I am a former full-time church technical director. I also did some audio and lighting work for some local bands and sound companies. Let’s just say that I have been around the block in the tech world. I am largely out of the game these days as I spend the bulk of my time speaking and coaching leaders. But I have a soft spot in my heart for my fellow people in the booth. … More Holding it all together
About 6 months I stumbled upon a podcast that has helped me grow tremendously! If you are someone that wants to continue to grow in your leadership I would highly recommend checking out Coaching for Leaders. Dave and his team do a great job at bringing on guests that are giving you relevant ideas you can apply in any situation you are leading in. Dave was kind enough to answer a few questions to help you become a better leader, start a podcast, and get the most out of his show. Let’s get plugged into leadership with Coaching for Leaders host Dave Stachowiak … More Insight on Leadership and Podcasting from Coaching for Leaders, Dave Stachowiak
I asked a friend of mine who is a sales person at a local music store what missteps he sees church techs make the most. He has worked with a number of churches both big and small. Churches come from all over the area to his store with the hopes of having a better weekend experience. The sound, video, and lighting, play such a huge part in creating an atmosphere. How can the questions my friend gets, help us create a better atmosphere? Let’s get plugged into leadership and help answer those common questions that are holding us back and we do not even know it. … More Gain structure- Gain is not volume
The primary way I learned how to mix was watching professionals as an system tech for a large production company. I spent countless shows standing next to Audio Engineers from some of the biggest act in the US. In the down time, I would ask them as many questions I could. Then I would apply what I learned the next time I was at the console. … More How I mix a full band
Let me start by saying there is no replacement for a good team. Not only do you get the creative juices of more people than yourself, we were made to be in relationships and your team is a very important relationship. It took too long for me to realize that the true measure of a leader is not the number of followers, but how many leaders he is producing. Let’s get plugged into leadership and see how a tablet might help you no matter where your team is at. … More Tabl-Yes or Tabl-No! Why I can’t live without a tablet when running sound!
You are a leader of a technical ministry. Chances are you are in this position because you have a good amount of technical skill. Perhaps you are a musician that knows a good deal about the sound system, you are in IT at your day job and are not afraid of computers, which made you the best choice, or maybe you are “Pro” that wants to use your gifts to serve the Lord at your church. What you did before isn’t as important as where you want to go. One thing is for sure, you can do more with a team than you can by yourself. Let’s get plugged into leadership and see how we can grow our team. … More 5 Ways to Build your Tech Team
Maybe like me, you struggle with self-worth every once and a while. Honestly, self-worth is something I have struggled with since middle school. This was compounded by the series of awful nicknames I had as a kid. Guitar nose, Ichabod Crain, and others didn’t help my self-worth. Despite being called some pretty terrible names in school, Jesus found me towards the end of my middle school career. Knowing that I was worth the death of Jesus Christ changed a lot for me. Sure people still made fun of me throughout school, and even after, but I pressed into my relationship with God the creator. … More My Resume SUCKS, but I do not!
I can’t begin to count the amount of times I have been told the sound for the church service, festival, program, or what have you was TOO LOUD! What are some possible solutions to this issue? Well I hope to help give you a few suggestions I have found helped over the years. Let’s get plugged into leadership and see if we can turn up our leadership and turn down the volume. … More When Worship is TOO LOUD! And What To Do About It
In nearly every church service the moment when you, the preacher, walk up on stage, gathers your notes and starts to speak happens. Everyone in the room is ready. Or are they? You open your mouth and begin but your microphone is not on! Frustration rushes through you. “Everyone knows what is about to happen but the one person who is responsible for turning on the mic” you think to yourself. What you say next will have a huge impact to the person at the soundboard. In this article I’d like to address pastors that have to work with technical people to carry out weekend services. I hope to give you a few things you can do that will help you get more out of the team on the weekend. Being on staff as a Technical Director for years, and now a pastor, I hope to bring unique insight that will be valuable for you. Let’s get plugged into leadership. … More Pastors, 5 Ways to get the most out of your Weekend Tech Team