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Are you tried of tired of frantically pushing buttons? Tired of running the house sound, the audio recording, and the video recording? Tired of coming in on short notice every time someone needs an audio guy?  Are you tired of doing everything yourself?

Maybe it is time to invite somebody to be a part of your team. Yes, recruiting new people is challenging, risky, and invasive to your space. But getting someone else involved allows you the freedom to not have to do all the things mentioned above. The process is not instant, as you will have to find the right person, train them, and then build trust in them.

Applying these tips to build up your volunteer team can make or break the effectiveness of the media ministry. I personally know the importance of these principles.

As we built our video ministry, I recruited some high school boys to be my first cameramen.

I felt I did a pretty good job of training them, but I didn’t plainly get my expectations across to them. Some expectations that I failed to mention to them were the following: don’t text throughout the service, make every effort to not go up and down out of the sound booth during the service, if you are going to miss a service, let me know.Things I assumed were obvious, but I didn’t spell it out. Nor did I have a schedule.

We have worked through many issues, but we are still in our infancy as a team. I’m just glad to know I have more time to improve my own leadership skills. Thankfully, the guys are gracious and we get along well.

My encouragement – look around the church. Find the guy who seems to be a want-to-be tech and glances longingly at the sound booth. That was me a few years ago… and now I’ve got my own team.

  A technical director doesn’t just know everything about the equipment. No, it is much more than that. Learning the equipment is really the first step to being a great technical director. Technical directors should work on skills besides just the technical ones. The article calls the technical director a “technical artist.” I think that is a great term for that position. Yes, the director has to lead his team, but he also must craft the presentation aesthetically.  

It is so easy to become bored or apathetic to our practice. Turn up these mics, dim this light, here we go again. But we fail to realize that each event is a new chance to impact lives whether with the morals from our play or the message of the gospel. Of course, being a creative artist takes more work, but the rewards are worth it. Remember the reason why you volunteered in the first place.

Last spring, our church bought a decent two HD-camera and video switcher setup. Since I am the Electronic Media (soon-to-be) major. I was put in charge of the TD or Technical Directing.

The cameras were placed within eye-shot of the switcher so I communicated with hand signals. I am really looking forward to when we finally get the two-way talk-back system online. Then I will teach my cameraguys these terms for camera directing.

These terms make it so much easier to get the shots you want.

Stressed Out Perfectionist

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist. Everything I do, I prefer it to be done exactly right. Whether it is editing a video, changing light settings, or switching video feeds, there was always something I could have done better. Sometimes this discourages me from even starting to do something. I stress out about the last thing I produced, that I forget that the next task is another chance to improve.

This fellow blogger has some of the same feelings. Here is how he overcomes perfectionism.