Serving is an important part of our growth – in life and faith.

Want an especially challenging and rewarding role as a servant?  Try serving as a technical ministry volunteer!

If you’re reading this, you probably already are. Congratulations! You’re part a team that has the ability to make a profound impact on the delivery of the Word to your congregation.

And if you’ve been involved for any length of time, you’ve probably been encouraged to serve with excellence.

Let’s talk about that for a minute.

It is important to understand those two words, excellence and service, as you move forward in service to your congregation.

While sound, video, lighting, and media production can be rather technical skills to master, it is important to strike a balance between attaining technical excellence and serving with a spirit of excellence.

Take pride in your technical and artistic abilities as a ministry team member and serve with humble respect for your role in delivering the message of your faith.  But don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to know everything about acoustics, lighting design, video broadcast technology, or media composition to deliver excellence in your service.

A good attitude combined with a basic understanding of your technical craft and a desire to do your best is much more important than pursuing a mirage of technical perfection. Serving with grace, an attitude of excellence, and a modest skillset will far outweigh the services of a technical genius with a resistive spirit and a combative ego.

Serving with a spirit of excellence means that you are committed to refining your skills and striving to deliver the best results you and your team are capable of.

Serving with humility and grace means that you are aware of the significant role you play in the delivery of the Word, yet you endeavor as a true servant to your congregation, worship team, and leadership.

Remember: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – II Timothy 2:15 NIV

When we become part of a technical ministry team, we are indeed handling “the word of truth”.  Do your best to handle the Truth of that Word correctly, and to the best of your ability.

Regardless of the size of your team, even if it is a team of one, endeavor to contribute the high value that your congregation deserves.  Your tasks and responsibilities may vary, but the quality of your service should never diminish.  In fact, it should only get better.

Whether you are a technical assistant behind the scenes or the front of house mixing engineer, your role is vitally important to the success of the team and the service offered to your congregation.

Your contribution as a volunteer and your spirit of service is greatly appreciated and valued by countless other technical volunteers, team leaders, pastors, and congregations around the world.

Welcome to the team!  And truly, thank you.

James Wasem
James Wasem

This article was provided by guest contributor and author James Wasem from

James has been designing, installing, and operating sound systems for 20+ years and he has a   passion for helping church sound team volunteers deliver great sound