nobody understands me

I talk a lot about bridging the divide that can sometimes exist between tech people and the people on stage.  Not only is there a large physical distance that separates us from each other (the distance between the booth and the stage), but there is also a worldview that can be very different.

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So, what do you do in a situation where you are working 50 hours/week, training volunteers as fast as you can, and still aren’t understood or appreciated for the work you are doing?  What do you do when only the shortcomings of your ministry are noticed and the gains are overlooked?

You are not alone – there are many tech people all over the world that struggle with situations like this every day.  The evil one wants to thwart us every chance he gets, and the relationship between you and your worship leader or senior pastor is a prime target for him to mess with.  What can you do?  How about finding another TD at a church in your area and reach out to him/her.  Pray for each other, encourage each other.  Connect with other TDs.  We all struggle to one degree or another.  Know you aren’t alone and reach out to those around you.

God created you uniquely – even though you may not be understood or getting along with your counterparts in ministry, God created you specifically for a purpose and it is important to push through difficult situations and taste a more beautiful version of the way God created the Body of Christ.

Perseverance Builds Character – Blah, blah, blah.  That sounds like something my parents would say to me.  But in James 1 it says:

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Stick with it.  God is using your current situation to form you into the person you were meant to be.   It certainly isn’t easy, but it is necessary to not only form you but to fulfill the purposes of the body of Christ where you are.

What is your unique contribution to the church that you have been called to?

In what ways is God calling you to push through in order to get to the other side?

How can I reach out to another church production person and encourage them to continue on?

  • Good thoughts, Todd. I would say the single thing I’ve done in the past few years that has sustained me as a TD was to connect with other TDs. We are a bit of a weird lot, and when you consider that most churches only have one, maybe two TDs on staff, we really need others to support us and keep us from jumping off the ledge. 

    The only way we can carry on for the long haul is to make sure we are where God has called us to be for this season, and to have others around us to reinforce that calling. Get to know other TDs, both locally and across the country. You will never regret that.

    • Good words Mike.  In my earlier years, I was desperate for community among technical people at other churches.  So desperate, that I started cold calling churches in my area and around the country, just trying to find someone to connect with.  I had actually called up Coast Hills way back in the late 90’s asking to talk to their TD.

      None of us really have time to add more to our plate, but reaching out and being available to each other is critical to survival.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • wow..this post was really timely for me.  As a volunteer, I just came off mixing one of the worst nights of my 10 year career in live church audio.  What a blessing it was to have the Senior Pastor, worship leader, programming director and my tech director surround me in prayer after what could have been a real letdown.  Great stuff Todd, thanks for sharing!

    • It is so great to hear that you have people that love and support you!  Unfortunately that is not always normal.  Celebrate it and don’t take it for granted.  Also, make sure you let them know how meaningful their actions were to you. 

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