Your church senior leadership is more interested in the “why” behind your church activities. Why are we doing this event? Why are we starting this ministry? Because we want to see more people experience Christ. We want to see more people grow. We want families to be healthy.
The problem is that sometimes, we as media practitioners are more excited about the “how” to accomplish the “what.” We could spend many hours discussing mic brands, camera types or certain pieces of software to accomplish something; but if we don’t know why we’re doing it, it’s all for show.
When you understand the why of your ministry… the why of your church… the heart and passion of your pastor; that’s when you’re positioned to do the best work.
Meaning, don’t wait for a position or a job title to empower you to do what you must do well. Do your best in the little that has been given to you now. Take responsibility; own it! (whatever “it” is)
It’s easy to think this (because we’re in charge of the tech and media side of things): our most important task is being good stewards of our technology and media equipment. I’m not advocating that we shouldn’t be good stewards of those resources, but as a media director myself, the equipment and technology pieces are not my most important resources. The most important resources in any church and media ministry are the people in it. In most cases volunteers.
Plain and simple, without volunteers we couldn’t function in our media department. On any given Sunday, there are about eighteen different positions that need to be filled in our media team. We have camera operators, lighting designers, playback technicians, audio engineers and video directors. Their biggest quality isn’t the technical credentials they posses, but their commitment to serve the Lord through technology.
Don’t take me wrong, doing everything with excellence is imperative, but we can’t overlook the human side of our operations. Technology is not your ministry, people are your ministry. Geek out all you want about the newest and coolest gadgets, but don’t forget about your volunteers.
So how do we do that? Continue Reading
Shelve your ideas.
I wrote that sentence after hearing my pastor drop some knowledge on our team at a meeting. We were deciding what route our Easter services would go, and if we would have a follow up series.
It happened suddenly; genius struck. Continue Reading
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Lose yourself in it, find yourself in it. But don’t put all your identity in it.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -Erich Fromm
Maybe it’s time to let go of those go to moves that everyone has. To let go of whatever we default to. Certainty is great to a degree, but to reach the next level we must let go of the certainty of our current level. Continue Reading
A few things that Seth talks about in this first video:
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” Steve Jobs
Isn’t that the way it usually goes?