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BackTalk: Forgiving the Artist
I’m learning to allow my internal artist the freedom to create, to learn, and to fail, without allowing my internal engineer to pronounce judgment.
Top 5 Ways to Retain Volunteers
Volunteers need know that you care about them and not just about the skills they bring to the table.
BackTalk: Awkward Moments (What Church Techs Do to Make Guests Feel Unwelcome)
Panic mode will scare your guests if they spot it. This and other snafus to overcome—and keep your visitors coming back.
Sarcasm as a Spiritual Gift
The old adage "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" couldn't be further from the truth.
Church Tech: Frying Your Soul at Christmas?
When Christmas is over, will you still be in the race or will you and your team have fried your souls in the pursuit of a Christmas program?
The Intentional Technical Director’s Holiday Season
Being intentional means having a plan about how you’re going to handle what you know will be a demanding season.
Top 5 Strategies For Connecting Your Teams
Both tech and worship teams are essential, but they don't always get along. Let's bring a few of the tensions out into the open.
BackTalk: After the Disaster
Don’t let failure be the first serious conversation you have with your church leadership.
Top 3 Ways to Treat “The Least of These”
Sometimes we get so caught up in our check lists we forget about those who serve behind the scenes in ways that go unnoticed.
Rebooting Your Teams
In our pursuit of excellence, I sometimes thinks we've forgotten the human element.
Comfort Zones: A Guide for the Introvert Tech Director
Are you making decisions based on a preference to stay in the background? Getting out of our comfort zones is always rewarding, though rarely easy. I know this from personal experience.
Using Your After-Easter Downtime
I have found that downtime doesn't really happen unless you make it happen. You still have plenty of things to occupy your time over the next several months, but here are a few ideas for that post-Easter lull.
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.
Who is Greatest Among You?
As a technical director, it's easy to think we're pretty important. We wield a great deal of power and responsibility to make the service successful or an embarrassment.
BackTalk: Right-Sizing the Ego: Serving as a Response to God
As individuals on a team serve out of their love for Jesus, then "excellence" doesn't need to be preached any longer.
Respect: Is It the Missing Link on Your Team?
Whatever is your job...mixing, directing, preaching, we are all different parts of the same body. But do we even act like we’re on the same team?
A Biblical Blueprint for Developing Volunteers
The problem that we face is that we are not always known for our relational skills and we would often rather do things ourselves than get out of our comfort zones and recruit and train up new volunteers.
Leave Your Ego at the Door
It's good to have a healthy, honest opinion of yourself. The problem occurs when you deny your shortcomings, your failings, and you view yourself as better than others.
Winning at Christmas
Leading yourself well is the first step to leading your team well. You can’t expect to lead your volunteers in a healthy process if you aren’t living one yourself. It is important to create a plan that has margin and is sustainable over the course of the set-up and rehearsal process. Your team and your family will appreciate some flexibility.
Managing Tech Team Conflict
The key to dealing with these problems is addressing them.
Pushing Your Tech Team To A New Normal
Doing something incredible every week can’t be sustained, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go after the dream every now and then.
The Perfect Weekend = Normal
From a tech perspective, the ideal weekend is when every lighting cue is on time, every piece of equipment works flawlessly all weekend. To everyone else, that is what’s supposed to happen every weekend. That’s supposed to be normal, not the ideal.
What is Excellence?
Chronic inconsistency is a product of our busy, complicated world. It's not the lack of great results but the inability to repeatedly provide those results. Excellence, therefore, is found in religious consistency.
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.
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.
What the Lakers Can Teach Your Church Tech Team
Successful teams have three things in common: talent, good coaching and chemistry. Successful church tech teams rely on them too.
On Leadership and Team Development
Learning how you best communicate and interact with others can be a key to making you a better leader for your church.
Mixing Techniques: Training New Sound Engineers
Training new audio engineers is possibly one of the most difficult tasks the church tech faces.
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.
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