“As long as there is no supply, there will always be a demand.”
I don’t know if that makes economic sense, but it seems to describe the plight of Church techies: always feeling short on equipment and long on projects.
Church techs are part of a proud fraternity, which boasts MacGyver as our hero. Can you blame us? We, too, must complete daunting tasks with only duct tape and a pocket knife.
Okay, maybe it’s not that intense, but we are often found operating on a shoestring budget.
Right now, my church is working on redoing how we budget for our groups, events, and—I hope—our technology. We usually just wait for something to break. Then, we buy a replacement off of eBay or Craigslist. Of course, doing so often puts us in a place where a lot of different items need to be replaced at the same time. It also creates tough choices, “Is this item ‘broken’ enough to warrant replacement? Or can we squeeze another fiscal year out of it?”
Please don’t take that as a critique of our leadership: they’re trying to be good stewards, and I respect that.
It’s hard to change the way you’ve handled finances when you’ve handled them only one way for almost a hundred years.
How about your church?
Does your church budget for your technology needs?
Where do you look for ways to buy ‘new’ on the cheap?
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