a good way and create interest in your group, not cause an unnecessary disturbance to the event. It should create a “wow” type of moment that causes people to want know more about you. If it makes people laugh in a good way, that’s a plus. You want to have positive conversations with people afterwards, not have people run from you because you were too weird. 🙂

I think there are many possibilities here that I haven’t even come up with, yet. If your group is prepared, you could do this almost anywhere. A mall, a park, the parking lot after a baseball game, a beach, wherever.

As a disclaimer, I should remind you that it would be a good idea to discover if there are any rules for the event or laws that you would be breaking by trying this. Although it really only amounts to a group of people who get together under a tree and sing a song together or do something silly for a few minutes, then go on their way. There may be a fine line, here, but if you’re in doubt, check it out.

Basic rules of thumb:

  • Do it well. If it’s bad, that’s what people will remember.
  • Create a nice surprise. Move into and out of place quickly, so it appears “out of the blue.”
  • Go for the “Wow.” This is not the time to be subtle. Go a little over the top and make it sparkle.
  • Keep it short. 3 minutes could be too long.
  • Fly without a net. Memorize what you perform; don’t use folders or notes.
  • Create the connection. Be sure that people remember who you are, or it will just become an anonymous stunt.
  • Serve at the event if possible. This way you will become a part of the event, the management will appreciate you, and you will have ongoing opportunities to interact with people. You remove the possible perception of being a party crasher.

Remember, I haven’t yet tried it, it is just an idea… 🙂

Any other thoughts out there about how and where you could utilize this?


2 thoughts on “Flash Mob Choir (Part 2)

  1. Impressions. A few years ago I chaperoned my sons’ youth group to the the AG National Youth Convention and Fine Arts in DC. We used the metro all week. One day on the train, our group was particularly friendly, greeting others, discovering that so many were also there for the convention. Someone started singing, others joined right in. It was lovely, but I wondered what the tired people, just trying to get home from work, thought of our jovial group of southern Christians. I was afraid we were offending someone. Boy, did God teach me. Later that week on the same route, I was riding quietly with my sons. A man behind me was describing the same scene. He told his companion that he felt as if he had a something of a spiritual experience on the subway that week. He had seen people (obviously there for some event) who were so happy and loving, greeting one another and singing spritual hymns. He said,” I have not been a religious man, but it was like I was experiencing Heaven through these people.” I didn’t get a chance to tell him who they were, but I knew that seeds were planted. The Lord continued to open doors that week in very public places.

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