Tech-Artists’ Proverbs

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary a “Proverb” is an adage, a saying often in metaphorical form that typically embodies a common observation. In the Bible the English word Proverb has the meaning of an aphorism, a pithy observation that contains a general truth. As a college student I trained to be…

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Fader Monkeys

Humheads (sound/audio engineers), Sparkies (electrics), Rug Tuggers (convention expo workers), Vidiots (video engineers), Nail Benders (carpenters), Laundry Lepers (wardrobe department), Squints (lighting) … One thing is for sure, people in the technical arts trade have always found endearing terms to describe their colleagues. The terms are meant to poke fun at our associates with, well, a wee…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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Foam the Runway

Have you ever had a church service or a production “crash and burn?”  I don’t mean a small technical hiccup, I mean a major failure! The type where EVERYONE in the audience knows something’s definitely wrong. The type that gets you called into someone’s office for a meeting afterward? If…

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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…

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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…

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