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How to Create a More Balanced Home and Work Life
What you do is important, but you need to make sure that your life is balanced and your pace is sustainable for the long haul.
Mary, Martha, and the 15 Mins Before Your Services
Martha seems to have done what most tech directors would do, she got busy making everything perfect. She was cooking, cleaning, adjusting the lighting and making things just right.
BackTalk: Connection is Important, Especially During the Crazy-Busy Seasons of Life
Be purposeful about doing life with others.
Four Ways to Combat Burnout
Most of us struggle with burnout or anxiety. Let's not focus on the reasons. Instead, focus on where to look and what to do when it comes.
Rescue from Tech Director Island
Do you know the tech person at the church closest to you? Do they even have a tech person? Maybe they have a volunteer that is doing the best they can and is feeling overwhelmed.
What Are You Dwelling On?
If you fill your thoughts with God's Word you will end up being a Godly person. It's more than about social skills, or just being positive. It's about taking on the attitude of Christ.
The Problem With Focusing On The Possible
Feeling frustrated, irritated, overwhelmed? When something seems impossible, or I’m feeling ill-equipped, or when the facts of the reality seem overwhelming, what does Jesus say? Bring them here to me.
Does Your Faith Need a Boost?
I think working in the church sometimes holds us from stepping out on faith. We take God for granted.
A New Understanding of Matthew Chapter 8
If God would have removed my burden early on, my faith would be much simpler than it is now, and there would be so much less glory for Him.
Too Busy to Hear from God?
God has a lot to share. Are you too rushed to listen?
A Tech Director’s Guide to Peace on Earth
Peace is often thought of as a world without war --- where everyone gets along. For some people peace simply means a lack of noise. This is not the peace that Jesus gives.
The Power of Tech (or Not)
I used to believe that if I only had the new "Epic Commander 8200" (or insert some other fictitious name representing a piece of impressive gear we might all desire to have in our arsenal) then I would be able to help people experience the good, kind, loving God that I have come to know.
In Search of Immanuel
Like many of you, I’m up to my eyes in Christmas production. Looking at my calendar this month I have a hard time finding a day where I will get home before dark. Everything is happening so quickly we risk missing (cliché alert) "the reason for the season.”
How’s Your Prayer Life?
I know. We're just really busy and we forget to stay in touch. Believe me I know; I do it to God....and my mom
Do Your Best, Trust God
“Pray like it’s all up to God; work like it’s all up to you.” We live in this tension every day. It’s probably why we love it so much.
Don’t Think Your Ministry Goes Unnoticed
People are watching and extra effort is always appreciated, even when you don't think so.
Remembering Why We Do What We Do
If you're treating it just like any other job, then you're almost guaranteed to burn out.
Finding Happiness in Your Present Situation
The tech team you're on, and the church you're in may hold the exact opportunity God wants you to use to find your happiness.
Does God speak…to me?
As a tech person, I tend to find myself back in the booth just trying to facilitate what other people have heard from God. Hearing from God is something that happens to other people.
BackTalk: God Sees Your Service
One problem with serving behind the scenes is that you are, by definition, invisible. Most of the time, we technical artists are OK with that.
A Tech Director’s Guide: Making Spiritual Development Part of Your Process
Spiritual development is much like learning methods for technical production; you never stop.
Are You Ministering With Technology?
Are you part of a tech team, or a media ministry? If you're serving in technical arts, you've already answered the question
Can You Worship While You Work?
Working in the tech ministry, it's easy to think that worship is optional --- something to do if you have time.
Has “Pray Without Ceasing” Been Replaced With “Work Without Ceasing?”
It's time to see prayer differently. Do not let your prayer time be limited to a time or a place. Prayer is the most powerful connection God gives us.
Are You In This For the Long Haul?
When I feel beat down and worn out, I often find myself looking at the grass on the other side of the fence. Why do other churches seem to be blessed with so much, when I can’t seem to get a weekend off?
Are You Sold Out On Your Worship Services?
It's often easy for production personnel to stay in the back and remain completely disengaged from the spiritual side of an event.
BackTalk: A Higher Calling
We aren’t just sound guys, we’re ministry leaders. Ministry can by difficult work, but it’s something we must engage with.
No Man Is An Island (Unless He’s a Tech Director)
Even the leaders at church have a hard time understanding what exactly the tech team does. This feeling of being on a deserted island is not how God designed us to operate. We are social beings who need interaction, and not just the superficial kind.
Ministering to Your Team: A Tech Director’s Guide
Your team's work is ministering to the needs of the pastor, worship team and congregation. As the leader of a production team, you must also minister to your team members.
Making the Most of Your “Down Time”
Coming out of Christmas, I was tired and worn out from months of endless demands, and instead of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, I was looking at Easter barreling towards me. I became so focused on getting ahead of the next round of tasks that I forgot what my job is all about.
Are You Running On Empty? Or Is Your Heart Overflowing?
The God of hope wants to fill us with joy and peace. All we need to do is put our trust in him. If we just Him have control of our circumstances, and allow Him to have his way, we can overflow with hope.
How To Get Money Out Of Your Pastor
The fact is, an ever-improving production requires on-going investment in equipment and people. Many senior pastors are visual learners, so don't just tell them what you want, show them. Find pictures or video of the equipment you want "in action," or schedule an on-site demo.
How Cool Is Too Cool for Church?
Special effects, and high SPLs can be divisive to a congregation. Are your production values consistent with the vision of the church?
Tutorial: Training New Sound Engineers: Three Crucial Areas
It's not just tech training; you're also training a unique form of ministry. They should also learn their purpose and non-technical skills.
Technical Training: Developing a Tech Team’s Sense of Purpose
Technical skills have their place, but their purpose must be found within the nature and ministry goals of the church.
Guarding Your Heart Against Bitterness In Technology Ministry
Church technology servants have many opportunities for bitterness to creep into their hearts, then it becomes a cancer.
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