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Seth Godin says this about art in his book “Linchpin”

Art anything creative passionate and personal
Art is about intent and communication
Uses bravery and insight to challenge the status quo
Personal gift that changes the recipient

This is why Exodus 31 is so important to me and why I want to make it important to other techies and in this case non-techies alike.  It’s about the art we create and how it is a gift to our people but how it is also a gift to God. Your acts of service area gift to God.

What we do is more then button pushing and camera holding, because what we do can change people. It can change people’s thoughts on churches, change peoples opinion of Christians, and can change peoples relationship with their creator.

When you think about what the Auditorium looks like with the bright lights and the huge projector screens and the massive speaker array get that picture in your head, close your eyes and think about what that looks like to you, Now thinks about what that looks like to people to come into our church for the first time.
Now think about what it looks like to God, I think to God it looks like this…. Art with our fingerprints all over it. Roger Blalock pointed this out to me at this session at WFX this past year, If you missed it you should go back and listen to it. He said, this important not because of what it is, but because of the relationship it represents. The most important part of all of this is our relationship with God, don’t miss that in the button mashing.

I say all this to give you perspective, because we need more artists. So keep this vision in mind, I am an artist and I need to identify the others like me.

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Ross released the a peek at the next frimware update.  Unlike a lot of manufactures Ross does a great job of updating their product after purchase.  It’s like built in upgrades and future proofing, for free! Continue Reading…

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June 25, 2011 — Leave a comment

A guy I know tweeted something the today that has kinda been sticking with me.  I met Anthony Coppege a few years back at WFX,  years later I presented with him at the same conference. I would pretty much just go to a conference to hear him because he has such an awesome heart for God, a wealth of knowledge and experience and is just an all around awesome guy. One of the things I always love about listening to Anthony is one the same things I about Mike Lee.  There are times he says things that I am pretty sure were just for me. 

So when he tweets something like “I think today’s church tech arts is in greater need of leaders than skilled technicians. The focus must shift from the gear to the people.”  That gets my attention.

He qualified it later with “In my opinion…because church leaders have been satisfied with tech = support instead of tech = ministry.”

Ouch

I would really love to say he is wrong here, but I can’t tell you how often I hear about tech guys getting burned out of have bad experiences.  I have seen lots of TD’s quit their jobs and lots of churches posting open TD positions and it really saddens me. I think a big part of it is because the people they work for see them as providing a service not as working in a ministry.  Yes, I absolutely think Church leaders need to treat their tech team the way they treat other ministries.  They need to be casting vision to, praying with, worshiping with, doing Church with their tech teams. I think that would be a great start halting the steady decline I see in tech ministry as a whole.  

But, where this gets me is if we want to be treated like a ministry we need to act like a ministry.  I wish I could remember who it was I read this from, but somebody once said a good TD is 1/3 tech geek 1/3 cheerleader, and 1/3 pastor.  Two of those I am really good at, that last one, not so much.  I am not going to make excuses about it, I am just flat out not good at that side of it.   

So I am going to place this challenge to TD’s (myself included) work harder at the ministering side of the job, focus on the people. 
  

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November 6, 2010 — Leave a comment

I typically try to keep my ego out of this blog, but today that is prolly not going to happen.  This week I was in Atlanta for WFX which is an awesome conference for tech people.  Well our production team was recognized at the conference.

We won the Solomon Award for Best Technical Production Team.  The key word in there is TEAM, I know how good my volunteers are but it good to be able to let them know that other people noticed as well.  For the record my team is AWESOME! They come and serve all the time and they constantly humble me with their commitment.