If you are a volunteer on the tech team at your church, congratulations!  You’re part a team that has the ability to make a profound impact on the delivery of the Word to your congregation.  It is an exciting and rewarding experience to be part of a group committed to excellence and service.

It is important to understand those two words, excellence and service, as you move forward in service to your congregation.

While sound can be a rather technical craft to master, it is important to strike a balance between attaining technical excellence and serving with a spirit of excellence.

Take pride in your technical and artistic skills as a sound system operator and serve with humble respect for your role in delivering the message of your faith.  But don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to know everything about sound, acoustics, or mixing to be good at your job.

A good attitude combined with a basic understanding of your system and a desire to do your best is much more important than pursuing a mirage of technical perfection. Serving with grace, an attitude of excellence, and a modest skillset will far outweigh the services of an audio genius with a resistive spirit and a penchant for control.

Serving with a spirit of excellence means that you are committed to refining your skills and striving to deliver the best results you and your team are capable of.

Serving with humility and grace means that you are well aware of the significant role you play in the delivery of the Word, yet you endeavor as a true servant to your congregation, worship team, and leadership.

Remember: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – II Timothy 2:15 NIV

When we become part of the sound or technical team, we are indeed handling “the word of truth”.  Do your best to handle the Truth of that Word correctly, and to the best of your ability.

Regardless of the size of your team, even if it is a team of one, endeavor to contribute the supreme value that your congregation deserves.  Your responsibilities may vary, but your quality of service should never wane.  In fact, it should only get better.  From stocking fresh batteries in the storage drawer, wrapping up cables, and showing up to rehearsal before anyone else arrives – to mixing a youth group worship band or a 30-piece orchestra for the Christmas musical – that is excellence.

by James Wasem / www.GreatChurchSound.com

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