I am continually amazed at how expensive production equipment can be…I can only imagine what non-technical people think of the prices!
We have been in the process of upgrading a space here, and we are choosing to not go for the best long-term solution, but rather a really solid intermediate step. In other words, we aren’t even talking about wireless mics or changing out the 4:3 screens for 16:9 or doing any sort of lighting upgrade; and it is still a ton of money. Just for the basics of audio.
I have learned (or relearned) a few things in this process.
If I think it is expensive and I understand what needs to happen technically, imagine what it is like for a non-technical church leader who only understands that it is going to cost a lot. I probably still haven’t done a great job of this, but I have been trying to over-communicate what can and can’t be done, and why things cost what they do.
The leaders at my church, and yours, need to know that we are being responsible for the money that has been donated by the congregation and that what we are purchasing will advance the ministries of the church and not just be a bunch of cool new toys for the tech team.
The other big thing I have gotten a new perspective on is that it doesn’t help anyone if I undersell the idea. If after working through what is needed, I shouldn’t back down from the realities of what needs to be done.
As a type 9 on the enneagram scale, it turns out that I don’t love conflict. When I get into situations where people are pushing on why things need to cost so much, I find myself trying to figure out how we could do it for less. While working hard to make things the least expensive they can be is a necessary exercise and a responsible way to spend the church’s money. However, if it needs to cost a certain amount in order to achieve the desired results, there is no reason to try to hide or downplay that.
So maybe to summarize what I’m learning, over-communicate and acknowledge that equipment is expensive. But also, don’t back down from what is needed to achieve the desired results. If the needs of the ministry cost “x”, don’t undersell to “y” and then not really help the ministry.