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What's Your Purpose?

Blake Engel, All Church Sound


Why are we at church? Why do we work so hard to make everything "just right"? What's our purpose?

If you don't know why you're doing something, there's no goal to be working toward. If there isn't a goal, the work becomes tedious and never-ending. It begins to feel the same week-to-week. Nothing ever changes, just more to do every week, every month, every year.

Every church that has a technical team of some sort, no matter the size, should also have a statement of purpose. Every year this statement should be revised if needed. It should be posted in several highly visible locations (like one in the music ministers office, in the sound storage closet, near the mixer, etc.).

The statement should not be written by one person, but by input from the entire team as well as the pastor or other key leaders.

Example: " The technical team of [church name] is committed to supporting the audio, lighting, video (etc.) needs of the church. We exist to positively reinforce the word of God that is preached from the pulpit."

You will also want to add some statements of how those on the team will act in their positions. Examples follow:

¥ We will be professional in all we do.

¥ We will act kindly to everyone we work with and will strive to give them the best support we possibly can.

¥ We will encourage and support members on the team.

¥ We will seek to build and not tear down each other.

¥ We will give the glory to God for all our achievements.

¥ We will submit to the teaching of others more knowledgeable than us.

Make sure you base everything on Biblical principles, and not just on your own desires. Make sure everyone on the tech team has a copy of this document to refer to.

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others" Philippians 2:3-4 NIV