Go or No: Understanding the Chapters of Life

On stage, worship team members tend to ebb and flow in a regular cadence. The current guitarist may have only been a part of the church for a few months, and this may be the drummer’s first Sunday. Techs, on the other hand, usually stay in the same position and location for years. The nature of AVL tasks, with their inherent stability and repetition, fit the psyche of most techs well. However, the time for change does eventually reach the tech booth and, whether it is due to circumstance or evolution, how you handle it will create a positive or negative legacy between you and the church. Here is how to know: “Should I stay or should I go?”

Are you quitting or expanding? Emotionally driven decisions rarely produce a good outcome, so, turning in your tech-team resignation after a particularly difficult and glitch-laden Sunday is not the best idea. Many senior pastors mentally resign on Sunday night and re-enlist on Monday morning. It is human nature to walk away from seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but we have a Godly nature at work within us that we must rely on to see past the current issues to the guaranteed eventual victory. Plus, we are dealing with other fallible people, just like us, who can only envision a single perspective. If we are offended, chances are they are as well and we have to diligently prefer others before ourselves, which, while hard, is not an impossible task. On the other hand, if an opportunity arises (and remains) that is suited to our gifting at the next level it is worth serious consideration. If, after prayer and council, the opportunity fits and we can depart without harming the current ministry, it can be taken.

Are you just a frustrated musician? In most of my tech training classes, I offer up a plethora of musician jokes, but then I end the routine with the statement: “Techs are simply musicians who weren’t good enough to be in the band.” Much truth is contained here, so becoming self-aware of the fallout from our failings at guitar, keys, drums, and vocals can help us rein in our worst tendencies, such as pretending to move knobs when asked for “more of me in the monitor” or answering with, “there’s not a talent knob here to turn up.” Tech is a skill driven by passion, while music is a passion driven by skill. The best tech result is obscurity; so desiring the limelight is counterproductive to a tech career. Moving to a new place won’t change that fact.

The role of a worship tech is to create an environment conducive to worship.

Do you have a clear vision of your ministry? Remember; techs are the only members of the stage team within the congregation, so we have the best vantage point of what is transpiring. As such, we are valuable not just for the execution of tech, but also for connecting the congregation laterally to the worship team, and both congregation and team vertically to God. The role of a worship tech is to create an environment conducive to worship. We use technology to lay out the best possible scenario for the Holy Spirit to perform His work. If you consider yourself a knob-jockey or a specialized IT pro, you are missing the point: technology is a disposable means to an indispensable end where temporary products permanently affect eternal souls. When the vision is fully realized and sustainable at the current location, it is then safe to move on.

Now, the question beckons anew, should you stay or should you go? Prayerfully consider the results of both answers and do as you are led.

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