The technical area of the church (sound, lighting, projection, and television production) is a ministry of HELPS. We are here to assist the stage ministry of the church. That includes not only the music department but also the senior pastor, visiting guests, or anything else that may be happening in that service as well.
As a technical director it is his/her responsibility to help all departments of the church such as youth, children’s, music equally.
As support staff there are times you feel overworked and misunderstood. Often there are multiple demands placed on you that can be difficult to fulfill. It was during one of my low points of “nobody cares, nobody understands me” that a good friend stopped me on a sidewalk and said “Did you know that you’re in the Bible?” I said “What do you mean?” He began to read Exodus 31:1-3 (KJV)
“And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, See I have called by name Bezaleel, son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.” These scriptures go on to talk about how Bezaleel’s skill helped to build the sanctuary where God would dwell. God has allowed me to design and build many new church audio, lighting and video systems over the years, and I have drawn enormous strength from the example set by Bezaleel.
When God brought these scriptures into my life I started to weep, knowing now that I do fit into the big picture. God knew my talents enough to call me by name to HELP build His kingdom. As I go about my “job” of sound operator in my church I’m constantly praying for wisdom, knowledge and understanding. In this ever-changing world of audio it is essential to stay current with the industry. It is just as essential to stay current with God and seek His guidance in the technical ministries of the church.
Your technical ministry ensures that the gospel of Christ will be heard and communicated to the congregation. Isaiah 40:3 (KJV) says, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” I believe the technical ministries of the church create a pathway for the gospel to be delivered.
God knows that we not only need wisdom, but the knowledge to understand the area of ministry He has called us to. In our field, it’s the ability to understand what the equipment is telling us that is the true gift. In all other areas of the church ministry the one common denominator is people. It takes people to run youth, children’s and music departments. In the technical department it takes equipment and people. An understanding of equipment is essential to have a smooth running service, along with skill and understanding to make the equipment work.
I encourage you to stay true to your calling. The gift of assisting others through audio, lighting, or projection is precious and should never be taken for granted. It is so easy to get caught up with the duties of running sound for a Service, or any other church event. Remember you can quickly lose the focus on your “real job” that of growing in the Lord and winning souls to Christ. I have found that I periodically must sit out and enjoy a service, or part of a service to stay fresh with God.
Learn to appreciate the needs of the various church departments you serve and your gift of “HELP” to these ministries. Most importantly, keep your eyes on Jesus and remember that you do fit in with His master plan.