The church technology ministries around the world are in a beautiful place within the Church because they get the chance to serve with a level of humility and sacrifice that I rarely see elsewhere. The ministry is designed so that if you do everything right, you never notice we are there, but without us, hundreds and thousands will not hear the message being brought from your church. This servant heart is from our desire to support the Church in areas where we see lacking because we want the Gospel preached to all ends of the earth.
- Techies stand in the back of the church making sure everything is pitch perfect while more consistently than not, getting glared at by an old woman for not turning up her granddaughter on the piano.
- Church communication staff look at the message being presented every week and how it is impacting the congregation and community, responding directly to the tough questions online.
- Creatives show the beauty in God through the stage and church production but battle budgets and costs.
But missing in all of this is the soul and care for church tech ministries. We are constantly looking to improve our craft with the last social media platforms, investigating how to use Photoshop in innovative ways, and watch every Apple or Google event between New Year’s and Christmas.
But what does your ministry do for your soul?
I found a huge gap with soul care in my own personal experience with church tech and later found my experience was far from unique. In fact, do some research and outside of one book by Jonathan Malm, you’ll find that devotionals for church techs and creatives lacking. Which is scary since we are in the trenches with the most important story the world has ever known and the only thing that could stop it is us. We need to do more.
A ministry concept that directly applies here is that it is impossible to be able to pour out into others through your ministry if you have not been invested in yourself. And who better to connect with in a personal discipleship or small/life group than your tech team?
If we are asked tough questions about hot button issues on the church blog, do we wait until the senior pastor can address it within their busy schedule or respond ourselves? If we do it ourselves, but have not invested in ourselves, will we address it fully and without hesitation? See how this is starting to be a concern?
I wanted to take this issue of lacking soul care within church technology one step further with a devotional that spoke directly to the heart of a techy. Rebuilding goes through the whole book of Nehemiah, pulling out the leadership and servant spirit that the man embodies as he restores Jerusalem with faithfulness and passion we see in the hearts of those who run sound, cameras, stage design, and digital communications.
It’s designed to be done individually or as a team, I prefer the latter. More so, we don’t want cost to be a barrier for you, so we give you a whole church license that understands you are working with an already impossible budget. We hope it is a blessing to you, but that you can be a blessing to your team and them to your congregation and community. Because that is what this is ultimately about.
2 replies on “Is Soul Care Missing From Church Tech?”
Hey Jeremy, my perspective is that ministry teams often focus too much on WHAT they do (in this case tech), rather than WHY and HOW. The mission (WHY) of every church ministry should be the same as the church at large. And HOW we do ministry should be more important than what we do. If our ministry teams don’t make loving and discipling the people who are a part of our teams more important than flawless technical presentation, we are missing the point.