BackTalk: A Higher Calling
We aren’t just sound guys, we’re ministry leaders. Ministry can be difficult work, but it’s something we must engage with.
Growing up I would spend every summer at the Bible conference in Okoboji, Iowa. I had a lot of fun and I learned how to bootstrap a production system. My brother and I quickly became “in charge” of the tech at a young age but had no real budget to work with. We’d drive up to Okoboji, set up shop, and produce a conference with whatever we could get our hands on. Even though the production value may not have been high, the relationship value was significant. When you share those types of experiences with people you become very close. For a few years it was just my brother and me, but as our responsibilities grew, we needed another partner in crime. I knew the perfect person: Drew Billings.Drew was a friend of my brother at the time. We all grew up together in church. And Drew was talented enough to make a huge impact and crazy enough to actually drive to the middle of Iowa every summer and produce this obscure conference we loved. It was over those years, primarily in high school, I came to be so close to Drew.Fast forward to my first few months as technical director at Christ Community Church in Omaha, Neb. I was the only on-staff technical person, and the task was tremendous. Leadership generously agreed to hire an assistant TD and, once again, I knew exactly who to call. Drew attended the church and volunteered on the tech team. I met him on the stage one Sunday after services as he was wrapping cables. “Drew,” I said, “I know what you’re capable of here. I’ve got a tough road ahead of me and I need you with me.” That was all he needed to hear. I was so excited because I knew our potential was off the charts.