martin luther and the perfect mix

The cobbler praises God every time he makes a decent pair of shoes.

I read this quote a few weeks ago. It is attributed to Martin Luther…you know, the guy who helped kickstart the reformation. Using the interwebs, I went looking to see if he actually said this, and I only found anecdotal evidence. Instead of spending any more time looking, it seemed like it was time to just write what I was thinking about it, since it is a great idea, whether or not Martin Luther said it.

As a technical artist in the local church, it is really easy to lose sight of the fact that what I do matters. And it doesn’t just matter from the standpoint of executing a service flawlessly or helping to create an environment where people can experience God.

The reality of Herr Luther’s statement is that doing what God created me to do and doing it well, is an act of worship. My personal act of worship. Martin Luther talked about a guy making shoes. I’m talking about those of us behind the soundboard, or backstage, or editing videos.

God doesn’t create all of us to be on stage leading people in worship or teaching God’s word for our congregations. Most of you who read this blog are behind the scenes. For most of us, it is easy to assume that we do all this work for the sake of other people, so they won’t be distracted and can worship freely.

While true, it is just a shadow of the truth. So many times, technical artists that I talk to end up worshipping excellence or the perfect mix; the goal of their art form is the art or the technology itself. There is so much more to what we are doing. God created us as technical artists to worship him. By practicing our art with excellence, by creating the perfect mix, when editing the next video we were designed for worshiping God.

What motivates you? Is it the technology? Is it facilitating worship for others? Is it using how God has made you return worship to him?

  • Thanks a lot for this words of encouragement

  • I couldn’t agree more. Our efforts must be primarily for the audience of One, because the talents he has given us are meant to be honed and stewarded and given back to Him, just as the parable goes.
    It’s been on my heart recently as I cast vision for the team of techs I lead that while we were not all meant to be on stage, we actually are all meant to lead worship. When you cue the ProPresenter slide to get that lyric up in time for people to read and comprehend before they sing, you are literally leading worship. When you capture that camera shot of the vocalist with her hands in the air, because that’s the imagery that will draw the congregation’s heart towards Jesus, you are literally leading worship. When you mix the audio so that the articulation of the vocals is clear and the energy of the moment is palpable, you are literally leading worship.
    I love to encourage my fellow technical artists to see that we are first and foremost a team of worshippers (who we are), secondly a team of worship leaders (what we do) and only thirdly a team of techs (how we do it).

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