Not OJ

Twenty five years ago America was obsessed with the most publicized criminal trial in United States history.  On trial was the former Heisman Trophy honoree and running back for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, #32, O.J. Simpson. “OJ” was accused of the double-murder of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. With warrant in hand the police searched for OJ and his vehicle, a white 1993 Ford Bronco. Businessmen, housewives and school-kids were all on the…

Defining Excellence

I would venture to say one of the most discussed yet misunderstood subjects in church production today is “excellence.” Week after week I see blog posts about excellence. Discussions with church technical artists often touch on the subject. Social media from peers address it.  Could it be that I am just the excellence conversation magnet? I don’t think so. In an article entitled, “The Balance Between Excellence and Excess”  the author warns of productions gone amuck in the church.  But if that…

Attitude of Gratitude, a Tech Leader’s Most Important Resource

What would you say if I told you that there was a totally free, always available way you could multiply your own productivity as well as increase the efficacy of your volunteer’s time and efforts, grow and retain team rosters, better everyone’s mood by improving your work environment, insure your superiors are happy, all while deepening personal relationships? Sounds too good to be true? Nope, this is for real. This works! What could this magical tool be? It’s a simple,…

Becoming A Partner

Most church techs I’ve met (including myself) hate to be on-stage. We’re perfectly happy behind the scenes in our chosen supporting roles. While we withdraw from the spotlight of attention some occasionally feel our work goes unnoticed, dare I say unappreciated. Unless resolved we may go through periods being conflicted. We don’t want attention, but we also don’t want to be unappreciated. Being conflicted unchecked over time can consume us. I used to work at a successful A/V Staging company…

Does the Bible have anything to say about technology?

And if yes, what? No, I am not suggesting there are obscure or hidden Bible verses mentioning digital audio consoles, DMX, or large sensor camera imagers. But I’ve heard (usually from church tech-arts brethren) that the Bible has little to say about technology. Maybe that assumption should be challenged? In 1st Samuel the Bible reveals to us a story which has technology at its core, throughout, from beginning to end. It’s a story about the longing for better technology ……

You want to serve there …

This meme has been making the rounds on social media.  As you can imagine, it has generated many comments. One person responded, “No thanks, rather be at the bottom one.”  Another commented,  “We started years ago, I think we may have had no more than two dozen parishioners at that service, but today I run a Yamaha CL5 console for a mobile campus that has two morning services and approximately 300 people per service.  God is good!” A third, “This…

Musical Mediocrity

A few months ago I visited a church with a musician-friend I know.  I’ve been to this church before.  They are well established in the community near where he lives, have great Bible-oriented preaching and a warm friendly environment.  So, when my musician-friend began looking for a church to call home I recommended that he visit this church with me and check it out. He visited twice and then stopped.  I asked why. I could tell he was uncomfortable communicating…

Medium and Message

A while back Phil Cooke wrote an article which appeared on his website entitled, “The Medium is Really the Message.” I have to admit even now many months later I am uncomfortable with the brashness of his title. Upon first reading it I wanted to scream out, “Jesus’ work on the cross is the message, Phil!” Or, “God’s love for us is the message, not the medium!” You get the picture. My church-upbringing causes a kneejerk reaction to defend what…

Building Arks

“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett When stormy seasons come I am reminded of Warren Buffett’s statement, “Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” I wonder, if God through Noah had only warned of the coming flood, what good would that have been? Love is shown only through the fabrication, provision and the opportunity to be rescued by the Ark. As a technical artist (in church or elsewhere) I am called to be a problem solver,…

It’s All About Transitions

Three proverbs for Tech Artists considering career changes Tech people often talk about the importance of transitions. Usually this is within the context of cues, as in one song to the next, one lighting look to the next, a pattern of camera shots, etc. But what about career transitions? One of my favorite verses in the Bible is, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men” –…