The first of the year is a great time to start inviting people to join your tech team.
The Christmas holiday has passed and the new year is now underway. Take advantage of this time to reflect on the past year and how your technical ministry can move forward in the coming months.
Part of moving forward is to engage potential new team members and get them involved in your planning process. Let them see your operation from the ground up. Getting new folks involved earlier will also give them a sense of place and ownership in the team.
It’s Time to Easter Plan
Do you have an upcoming Easter event or production in the works? You better start getting ready for that now.
Now is the perfect time to allow new tech team members the opportunity to practice their skills before being put in a position where they need to “sink or swim”. Providing good training will build a more cohesive team, and it will reduce the emotional burnout that can come from being cast into a situation for which they are not properly equipped.
Cross-Train Your Team Leaders
If you are a team leader, this time will give you the opportunity to assess the skills of your volunteers and work through any deficiencies or determine where a person best fits on your team.
Work with other team leaders to see if there are cross-training opportunities with other tech teams. Volunteers that understand the scope of your church’s technical ministry will better understand where they fit within the ministry and how they can serve to the best of their ability.
Never be a Team of One
A lot of technical ministries can suffer from the scourge of “that one tech guy” that everything hinges on. Do not let this happen to you! Even the smallest country church should have a backup sound and media tech. Your church is no different.
Is it a control issue? Get over it. Ask for assistance (even if you think you don’t need it). Invite people to be part of what you are doing. Then give them the opportunity to serve alongside you.
Yes, it will take some patience to get new people involved. And yes, you’ll need to cultivate a culture of acceptance, grace, excellence, and humble service within your new team. This is the perfect chance to practice what you learned in Sunday School!
Practice What You Preach
Your technical ministries are a reflection of your church culture. Most of them may seem to operate “behind the scenes”, but the ways in which your volunteers serve, grow, and minister to others are just as vital as the Word that is spoken from the pulpit.
I encourage you to take some time this New Year season and thoughtfully consider how you can minister to your technical ministry team members to encourage their personal, emotional, and spiritual growth.
5 Ideas for Growing Your Tech Team This New Year:
- Invite new people behind the scenes to see exactly how your tech ministry works. This can start great conversations that lead to new members joining the team.
- Establish an on-boarding process for new team members. How will a new member advance from knowing very little to eventually leading the team?
- Develop or fine-tune a reliable training program for your technical ministry. Your sound system is just a mess of boxes and wires without the proper knowledge to use it! Invest in your new and current team members.
- Get new team members involved in the planning process for upcoming special events and work with other technical ministries to establish cross-training opportunities.
- Spend time as a team outside of your regular training and serving schedule. Appreciate your volunteers on a regular basis. Be a blessing to them.
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