As church tech team members we check all the mics, position all the lights and verify our cues, but forget to check ourselves. God often uses our skills and abilities to point out areas in our spiritual life that need improvement. I have been in a church tech booth for as long as I can remember and God has used that time to show me many areas of growth. Here are three that I deal with and believe many tech members can fall prey to.
1. Not participating in worship / Checking out.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in sliding faders or making sure to get the right camera angle on screen that we forget to spend time in corporate worship ourselves. We forget that what we are doing isn’t a job that is supposed to be separate from our time of worshiping Christ but a way in which we show our worship through our gifts. Serving in this capacity isn’t a time to check out and scroll through our twitter feeds either, (Please, don’t read this blog post while the pastor is speaking….you may miss that high-end ring in his voice, or he may slip out of the camera shot). Our task is to be focused on removing barriers so that God’s people can hear what He has to say.
2. Trying to create an environment of worship.
Being a part of the church tech team, we think that we are tasked with creating environments for worship. That isn’t the case. It is our job to use the gifts and abilities God has given us to remove as many barriers as we can—allowing our congregations to be solely focused on what God wants to do in their lives. God has already created an environment for us to worship Him, we just have to meet Him there.
3. Stressing when things don’t go as planned.
Feedback, a monitor buzz, unorganized video slides or missed lighting cues will be something that tech teams will always battle. It’s stressful enough when just one problem occurs during a service, but more often than not, there is usually a combination of issues all happening at the same time. Personally, I have had more of these moments than I care to admit and it is difficult to not let others see the stress. While we play a background role compared to the people on stage, we must remember that we are still representatives of Christ and if we are allowing our stress to be shown in our body language and actions we aren’t reflecting the welcoming and loving family of our Savior. Remember that God’s power is not limited to the obstacles that we face as a tech team and He will receive the glory that He deserves whether or not the production is perfect.
Keep these things in mind the next time you’re on the tech team rotation. Before you put on the headset, step behind the board or power up the lights take some time in prayer and make sure that God is first and foremost in you mind.