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
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
Maybe It Is Rocket Science Many years ago I was in a hotel in Laughlin, Nevada for a dance competition with my two daughters (since you asked, tap, ballet, and jazz, them not me). We spent two days at this competition and the event was held in a l....more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tech: Mind Your Transitions Train wreck.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on ti....more
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
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