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Museums, Movements, and Mr. Lilly
Recently our Middle School Pastor RJ McCauley sent me a link to a video calle....more
Van Metschke 2020-08-04 General Worship
Tech: Mind Your Transitions
Train wreck. Car crash. Awkward moment. Bumpy ride. Kludge. These are just some of the phrases many a technical professional has uttered under their breath during an event that is going, shall we say, not so smoot....more
Van Metschke 2020-07-28 Video Advice
The Fourth Element Part Two
This is the most sensitive and important part of the sound system. People are the deciding factor in the sound equation. Most people that volunteer for the sound ministry at church have a great heart of service. They are....more
Van Metschke 2020-07-20 Sound Advice
Working In Your Strengths
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about working in my strengths. Like many of you, I have many strengths that pertain to the tech world. For me, the two at the top are 1) being a good troubleshooter, and 2) being ....more
Van Metschke 2020-07-06 Sound Advice
Leading Up
Working with your leaders to accomplish the vision they have set forth. To help them understand the strengths and challenges from the boots on the ground point of view. WHAT LEADING UP IS NOT: It is not MANAGING U....more
Van Metschke 2020-06-30 General Worship
They Say It's the Same
Have you ever been sitting in a service in which you are not serving and wondered, “Wow, this sounds much different than last Sunday”? Maybe you have noticed that some weeks the complaints about the sound are “It’s too l....more
Van Metschke 2020-06-15 Sound Advice
Why and What
I talk to a lot of church techs who don’t really understand what the condition of our heart ‘should be’ about why tech is needed in church. In the world we live in, the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat environme....more
Van Metschke 2020-06-01 Sound Advice
Reduce Stress
Don’t know where this came from, but I think we could all do our job as techs better if we followed these tips. Let’s try it together. 36 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS 1. Pray 2. Go to bed on time. 3. Get up on ti....more
Van Metschke 2020-05-26 General Worship
Pressure Moments vs. The Big Picture
If you’ve been in tech for any amount of time, you know that when it’s “show-time” things get serious. We make the service or event happen and that means that we need to stay on task and focused. At my previous church....more
Van Metschke 2020-05-14 Sound Advice
Building Leaders
One of my passions is raising up young leaders, helping them to find not only their vocational gifts but also their God-given ministry gifts. I have had the honor to help raise up many young leaders in and out of the tec....more
Van Metschke 2020-05-11 Sound Advice
The Fourth Element
True or false? "The sound system in your church is the same as the system in mine." The answer to this question seems so obvious, but most sound people have learned most of their audio knowledge with the sound sy....more
Van Metschke 2019-10-17 Sound Advice
Sound Systems: 101
How does sound get from the microphone to the speakers? Well I'm glad you asked! Although systems vary from the simple to the ridiculously complex, all systems flow in generally the same way. It is important that all mem....more
Van Metschke 2019-02-28 Sound Advice
Continuity is King
Have you ever been sitting in a service in which you are not serving and wondered, "Wow, this sounds much different than last Sunday"? Maybe you have noticed that some weeks the complaints about the sound are "It's too l....more
Van Metschke 2019-01-17 Sound Advice
Changing to Win
As my church heads into a season of change (an auditorium remodel, a name change, and a new website) I am brought back to the Bible’s views on changing the method but not the message. Change can be hard, but the rewards ....more
Van Metschke 2018-07-19 Sound Advice
A “Deep and Wide” Tech Ministry
I came across a blog post recently by Charles Stone in which he summed up five questions that should be asked a your next staff meeting based on Andy Stanley’s book “Deep and Wide” . This prompted me to think about wh....more
Van Metschke 2018-07-12 Sound Advice
Life Together
We’ve all heard “Doing Life Together” or “We are better together” which are really just different ways of saying “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all t....more
Van Metschke 2018-07-02 Sound Advice
The Powder Keg
So much of what we do as church techs revolves around communication between those we work with and us. Clarity and alignment of the overall vision is key. Unfortunately, techs, pastors, musicians, and even attendees are ....more
Van Metschke 2018-04-30 Video Advice
The Fourth Element Part Four
At most churches each musician brings their instrument of choice and the sound person is expected to mix and equalize all and any instruments into a glorious blend of celestial music. It is a true fact that you can’t mak....more
Van Metschke 2018-04-23 Video Advice
The Fourth Element Part Three
This is an area that plagues most churches because little attention is given to it while the building is being built. Not all, but many of the architects that I have worked with over the years do not really understand a....more
Van Metschke 2018-04-09 Sound Advice
Leadership Silver Bullets
I am asked frequently what I think my “Silver Bullets” for leadership and managing people are. So I thought I would share some (Note that I didn’t think any of these up, I stole.. I mean learned them from others far wise....more
Van Metschke 2013-11-12 Sound Advice
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