As a technical director who is was relatively new to the world of church tech and also to ministry, one of the things I struggled with was learning more about what I was doing before I crashed into a barrier of not having enough knowledge or experience to make good decisions. Sometimes, it was that I simply didn’t know enough about a certain area of technology to get the job done and I was at a loss. Other times, my leadership was poor simply because I didn’t have the experience or maturity to weigh all of the aspects of the challenge and make a good decision.
Each time that I’ve come across problems such as this, the Lord has always provided someone to help me, challenge me or guide me. It doesn’t mean I’ve averted failure; nor does it mean that I made good decisions every time. But , it does mean I’ve learned and changed how I do things because of people who the Lord has placed in my path. It comes from people who are older then me and sometimes from people who are younger then me.
In the next month, I want to highlight a few people who I have had the pleasure to get to know over the past few years and some I have had the privilege to do ministry along side of them.
Two of these guys are church technical ministry gurus. Bill Swaringim and Kevin Poole have been huge influences in my life over the past two years for church tech but also for leadership in technical ministry. Their voices carry experience and wisdom. Bill is the leader of CTL (Church Technical Leaders) which has networked church technical directors across the nation. His website and faithfulness was one of the reasons I figured out that being a church tech director was something I could actually do and pursue as a career and had a life-altering effect on my life. Kevin is the tech director of Mobbery Baptist Church in Longview, TX but has been a TD at First Baptist Church of Dallas as well as the audio director for Liberty University. He’s attention to detail, intricate planning and technical orchestration is amazing and there is much to be learned in the church world today from his insight.
The other two guys are up and coming leaders who I meet while I was on tour as an audio engineer with Valley Forge Christian College in Chosen and Pneuma. David Brock was a youth leader who that I connected with and wound up touring with a year later and is now a Children’s Pastor integrating tech into other areas of ministry. Pete Wituszynski was a camper in my cabin as a youth leader who is now on his way to becoming an electrical engineer and has become a solid production tech. He’s an ultra-nerd when it comes to gear functionality and workflow and is doing an in-depth product comparison on two new consoles that are rocking the market right now.
I’ve done alot of writing…and you all have done alot of reading! I just wanted to take some time to kind of sit back and stop talking and allow some of these stellar tech guys to talk for me. They’ll be posted on Mondays this month and potentially next month depending on the response so make sure you’ve subscribed to the blog and you’re getting updates. I’m also asking people to tweet these articles if you enjoy them or if you’ve learned something from it. I want to amplify the voices of these guys because of their knowledge and faithfulness.
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