In many ways one of the most defining elements of last year was realizing that I’m not alone as a church technical director. I discovered I’m part of an international community of tech guys who are facing the same challenges I am week after week.
They understand the exhausting and often thankless work, the huge expectations, tight (or non-existent) budgets, and the imminence of yet another Sunday service. They understand RTA, SDI, SPL, DMX, PFL, ADC and DVI – and they want to talk about it! There are church tech guys with invaluable advice, who have just finished dealing with technical challenges we are just about to confront at Grace Family Church. At the same time, there are churches who are just starting projects that we have finished, and could benefit from hearing about where we succeeded, and where we went wrong.
I can’t overstate the fundamental way this realization changed the way I look at the work I’m called to. It opened me to more collaborative thinking, and the benefit in the sharing of creative and technical resources, from audio and lighting to stage set/scenic and graphic design. There are people who can help you where you’re at – and there are people who desperately need your help.
I am convinced that together, not only we can be more effective in our individual ministries, but we can further the cause of the big ‘C’ church.
I have included some of the most useful resources I’ve come across, (I’ll put up a few more everyday this week) and if they are even half as useful to you as they were to me, it’s well worth the time of checking them out! I have to give a special thanks to the ChurchTechTalk guys, who, in my opinion really embody the idea of reaching out to engage church tech guys around them.
www.churchtechtalk.com – a team of great guys who podcast weekly around church tech and whatever else pops into their minds. They give away tons of free media and a ‘creative kick in the pants.’
www.npccproduction.org – awesome blog run by the production team at North Point. So encouraging seeing guys pushing the tech boundaries for the glory of God. So much info to be gleaned from their experiences/systems.
www.churchstagedesignideas.com – churches from all over the world send their set design ideas/photos/plans in to share on this site. Almost limitless inspiration here.
www.churchcrunch.com – no matter what field of tech/creative arts you’re into, there is something here that will blow your hair back.
http://open.lifechurch.tv/ – amazing resource from an amazing church who make their video/graphic/creative elements available for free download.
If you have any of your own to add, comment, or drop me a mail – I’d love to hear from you!