Recently, I was talking to a friend who works at a non-profit. She is passionate about what she does. She is talented and has experience that qualifies her to do her job. She gets along well with her co-workers and genuinely loves serving the people of her community. She is, in short, really good at what she is doing.
However, lately when we talk, I hear a note of tiredness and perhaps frustration in her voice. She is overworked and her organization is understaffed, and as a result important things sometimes fall through the cracks. Her work is never done, and often crowds into her weekends and even her rare vacations. Because of her amazing level of commitment and dedication she runs the risk of burning out, which would basically be a disaster for her organization.
Burnout looks a lot like being in the wrecker’s yard:
[This is part of the “Tech the Halls” series. Be sure to read: Let's Be Thankful, Giving Thanks for Lay-People and Giving Thanks for Pastors.]
The holidays equal stress, especially at church, right?
No one’s shocked, I’m sure.
So what’s a great to combat this stress?
But how do we have fun as a tech team? How do we make our work more fun and exciting during this stressful holiday season? Here are a few ways:
The holidays are a crazy time of year for everyone, but it can be especially stressful for church tech sound booth volunteers, video operators, worship leaders and more. On this episode, we talk about some things you can do to help relieve some of that stress, making the holiday season more enjoyable for everyone!
We also have Five Questions with Church Marketing Sucks editor Kevin Hendricks and the ChurchMag crew talks about the process of blogging.
Last week, 37signals released a new book titled, REMOTE.
The premises is that an office is not required. 37signals hires the most talented people in the world, and the way they’ve been able to do it is by ignoring the traditional office setup, or as they call it, an “interruption factory.”
Since I am someone who is working remotely, I found myself agreeing wholeheartedly with a lot of what this book video trailer had to say:
Have you heard this one before?
“I have so much going on with fixing broken computers, doing training for staff, working with scheduling conflicts for the sunday service with the volunteers, ensuring that we have the microphones working with full batteries, ensuring that the website is running well, and ten other things, I cannot possibly worry about “dreaming big.” It’s just not a luxury I have.”
Another version of this fear to dream big might sound something like this.
“I could do X, Y, or Z, but how would I get the money for this, hook it all together, or figure out the right people to run the whole thing? Nah, I don’t think I can go down that road.”
Dreaming big should not be a problem that you need to solve for, but an opportunity to start something amazing.
I remember learning about Groupthink for the first time. The example used was the Challenger Space Shuttle, a moment in history that leaves a heavy impression on an elementary school kid who watched the launch on live television.
So, yeah, Groupthink to me was more than just a psychological/sociological phenomenon, but something that should be avoided at all cost.
This 1960′s elevator experiment effectively demonstrates how Groupthink works:
If you have any investment in ministry with a church or non-profit, regardless if you are paid staff or a volunteer, you understand what it means to be busy. As a church techie, this busyness can be a huge issue if the very limited resource of time is not held with proper boundaries. If you ever worked for more than nine months on the church’s soundboard, video team, or presentation team, you more than likely have stated ,”I’ll just do it Sunday morning.”
I’m a slave to my calendar. So I’m always looking for ways to manage it better and be more efficient in my use.
The app that has become my go to for my calendar is Fantastical. Now I’m a typical native user. So for an app to pull me away from my iPhone or Mac’s built in calendar, it’s really got to be something. And Fantastical is.
What I like about this app is it’s ease of use. Continue Reading…
I just heard someone say this today, and I couldn’t have agreed more:
We live in the age of communication, but never before has there been so much misunderstanding.
For all of the e-mails, texts, and such that we send around our church office, we often misunderstand or misinform each other. That’s part of why we embarked on this mission to find a GTD app/system that would help us keep organized. In the previous post of this series, I revealed that we chose Wunderlist to manage our tasks for us. Today, I’d like to offer up another solution that would be helpful in a staff setting in which someone on the team is less than tech savvy.
Does it ever seem to you that it’s harder to keep your team organized, even in this era of instant communication? I think it might be because the speed of society is perennially a notch or two ahead of mainstream technology, but whatever the reason, it’s up to us to do our best to fight back against poor organization.
To that end, I’ve been taking you on short journey that my church’s pastoral staff recently took as we sought out a simple, yet powerful way to organize our team. Last time, I showed your Teambox, a wonderful service that is just simply too much for us. Well, I have two more methods I’d like to show you, but I must admit that I’m going to do this in a weird way. I’m going to show you what we chose to do before I show the final and simplest method.
And so, with that, we turn our eyes to…Wunderlist.