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For years, I was the church sound person.* Now, I’m a staff pastor. I feel like this gives me a helpful perspective on church tech, having seen it from the inside and now the outside. This has helped me write a lot about how to do church tech, but I think it’s time to discuss how we organize and staff the tech team. So, let’s start with the Sunday morning, or ‘in-service’ tech team and figure out who should be in each role, and how they should go about fulfilling the requirements of that role.
Here’s a simple flow chart to help you visualize my team’s hierarchy. As you can see, we have five positions: pastor, director, sound, screens, and lights.
Type - Post - Context - Person - Roles
Now, this is not a one-size-fits-all-churches type post. In your context, one person might fulfill two different roles, and that’s fine. That’s actually how it is in my church. Our team leader is the sound person, and our screens are run by the same person who runs the lighting. Plus, we have a live stream position, which I didn’t include at this time because I felt like that position is still a bit of a novelty. But if I’m wrong, let me know in the comments, and I’ll write it up.
Back to our hierarchy, it’s key to make clear that this is not a representation of importance. Rather, it’s designed to show the flow of vision. Yes, it does reflect the flow of authority and responsibility as well, but in the Kingdom, every person and every role is of equal worth. Sure, some positions and some people have more responsibility and more authority (i.e. the pastor), but as someone in one of those positions, let confess that there is no way I could do what I do without the whole team...
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