I have been serving as a Multimedia designer and Technical team leader for 5 years at my church.
I have seen leaders, pastors, and volunteers come and go. Some cracking under pressure and others who drop out due to joining for the wrong reasons.
It would be nice to tell people that my job in ministry is easy. All I do is make pretty pictures and push buttons all day.
If this is how you see you role in ministry, whether you’re a volunteer or full time technical director, it’s time to change your mind-set.
We have one of the most toughest jobs in ministry. As a technical team leader, I seldom get people who ever commend the team on the great work and dedication that’s put into a service.
When the sound is great, the visuals and camera work are perfect, no one really cares. BUT when there’s interference or feedback or a spelling mistake on the screens, then everybody looks back to the technical team.
Have you ever experienced this at church before?
I don’t want to come across as ranting, because I am, but this is a sad reality within ministry. The truth is, production and media personnel work really hard and under stressful conditions.
It’s easy to become burnt out, stressed, and downright frustrated. Yet, we miss the point to our purpose as Christians. God has blessed us with the knowledge and ability to do what we do best. When we take the talent that is given to us and use it for His glory, then it becomes a gift back unto God. Sometimes the attitude that we bring to the team when things don’t always go according to plan needs to change.
We need to be more patient with new guy in the team, or try and communicate better with people who expect things to be done immediately.
Being the leader of technical team is never easy, nor is any other place of leadership. The way I have learned to deal with it is through lots of prayer and communication with the team and the leadership.
Have you ever experienced burn out or run down in ministry?
Here are 3 keys to avoid burnout that might help.