After writing the last blog post I felt I need to do a 2nd part, there may even be a third…
People, volunteers, love them or hate them, churches run and live off of volunteers. From my often vague memory (I am nearing 30), I do not remember a time or a Church who has never been short on volunteers not just on tech but across the church. I have been to churches with large attendances and still there are vacancies that never seem to be filled.
For many churches finding new volunteers is a drain, you put a notice in the news sheet, an announcement in the messages, a status on facebook and very few if any come forward, those who sometimes do need training to get them to a stage of letting them loose. I was talking to one churches production coordinator the other day who said how during one service they turned off all the equipment, and explained to the church that without tech volunteers this is what it would be like. Through this there came a surge of emails from people saying they would help.
I recently saw an advertisement on Facebook for a sound tech to engineer a churches Sunday services. The church is a medium sized with around 4oo people in attendance and yet some was advertising for a paid sound tech. The issue was not that they never had any volunteers, it was that the Pastor felt the techs were not up to the standard he wanted. That sadden my heart to think that people who were willing to serve were being turned away.
Part of the heart behind CTUK is to see people who serve within tech ministry equipped. I have been on tech teams where I have thought, ‘why is that person on the team, they can’t mix’ or ‘why is that person on the team, they are to slow at changing the words’. Similar to learning to use the equipment we have got, we need to learn to equip, support, develop and release the volunteers who have offer their time.
A blog post by Omar Sierra, Hillsong Young & Free FOH Engineer, he says
“As audio engineers, we are worship leaders too! Something I have learned in the last couple of years is how important it is to see myself as leading worship from behind the console. Jad Gillies, one of our amazing worship leaders, always encourages our audio team to step up with confidence and to see ourselves as contributing just as much and equally important as the person who’s on the platform leading worship. This changes the perspective of every single fader I push.”
Omar and Jad’s point is that being a sound, visuals or lighting tech is far more that just pushing buttons and moving faders, its about the heart. Should we strive for excellence in our production, yes, but this excellence comes from the heart behind serving. The volunteers on your tech team may not be the most tech savvy nerdy people, but they have offered their time, skills and gifts to serve in an area that many people will dare not enter.