5 Important Team Building Strategies in Church Tech
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Make no mistake, tech arts in church is a people business. And that is a good thing.
Jesus is in the people business.
Even though we love to work with gear, people should always be our main focus. There are so many facets to working with a team made up of staff and/or volunteers.
One of the best parts of being a tech director in a church is the wide variety of things we do to support the ministry of the church. Some is physical work, but most of being a tech director is working with people.
But what is the most important ways a tech director can build a rock star team? That is a great question.
In no particular order, here are my top five:
1. Be clear on what you expect.
Each person on your team should know what you expect from the team, not only their outlined tasks, but also pertaining to their work ethic and attitude.
Everyone comes from different backgrounds and work styles. You need to reset this to what you want your team to be. A great team is constantly reminding of what is expected and where the bar is set. They must know the big picture and feel like they are part of it. That must be ingrained into them line upon line, on a continuing basis.
2. Make sure they know the equipment.
A well-oiled machine works, because the individual parts don’t really think about how each of them moves and operates. A well-oiled team works the same way.
Training each member of the team to hone the actual craft of sound, lighting, video, or whatever they are set to do - is critical. Each member of the team should eventually be able to train the next generation of operators with the “team” way of operating whatever gear is used. The side benefit to this is that they will have way more fun when each member of the team is confident in their skills.
3. They need to know the core values.
Every team member should know what the “Big” picture is. By this I mean, the “Why.” Why do we do things the way we do them and why do we do this at all? This ranges from the core values of the team, to the core values of the organization. These things must be constantly taught, over and over again.
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.” (Isaiah 28:10 NKJV).
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